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Quick stops in the playoffs: Girls tennis

Valencia pair has best run of any Foothill League participant in CIF playoffs

Posted: November 20, 2009 7:48 p.m.
Updated: November 21, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Valencia’s No. 1 doubles team of Clarice and Emily Fraczek fared best of the Foothill League participants in Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Division III Girls Tennis Individual Championships, reaching the third round for the second straight year before falling.

Hart’s Anne Susdorf advanced to the second round, and West Ranch singles player Ana Lucia Fuentes and Valencia’s doubles team of Chelsie Dietz and Andrea Zammit each lost in the first round.

Matches were played at both Carpinteria High School and Cate High School.

The Fraczek sisters beat St. Bonaventure’s Layne Gallimore and Anna Carlson 6-1, 6-0, in the first round, and dispatched the talented Harvard-Westlake team of Taylor Coon and Kei Goldberg 6-2, 6-2 in the second round.

Their run ended with a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Campbell Hall’s Valerie Thong and Zoe Katz, the top-seeded team in the bracket.

Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg said she was proud of how the Fraczeks played but lamented their draw, which pitted them against the top seed early.

“We knew they were really good at the net,” Clarice said. “We were trying really hard to beat them at those types of rallies. You’re eventually going to have to beat somebody like that.”

Emily said that she and her sister were happy to be the last Foothill League participants standing.

“We knew we were the only ones left,” she said. “We wanted to show all the private schools left in the draw that the Foothill League was really good.”

Susdorf beat San Luis Obispo’s Tori Troesch 6-0, 6-2 in the first round and fell to Campbell Hall’s Sabrina Santamaria 6-0, 6-0 in the second.

The junior Foothill League champion said she learned from the experience.

“(Santamaria) knew how to put the ball away and just come to the net and close off points quicker,” Susdorf said. “I definitely learned a lot from the match and what I can do to improve.”

Fuentes lost to Westlake’s Sivan Krems 6-0, 6-1 in what West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker described as a pretty match to watch.

“(Krems) took the ball early and put Ana Lucia right on the defensive,” he said. “From that point, Ana Lucia ran hard and moved well but (Krems) had her on a string the whole match.”

Dietz and Zammit fell to St. Bonaventure’s Nicolette Rosales and Monica Grey 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 10-5 in a three-set affair.


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