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Hart’s weakness becomes a strength

Indians doubles teams pick up seven of nine sets to defeat Canyon tennis

Posted: October 1, 2009 9:55 p.m.
Updated: October 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Nicole Smith, Canyon's No. 1 singles player, approaches the net for a point Thursday at Canyon.

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After Hart girls tennis dropped a close one in its Foothill League-opening loss to West Ranch, Indians head coach Patty Labat said there would be some lineup changes.

The Indians lost eight of nine doubles points, which ultimately cost the team a chance to win.

With a new doubles lineup against Canyon, the Indians were able to pick up seven of nine doubles points and win 12-6 at Canyon High on Thursday.

Labat said she thought the combination of two aggressive players would make a tough matchup for the Cowboys (3-4, 0-2) and was proved right.

Ingrid Jelderks and Amber Bock played at the No. 1 doubles together for the first time and won all three sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to lead Hart (4-2, 1-1).

“We like to play with a lot of aggression, because not only is it intimidating, it’s a key factor in winning,” Jelderks said. “(We worked on) coming in and making sure we were staying consistent with our shots.”

Hart’s Anne Susdorf continued her Foothill League undefeated streak to 57 games, dating back to last season, winning her first two sets, 6-0, 6-0.

The Cowboys were also trying to rebound from a tough loss, dropping its league opener to Valencia 16-2.

At the beginning of the year, Canyon head coach Debbie Glasnow said the team’s goal was to improve after each match, and by most measures it did.

In addition to picking up four more points, Glasnow saw great strides in the team’s footwork, which her team worked on repeatedly this week in practice.

Jenny Ward, Canyon’s No. 3 singles player, won two of three sets, and said practice on movement and positioning made a difference this week.

“We worked a lot on footing,” Ward said. “Footwork is definitely one of the key things helping us get better and better.”

Nicole Smith, Canyon’s No. 1 singles player, said it was good for the team to play some stiff competition early.

“It was definitely tough,” Smith said. “We know what we need to work on, and that’s always good.”



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