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Valencia tennis breaks Burbank

Vikings doubles teams are the key to home playoff victory

Posted: May 14, 2009 10:18 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Valencia’s first round CIF-Southern Section Division II match was all about teamwork.

The Vikings leaned on a strong doubles performance, taking eight of nine sets in the doubles bracket, en route to a 12-6 win and a second-round invite.

“Our doubles teams were brilliant,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “We knew that they had a talented singles team, but we weren’t sure how deep they were. We came within a break of sweeping doubles, which is pretty impressive for a playoff match.”

Valencia’s doubles was led by a perfect day from its No. 1 team of Anders Jansson and Ronny Kimelman. The duo won all three of their sets in dominating fashion, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.

Matt Cheng and J.R. Macalutas also swept, winning 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1.

“We learned from what we have been practicing,” Jansson said. “We have been working really hard and practicing a lot so I think that paid off for us today. I think we just went out there and did our thing.”

Burbank’s top singles player Arthur Karagezian also did his thing, rolling to a trio of victories to put the Bulldogs (11-6) in contention to advance heading into the final group of sets.

However, Valencia (16-2) fed off heavy winds to roll through the last group of matchups, clinching victory when Ben Inchalik scored his second decision of the day and Valencia’s 10th win.

“I don’t think our guys were used to the wind,” said Burbank head coach Loi Phan. “There’s nothing at all that you can take away from Valencia. They are a great team, and they played an excellent match today. I think we got a little freaked out by the elements, but there’s nothing for us to be disappointed about. We lost to a quality group.”

The win has the potential to set Valencia up with a chance to avenge last season’s playoff loss to Palm Desert Saturday at a site to be determined.

“We knew if we won today then we would have a chance to get another shot at Palm Desert,” Jansson said. “We were totally focused on today, but now that it is over, we have a chance to think about what we might get a chance to do next.”

Valencia also received solid play from its top singles player Tyler Gottshall, who won two sets 6-4, 6-3, falling only to Karagezian 6-3. The Vikings took four of nine on the singles courts.

kdamore@the-signal.com

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