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Valencia shows top swings in Fall Brawl

Vikings win team portion; Hart junior Anne Susdorf wins singles

Posted: October 4, 2009 12:48 a.m.
Updated: October 4, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Golden Valley's Rachel Ho rushes the net during Valencia's Fall Brawl on Saturday at Valencia.

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There weren’t a lot of big upsets Saturday as Valencia High hosted its 14th annual regional Fall Brawl tennis tournament.

The Vikings girls team took first place in the team portion of the competition by a wide margin, and the top four seeds from the doubles’ and singles’ bracket all made it to the semifinals.

Valencia’s No. 1 doubles team of Andrea Zammit and Chelsea Dietz, who were the event’s No. 2 doubles seed, took first, while No. 1-seeded Hart junior Anne Susdorf won singles.

Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg said the nonleague event was to give players in the Santa Clarita Valley more exposure to tournament play, citing how players will often have to travel to the San Fernando Valley or Orange County for a similar challenge. Kellogg said the seeding was based off of USTA tennis rankings.

All six schools in the Foothill League, as well as Granada Hills, St. Bonaventure of Ventura, Quartz Hill of Lancaster and Pioneer Valley of Santa Maria, participated in the annual mid-season tournament.

The event had two extra teams this year, but it didn’t matter as Valencia had a 10-point lead over its nearest competitor.

“We normally try to keep it to eight teams, but it’s hard to say no,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg.

The Vikings earned 22 points in match play, while Hart came in second with 12 and St. Bonaventure third with 11.

Each school entered two singles players and two doubles teams, which were awarded two points for each win in main bracket. If a team or individual lost, it competed for one point in a consolation bracket.

Kellogg said she was hoping the success would give her relatively inexperienced group of players confidence to build on as it prepares for a tough matchup with West Ranch on Thursday.

“Both teams are very young, and I’m looking forward to it,” Kellogg said. “I think for us, today was a confidence-booster and hopefully we can carry it over to next week.”

The tournament matches were played to eight games instead of the usual six per set, making it a little more challenging for the players, according to Susdorf.

“It’s definitely a different mental game to play eight instead of six,” she said. “You know you’re going to have to go further to win, and if you’re playing three sets, you’ll have a chance to make up points, but here it’s just the one.”

Susdorf managed to knock off Valencia’s Clarice and Emily Fraczek in the semifinals and finals 8-4 and 8-3, respectively, to take the championship.

Zammit and Dietz survived a tiebreaker in the second round from a tough Quartz Hill team to make it to the semifinals, where they beat West Ranch’s Mallory Martin and Tru O’Neill 8-3.

In the finals, Zammit and Dietz beat St. Bonaventure’s Anna Coulson and Layne Gillmore 8-1.

Canyon’s Jennifer Lee and Paulette Alonsagay won the doubles portion of the consolation bracket 8-6 with a win over Hart’s doubles team of Julie Lefko and Jessica Martinez.


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