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Valencia eases into title share

Posted: April 18, 2008 1:36 a.m.
Updated: June 19, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
There are a couple of things you can expect this time of year.

Taxes are due on April 15 and around a week or so of that date, Valencia boys tennis is clinching a Foothill League title.

For the third consecutive season, the Vikings will wear the crown after an 18-0 victory over Saugus clinched at least a tie for the championship with two matches remaining in the regular season.

It was another in a line of many accomplishments in the 13-year Valencia coaching career of Annie Kellogg.

Kellogg has won six straight league titles on the girls' side and now the three consecutive on the boys'.

She owes the success to commitment from the athletes in her program.

"Let's be realistic - sports in Santa Clarita is huge. Football players play football year around. Softball players play softball year around. ... If you want to develop a good program, you've got to get kids motivated to do that. We put in a lot of time," Kellogg said.

That commitment has led to Valencia's unparalleled success in local tennis.

Yet the boys have not made it past the a division quarterfinal.

Valencia, currently the fourth ranked team in CIF-Southern Section Division II, will face defending Division IV champion Viewpoint today, hoping to see strong competition going into the postseason.

"I'd like to think we can have a good run in the playoffs," Kellogg said. "Doubles will have to play consistently. Hard work is a lot of it."

Doubles did their job on Thursday losing only eight games.

Matt Cheng and Alex Pick had the strongest performance, winning 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0.

"Matt Cheng and Alex Pick had such a hard time against West Ranch (April 3). They got swept - couldn't find the court," Kellogg said. "Today they redeemed themselves, got right back into it."

Saugus' best performance of the day came from the duo of Pedro Moura and Lukas Colman.

The pair, though, were defeated 6-3 by Cameron Phillips and Ben Inchalik.

Valencia lost only six games on the singles side.

Jack Zapala swept 6-1, 6-0, 6-0.

Tyler Gottshall won 6-0, 6-1, 6-0.

Jimmy Kim also won three - 6-2, 6-1, 6-1.

The Vikings are now 19-1 on the season and 8-0 in the Foothill League.

Saugus is 5-8 overall and 3-5 in league.

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