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Valencia girls tennis tops Hart in matchup shortened due to darkness

Posted: October 8, 2009 10:51 p.m.
Updated: October 9, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Valencia No. 1 singles player Emily Fraczek returns a shot Thursday against Hart at Hart High School.

Valencia girls tennis picked up 10 points in a hurry and then added three more for good measure in a 13-4 win against the Indians at Hart High on Thursday.

The match was called early due to darkness with Valencia freshman Brigitta Benitez leading 5-3 over Hart No. 2 singles Shelly Sachdeva.

But Valencia (9-2, 4-0) had the clinching points about an hour earlier.

The Vikings doubles teams swept all three matchups and took five sets in singles despite Anne Susdorf’s three-set sweep for Hart.

Vikings head coach Annie Kellogg said the match was a bit closer than the score appeared.

“They were right there. We gave up a couple 4-6’s, and we were just on the cusp,” Kellogg said. “We’re looking forward to playing them at our place.”

Valencia’s doubles play told a different story.

Hart (5-3, 2-2) missed No. 1 doubles player Ingrid Jelderks in two sets due to an illness, and the Vikings were able to capitalize.

Valencia’s No. 1 doubles team of Chelsie Dietz and Andrea Zammit took three sets, winning 6-0, 6-3, 6-3.

The duo has been a strong pair for the Vikings all season, utilizing Zammit’s speed and Dietz’s strength.

“In our last set, we struggled a little bit but were able to come back, and Chelsie was able to get her serves in,” Zammit said. “We just have to stay consistent, and normally we’ll get it.”

Susdorf continues to be nearly an automatic three points for the Indians.

She managed to beat two of the Foothill League’s better singles players in Valencia’s Emily and Clarice Fraczek, 6-4 both times.

“She overcame the twin attack, but there were some close sets,” Kellogg said.

Susdorf won a 90-minute battle against Emily Fraczek on her first matchup, then seemed to have a little bit easier time with Clarice Fraczek despite the sets’ identical scores.

Susdorf says the momentum of the first win helped in the second set.

“I though I had a little more control in the second set,” Susdorf says. “I think I got a quicker start and that always helps.”

Susdorf, a three-year varsity starter, has yet to lose a set in Foothill League play.

Emily Fraczek sat out her final two sets with a sore elbow, and in her place Benitez picked up a 7-5 win over Victoria Leonetti and had her final set ended early with no points awarded.



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