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All-SCV Girls Tennis: Emergence

Valencia’s team of Zammit and Dietz stepped up in 2009

Posted: January 4, 2010 10:13 p.m.
Updated: January 5, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Valencia High juniors Chelsie Dietz, left, and Andrea Zammit had a 29-1 record in Foothill League play in 2009.

 
The Valencia High Vikings have won eight straight league titles because head coach Annie Kellogg builds all-around teams.

But her strength has always been cultivating talented doubles pairs.

Andrea Zammit and Chelsie Dietz were faces in a crowd of talented duos at the beginning of last season at Valencia.

They emerged mid-season as the Vikings made a run to the CIF-Southern Section Division III title match.

After Emily and Clarice Fraczek moved to the singles lineup fulltime for the regular season this fall, it became clear.

This was the year for Zammit and Dietz to lead in doubles.

They played No. 1 doubles for the league’s reigning champs, and they helped defend the throne even though West Ranch ended up claiming a share of the title.

Zammit’s mobility and energy made her a force near the net. Dietz’ strength near the baseline and cool demeanor helped provide the pair and the team with leadership.

The combination consistently won on the court.

While Valencia always plays a challenging pre-league schedule, the pair took a 21-4 record into Foothill play.

They dropped only one set all season in league, a 6-2 loss to West Ranch’s True O’Neill and Mallory Martin on Oct. 22, which was the Vikings’ only team loss in Foothill League play.

But the pair got a small measure of revenge on Nov. 4 in the semifinals of the Foothill League tournament.

The pair edged O’Neill and Martin 6-4, 6-4 to set up a finals matchup with their teammates, which Emily and Clarice Fraczek won 6-0, 6-3. Those three sets were the only ones the Fraczeks dropped in the two-day tournament.

But during the season, Zammit and Dietz were two of the league’s most consistent players.

Their final record in Foothill League play was 29-1.

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