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Vikes take Tennis Classic

Valencia: Boys go undefeated in statewide tourney

Posted: March 6, 2010 10:59 p.m.
Updated: March 7, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
The Valencia boys tennis team took its first trip to the 26th annual California High School Tennis Classic at Buchanan High School in Clovis over the weekend.

Given how things turned out, the Vikings will probably be planning a return visit next year.

Valencia swept through several top programs in a pre-Foothill League tune-up, finishing 5-0 after five matches and earning first place in the tournament's third division on Saturday.

"It's definitely a confidence booster," said Valencia No. 1 singles player Tyler Gottshall, of the team's showing in the 112-team tournament. "A lot of the guys got a lot of good wins, especially our doubles guys, (Daniel) Bingham and (Daniel) Bogan, and J.R. (Macalutas) is playing some really good singles right now."

Valencia (2-1) played East Bakersfield High, El Diamante High of Visalia and host Buchanan on Friday, winning 5-1, 4-2 and 4-2, respectively.

The Vikings faced Los Altos High and Corona Del Mar High on Saturday, and won 6-0 and 4-2.

Gottshall and No. 2 singles player Ben Inchalik played solidly throughout the tournament, as did the No. 1 doubles team of Bingham and Bogan.

Bingham and Bogan went undefeated in the Tennis Classic, as was the team's No. 3 singles player, Macalutas.

"I think this tournament was really important in the sense that it gave these nine guys the same lineup for five matches, which is rare for me at this point in the season," Kellogg said. "But these guys really gelled."

She also added that James Tack, Paul Park, Francis Shin and Todd Jeon all contributed quality sets for the Vikings, in addition to the starters.

"This really primed them and they're really fired up," Kellogg said. "They gained a lot of confidence match by match."

The Vikings are preparing for a three-game home stretch next week, against Eagle Rock High on Monday at 3 p.m., Thousand Oaks High on Wednesday at 3 p.m. and then Harvard Westlake on Thursday.


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