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Valencia's turn: Vikings tennis tops Hart

The Vikings defeat Hart and end one player’s long run

Posted: October 27, 2009 10:20 p.m.
Updated: October 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart No. 1 singles player Anne Susdorf returns a shot Tuesday at Valencia High. She won one set on the day.

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The streaks keep falling.

Last Thursday, it was Valencia's 56-match Foothill League winning streak that fell.

On Tuesday, it was the Vikings that ended a streak.

Valencia defeated Hart 16-2 at Valencia High.

In the match of the day, Valencia junior Emily Fraczek defeated Hart junior Anne Susdorf 7-6, 7-2 in a tiebreaker.

It was Susdorf's first loss in a Foothill League match since Oct. 16, 2007.

"I was really happy. I was shocked," Fraczek said of the victory. "I hit a lot more short balls (and was) more consistent than other times I played her."

In the previous meeting between the pair, Susdorf was on the winning end, 6-4.

Fraczek has been solid all season, but Vikings head coach Annie Kellogg hoped that she would let her confidence show more on the court, like Susdorf.

It was on full display Tuesday.

She won her other set on the day 6-0.

Fraczek served for the match against Susdorf at 5-4, but the Hart junior fought back to even up the match.

The Viking went up 6-5, then Susdorf again evened things up before Fraczek won the match.

"I just gave it my all," a disappointed Susdorf said. "I was fighting through the whole thing."

Said Kellogg: "Anne is just a great competitor. When she's down in points, she comes back ferociously. She's got a tremendous amount of courage out there."

The weather was a factor, both players said, as the wind blew hard throughout the afternoon.

Hart head coach Patty Labat was hoping the weather would play more in her team's favor, but the Vikings (14-4, 8-1) were able to overcome the conditions.

"I expected we would do a little better in doubles. The wind is more of an equalizer," Labat said. "It kind of gives the underdog more of a chance because no one is able to hit the ball solid," Labat said.

Shelly Sachdeva and Victoria Lionetti claimed the lone doubles victory for Hart, 7-6 (7-2).
Susdorf won a singles set 6-2.

Andrea Zammit and Brigitta Benitez swept three sets in doubles for the Vikings, as did Ashley Karzin and Arrianna Michaels.

Valencia is now one win short of claiming its eighth straight Foothill League title.

Yet it may have to share the title with West Ranch, which is tied for the first place with the Vikings.

It was the Wildcats who ended the Vikings' streak last Thursday with a 10-8 victory.

"It's in the past," Fraczek said. "You have to let it go and move on."

Valencia's Shenelle Trujillo won her three sets in singles 6-1, 6-4, 6-0.


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