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Indians make their move

Hart girls tennis remains in third place with win a over Canyon

Posted: October 20, 2009 9:59 p.m.
Updated: October 21, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart singles player Victoria Lionetti returns a shot Tuesday against Canyon at Hart High.

 

Hart girls tennis’ bid for the last guaranteed playoff spot from the Foothill League, or even a move up to second, got a nice boost with a 13-5 win at home against Canyon on Tuesday.

The score was identical to the last matchup the teams played on Oct. 1 at Canyon, but the lineups were slightly different.

Missing No. 2 singles Shelly Sachdeva, Karina Jones subbed in at the No. 3 spot for Hart (8-6, 4-3), and Victoria Lionetti played the Indians’ No. 2 spot.

Lionetti won all three sets 6-4, 6-1, 6-0 for the Indians. Jones picked up a win against Canyon No. 3 singles Megan Quitevis, who was playing her first varsity match for the Cowboys.

“You want to be more focused to make sure you get those (wins), because they count the most once you get (there),” Lionetti said, referring to the importance of finishing the season strong for the playoffs.

Anne Susdorf finished three sets without dropping a game.

Hart head coach Patty Labat said she was happy with the improvement in the play of her doubles lineups, an area where Hart has been somewhat inconsistent this season.

The scores of the Indians’ No. 1 doubles team of Jessica Martinez and Julie Lefko, who won their first two sets 6-2, 6-1 and then eked out a third point in a 9-7 tiebreaker, showed improvement that the pair was happy with.

“We lost to them 8-6 at the Fall Brawl, so it was nice to be able to beat them 6-2,” Lefko said, referring to her matchup with Canyon’s No. 1 doubles team of Paulette Alonsagay and Jennifer Carillo.

“We were a lot less nervous this time around,” Martinez added. “(Valencia’s Fall Brawl tournament) was our first time playing together.”   

The Cowboys (3-8, 1-5) are close to elimination, but as a young team, head coach Debbie Glasnow has been focused on taking each match as something to improve upon.

“I think that they’re learning a lot about the mental part of the game, which is so important,” Glasnow said. “I can name numerous times when they’ve come close, but just couldn’t shut the door, and that’s the next thing.”

Sophomore Alonsagay has been a big part of the improvement for the Cowboys, picking up a point with Lee in a forfeit win over Sam Fructoso and Amber Bock, and another in a 7-5 win over the Hart No. 2 doubles team.

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