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Vikings stay perfect

Posted: April 16, 2008 2:15 a.m.
Updated: June 17, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Valencia's Tyler Gottshall returns a serve during game two of Tuesday afternoon's match against Hart High. Gottshall won the match 6-1 over the Garrett Russikoff of the Indians.

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The Valencia boys varsity tennis team defeated Hart 16-2 on Tuesday on the Indians home court.

The Vikings remain the preeminent force in the Foothill League, still undefeated at 7-0.

Vikings senior Jack Zapala remains the Vikings dominant No. 1 seed and continues to strive for excellence on the court.

"I have goals that I have set for myself personally," he said. " And one of them is to be undefeated in all my sets."

Zapala met his goal in the win over Hart sweeping all three of his sets 6-1, 6-2, 6-0.

"I was serving really well and I overpowering them with a lot of my shots," Zapala said. "

Along with the Azusa Pacific University-bound Zapala, No. 2 seed Tyler Gottshall swept his sets allowing his opponents to take one just game from him at 6-1, 6-0, 6-0.

Sophomore Ben Inchalick, who has played more doubles sets than singles sets this season, was the No. 3 singles players for the Vikings on Tuesday and also swept all three of his sets 7-5, 6-4, 6-1.

On the doubles side Jimmy Kim and Matt Cheng won two sets 6-3, 6-1.

Kim was also successful with Ronny Kimelsman, who substituted in for Cheng, winning their set 6-2.

Vikings head coach Annie Kellogg isn't letting the team rest on its laurels.

"We still have a lot of room for improvement," she said. "If we want to have a good playoff run we have to be consistent and work on committing to a game plan."

Kellogg has added two tough tournaments to the teams schedule in order to keep them competitive in league.

Zapala credits Kellogg's perpetual encouragement to the teams success.

"Annie pushes us hard," he said. "She really motivates us to keep playing."

The Vikings are currently ranked No. 4 in CIF-Southern Section Division II and are looking to continue its streak in order to secure a good seeding in the playoffs.

"We are focused on making it to the playoffs this year, even more than in the past," Kellogg said.

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