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The Foothill tennis crowns stay in place

Susdorf and Fraczek twins repeat as Foothill League girls tennis champs

Posted: November 5, 2009 10:51 p.m.
Updated: November 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart's Anne Susdorf returns a shot Thursday at The Paseo Club during the Foothill League prelims.

 
Two days, four matches, 52 games and one Foothill League doubles championship capped off a solid tennis performance for Valencia's Emily and Clarice Fraczek.

Hart's Anne Susdorf also proved Thursday she still has the top swing in singles by taking a hard-fought 6-4, 6-3 showdown with West Ranch's Ana Lucia Fuentes to claim her second straight league title.

Emily and Clarice Fraczek had a great year in singles play, playing a key role in their team's league co-championship during the regular season.

But for two days of Foothill League prelims doubles play at The Paseo Club, they were nothing short of dominant again.

The defending league doubles champs dropped only one set en route to the finals, where they were given their strongest test before beating their teammates, Andrea Zammit and Chelsie Dietz, 6-0, 6-3.

Clarice and Emily, who was the only individual to get a win on Susdorf this season in a 7-6 (7-2) tiebreaker, both said they wish they could have played singles and doubles in the prelims but knew doubles would be their strength.

They added it wasn't easy taking the championship from their teammates, but they were determined to retain their crown.

"We had to get our title back," Clarice said. "Nobody was going to take the title from us," said Emily, finishing her sister's sentence with a smile.

Dietz and Zammit set up the all-Valencia doubles finals by edging West Ranch's True O'Neill and Mallory Martin in the pair's semifinal matchup 6-4, 6-4.

In the Fraczeks' semifinal matchup they defeated West Ranch's Lena Poonnapatam and Salene Scamardo in a two-set sweep.

Fuentes' stamina and error-free play helped her to accrue a 14-2 record in match play this year, but she then faced Susdorf in the finals.

Susdorf said games against Fuentes always provide a tough matchup, and Thursday's final was no exception.

"We both always play our ‘A' game against each other. She's very consistent the way she keeps the ball in play," Susdorf said. "You just have to kind of pick your spots when you're playing against her."

The match might have gone to three sets if not for Fuentes' sluggish beginning in her first set.

"I got off to a slow start, but she got off to a really good start," Fuentes said. "Her forehand was really on today and she's a great counter-puncher."

Fuentes received a stiff challenge in her semifinal match with Golden Valley freshman Rebecca Ho, a match Fuentes won 6-0, 6-1. However both players knew it could have been closer.

"Sometimes the score definitely does not tell how close the match was," Fuentes said. "A few points and both those games could have gone either way."

Ho agreed but gave credit to Fuentes' ability to return.

"Ana Lucia was getting everything back no matter how hard I hit it to her. It's frustrating, because it really wears on you mentally going back and forth, back and forth," Ho said.

Ho ended up playing her sister Rachel in the third-place game.

Neither sister said they had much left in the tank for the match, but Rebecca pulled out the win 6-7 (7-3). 6-3, 7-5.

As finalists, the Fraczeks, Dietz and Zammit, Susdorf and Fuentes will all represent the Foothill League in the CIF-Southern Section Division Individual Sectionals on Nov. 20 at four different locations, with the likely two for SCV teams being either Cate High School in Carpinteria or Whittier Narrows.


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