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Company at the top: Valencia earns Foothill League co-championship

Valencia wins its eighth straight Foothill League title, but shares this one with West Ranch

Posted: October 29, 2009 10:18 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Valencia tennis player Shenelle Trujillo hits a tennis ball Thursday at Valencia High. Trujillo won two sets on the day.

Valencia finished off its eighth consecutive season with at least a share of the Foothill League crown with a 17-1 win at Valencia High on Thursday.

The Vikings may have had their 56-match Foothill League winning streak snapped last week, but there’s another streak on the line as they have made it to four straight CIF-Southern Section finals.  

The Vikings (15-4, 9-1) are motivated.

“Everybody wanted to get an 18-0 today, so that sort of motivated me to get the win,” said Valencia’s Shenelle Trujillo, who subbed in two sets for Clarice Fraczek and won both of them 6-1, 6-3.

Fraczek won her first set 6-0 before taking a rest.

Trujillo said the team wanted to send a message and build confidence for the Vikings’ postseason.

“I think it’s about playoffs and showing everybody that we’re still strong even though our streak was broken. It was about showing everybody that we’re not down because we lost,” Trujillo said.

Saugus head coach Allan Hardbarger said he was trying a new strategy with his lineup after his team took a tough 17-1 loss to Valencia on Monday in a makeup game.

Two of Saugus’ top singles players, Jessica Moore and Megan Soucy, moved to doubles, where Valencia has given teams trouble all season with its depth and quality.

However, without those two, Valencia was able to sweep the match’s singles points 9-0.

“We’re looking to improve. We’ve got a young team and hopefully the kids will keep practicing in the offseason, and next year we’ll pick up a couple more wins,” Hardbarger said.

However Moore and Soucy did pick up the team’s only point in a 6-4 win over the No. 3 doubles team of Carolyn Thio and Kristie Kwock.

“It was a pretty even matchup, which is cool when you’re playing a team like Valencia. ... They’re going to make the shots that you sometimes can’t make. But if you can hit longer than them and stay in it more than they can, then you’re going to win,” Soucy said.

The Centurions (7-9, 3-6) will play a makeup match against Canyon at Saugus on Monday.

The Vikings’ next competition will be Wednesday at the Paseo Club for the Foothill League individual prelims, which will determine who will represent the league in the CIF-SS individual playoffs.

The top two singles and doubles players from the draw will continue.



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