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West Ranch doubles up on Indians

Posted: October 15, 2009 10:19 p.m.
Updated: October 16, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Ana Cecilia Fuentes of West Ranch returns a backhand against Hart at West Ranch on Thursday.

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With improved doubles play, West Ranch girls tennis showed all-around depth in a 13-5 win over Hart on Thursday.

The match wasn’t quite as close as the 10-8 win West Ranch took over Hart (6-6, 2-3) on Sept. 24, but started off in similar fashion.

West Ranch (5-3, 4-1) raced ahead with an 7-3 lead and ended up taking eight of nine doubles points, as it did the last time the two teams played.

“We had almost our full lineup this time,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker, referring to Angela Park and Ana Lucia Fuentes. The pair played No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively, for West Ranch on Thursday but missed the Sept. 24 match.

“(Ana Lucia Fuentes) helped us pick up a couple of extra points,” Spiecker said. “It’s good to have the lineup almost there.”

Both Park and Fuentes struggled against Hart’s No. 1 singles player, Anne Susdorf, who improved her undefeated set streak in Foothill League play to 63 with three more wins by scores of 6-0, 6-2 and 6-1.

Fuentes won her second and third matches, 6-0, 6-0. Park dropped her first two sets but picked up her third against Hart No. 3 singles player Victoria Leonetti 6-4.

Fuentes said she was still adjusting to playing with cheering teammates, but that working and the team made the wins more fun.

“I’m glad I can make a difference with the team,” Fuentes said. “It’s always fun playing with these people,” she said, joking around with Park and her sister, Ana Cecilia.

Ana Cecilia, who played No. 2 singles, also dropped her first set to Susdorf but won her next two sets 6-1 and 6-3.  

West Ranch was without No. 1 doubles player True O’Neill, who was out with the flu, but Mallory Martin, O’Neill’s partner, picked up three sets with three different partners in her absence.

Hart head coach Patty Labat said she was still searching for the right combination with her doubles lineup.

“It’s frustrating because we worked on it a lot in practice,” Labat said, adding that a lot of her team’s struggles in certain situations are lessons that have to be learned from experience.

“The biggest roadblock is fear,” Labat said. “Fear of getting lobbed over ... not being able to take a chance. It’ll be better now as a starting point.

We’re a lot better than we were at the beginning.”

Hart will play at Golden Valley this afternoon in a make-up match.

 

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