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Valencia’s train keeps on rolling

Vikings tennis team ends first half of Foothill League season undefeated

Posted: April 15, 2009 1:37 a.m.
Updated: April 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Some teams have a reputation so strong that they don’t need to make a statement.

Still, it’s those types of teams that tend to send the loudest messages.

As if winning six of the last seven Foothill League championships and opening the league season 4-0 was not enough, the Vikings took Tuesday’s match against Canyon as a chance to remind the rest of the league who is in charge.

Valencia defeated Canyon 15-3 at Canyon High Tuesday.

“It’s the midway point, and we wanted the other teams to know what we are all about,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “I think we succeeded in doing that today.”

Valencia (10-1, 5-0) swept doubles play with three sets taken by the teams of Ronny Kimelman and Anders Jansson, J.R Macalutas and Matt Chang, and John Schmidt and Daniel Bingham.

“For our doubles to start coming together is something we have been hoping would happen,” Kellogg said. “We have been experimenting with our third team so for Josh and Danny to play like they did today is huge.”

Matt Kincaid led the way for Canyon (8-4, 3-2), winning two sets and Canyon No. 1 Jason Ferliano scored one victory even though he was suffering from the flu.

“It hurt us that Jason wasn’t 100 percent,” said Canyon head coach Kent Ganevsky. “We under-performed overall, but you really have to hand it to Valencia. They have a very good team.”

Junior Tyler Gottshall maintained his perfect run through Foothill League play with a trio of wins, 6-2, 6-1, 6-1. Ben Inchalik took two sets for Valencia.

“Tyler has taken it upon himself to try to go undefeated in the Foothill League, which I think is an admirable goal,” Kellogg said. “He’s a quiet kid, but he’s our team leader because he lets his racket do the talking.”

With Ferliano ailing, Canyon was missing the typical performance it gets from its leader. The returning league singles champion, Ferliano was only able to score three points in his sets versus Gottshall and Inchalik.

Still, Ganevsky looks at the first half of the Cowboys’ season as an overall positive step toward the team’s goals.

“We know what we have to do as far as limiting our mistakes,” Ganevsky said. “It may not be fun to come out and lose 15-3, but, on the plus side, it does show the guys the speed they need to play at, and we know we can draw from this.”

For Valencia the match was another day of maintaining its dominance.

“It’s nice to have the first round of games under our belt with five wins,” Kellogg said. “As we figure out how our team lines up more and more we can continue to establish ourselves and have days like the one we had today.”

kdamore@the-signal.com

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