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Cornerstones: Kimelman, Jansson named All-SCV doubles team of '09

Duo anchored Valencia from the No. 1 doubles spot

Posted: June 16, 2009 9:09 p.m.
Updated: June 17, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
When the Foothill League season opened, youth was the main concern for Valencia boys tennis.

Ten undefeated matches later, the young Vikings had proved that age was no impairment on their way to a seventh league title in eight years under head coach Annie Kellogg. They did so largely thanks to No. 1 doubles team of Ronny Kimelman and Anders Jansson.

Any doubts about the Vikings’ experience were laid to rest when the team got a sweep from Kimelman and Jansson in a 17-1 win over Golden Valley in the league opener.

Valencia relied on its doubles team to pull it through Foothill League play as the Vikings’ depth keyed their success. The doubles teams proved to be critical in pulling out victories, such as a 10-8 win on April 21 over West Ranch that gave the Vikings a two-game cushion with three matches to play.

Kimelman and Jansson were the deciding factor on the afternoon, winning their three sets to give Valencia the edge.

Kimelman and Jansson entered the Foothill League Tournament as the top seed in the bracket, and proved to be no match for anyone other than their own teammates, Matt Cheng and J.R. Macalutas.

Cheng, the lone senior on Valencia doubles, and Macalutas ended Kimelman and Jansson’s hopes of a doubles title by dropping the duo in the finals of the tournament, but Kimelman still has another year with the Vikings and Jansson has two.

Still, by reaching the finals, Kimelman and Jansson qualified for the CIF-Southern Section Prelims, winning their first-round match against Wyatt O’Roke and Aaron Chen of Villanova Prep 6-1, 6-1 before falling in the second round.

It was the only doubles match won by a Foothill League team at the event.

Kimelman and Jansson came up big again versus Burbank in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II team playoffs with a three-for-three day to help lead the Vikings to a 12-6 win before Valencia was bounced by Palm Desert in the second round.

With nearly the entire 2009 Viking roster returning in 2010, the future looks as bright as the past for Valencia, and Kimelman and Jansson appear primed to continue to build upon their success.

kdamore@the-signal.com

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