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Hart makes more points

Indians move onto first round of the playoffs after a victory on games

Posted: November 10, 2009 10:21 p.m.
Updated: November 11, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Hart High tennis player Victoria Lionetti returns a volley against Righetti Tuesday at Hart High.

For Hart girls tennis, the cliché rings true: Every point matters.

Aided by another dominant performance from Anne Susdorf, the Indians fought game-by-game in a 9-9 CIF-Southern Section Girls Tennis Division III Wild Card match with Righetti of Santa Maria, advancing 79-69 on games Tuesday at Hart High.

Hart (10-8) will now play at Wilson of Long Beach at 2 p.m. on Thursday in the first round of the CIF-SS Division III playoffs.

With the match neck-and-neck, three-straight 6-0 sets by Susdorf was just what the Indians needed.

“She’s huge because whenever we go down to 9-9, we know we’ve got a chance,” said Hart head coach Patty Labat. “She’s doing well with all her sets.”

The junior was pleased with her performance against the Warriors (5-10), an at-large team from the Pac-7 League.

“I was feeling really good,” Susdorf said. “I mean, everything was working. Serve was on. Just a confident day.”

Hart’s Shelly Sachdeva took two sets 6-4, 6-1 and Victoria Lionetti added one set, 6-2.

Meanwhile, the Indians’ doubles team of Jessica Martinez and Julie Lefko won two sets against Righetti’s No. 2 and 3 teams and pushed the No. 1 team of Lauren Nguyen and Laura Wong 4-6.

“Their (No. 1) doubles team was tough and I thought they were kind of unbeatable,” Labat said.

Given how the points turned out, Hart was happy to get whatever it could off Nguyen and Wong.

So, to take seven total points from the duo, including three from Indians No. 3 doubles Maddie Motta and Amber Bock was key.

“We try our hardest to just get every point and we try not to let the pressure get to us,” Bock said.

Motta added: “Take one step at a time. If you make a mistake, just get over it and get the next point.”

Ingrid Jelderks and Shannon Cholakian added Hart’s final set with a 7-5 win over the Warriors’ No. 3 team of Ashley Heath and Erin Goodman.

“You figure it’s going to be close, but you never think, ‘Hey, it’s going to come down to games,’” said Righetti head coach Steven Dubransky. “You just tell them to fight as hard as they can. I’m extremely proud of them.”



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