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West Ranch tennis: more progress

West Ranch makes the second round for the first time

Posted: November 12, 2009 10:25 p.m.
Updated: November 13, 2009 4:30 a.m.

West Ranch tennis player Ana Lucia Fuentes serves at West Ranch High on Thursday during the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs.

The 2009 West Ranch girls tennis season has been one of progress.

Thanks to a strong 12-6 victory over Santiago of Corona on Thursday at West Ranch High in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs, it’s also about respect, and maybe even a little retribution.

“It’s exiting, uncharted territory for sure,” said Wildcats head coach Eric Spiecker. “Hopefully, we can navigate through the second round, and if the seedings go the way they do, we’ll play Valencia of Placentia again. and maybe we can have some revenge from the big hurt they put on us last year.”

Last season, after winning its wild card match 14-4 over Paso Robles, West Ranch (11-4) lost 17-1 to eventual Division III champion Valencia of Placentia.

However with Thursday’s victory, West Ranch will now play the winner of Mark Keppel and Lakewood at a site yet to be determined.

In singles, the Wildcats got three wins from junior Ana Lucia Fuentes, 6-2, 6-0, 6-1, two from Ana Cecilia Fuentes 6-3, 6-0 and one from Angela Park, 6-1.

In doubles, the West Ranch team of True O’Niell and Mallory Martin registered three wins 6-3, 6-1, 6-0, while Salene Scamardo and Lena Poonnopatam swept their sets 6-1, 6-1, 6-0.

“The girls played great,” Spiecker said. “It was like watching the Valencia match happen all over again. Ana Lucia played awesome. She is very dangerous right now. She is playing very well. True and Mallory, if they continue to play like this are also very dangerous.”
With memories of last year’s first-round exit, Ana Lucia Fuentes said that the confidence stemming from Thursday’s win will help as the team moves forward.

“It’s important because last year we lost in the first round and this year we just wanted to build up our strengths as a team,” she said. “We worked really hard for CIFs.”

A win on Saturday could set the stage for a rematch with Valencia of Placentia in the quarterfinals.

“It’s good to have the girls playing so well at the right time,” Spiecker said. “I’m really proud of them. It’s been a good season, and I’m glad to see it go on.”



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