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Foothill League boys tennis: Valencia has a goal in mind

The Vikings boys team works on dominating the Foothill

Posted: April 1, 2010 10:45 p.m.
Updated: April 2, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Valencia singles player Ben Inchalik returns a shot against Canyon at Canyon High on Thursday. Inchalik swept three sets on the day.

 
In the fall, the Valencia boys tennis team sat around the hard courts at their school.

Its eyes were directed to the signs of past Valencia Foothill League tennis champions that are attached to the fencing that surrounds the courts.

They were told they could be even better than those teams.

And they might be on their way.

The Vikings continued their dominant run through the Foothill League on Thursday with a 17-1 win over Canyon at Canyon High.

Canyon is expected to battle for second place in league this year.

Valencia (9-3, 4-0) is continuing to make the league title a formality.

“They could be the best team in the history of our school as far as depth,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg.

The Vikings doubles teams swept Canyon (9-3, 2-2) on Thursday.

The only stain on an otherwise clean slate was Canyon No. 1 singles player Jason Ferlianto’s 7-6 (8-6) victory over J.R. Macalutas in a back-and-forth fight for victory.

“There were really just a few errors. It was high-quality playing from both of them,” said Canyon head coach Kent Ganevsky. “Incredible, shot after shot after shot.”

In the tiebreak, Ferlianto jumped on Macalutas 5-0, before the Viking No. 3 won the next six points.

Ferlianto finally put Macalutas away, but he couldn’t match up with Valencia’s other pair of singles.

Tyler Gottshall won 6-2, 6-2 and 6-0 and Ben Inchalik swept 6-3, 6-1, 6-1.

The Ferlianto-Macalutas matchup wasn’t the only one that went to the wire on the day.

Valencia’s doubles team of Dalton Ullman and Tayven Townsend had its hands full with Canyon’s Corey Yamaoka and Harry Lee, yet the Vikings pair pulled out the set 7-5.

Ullman and Townsend took their other sets 6-1, 6-1. The other Viking doubles team that swept three sets was Danny Bingham and Daniel Bogan, who won 6-4, 6-4 and 6-1.

Ganevsky said he did take a big positive out of the match — his doubles teams improved.

In a 12-6 loss to West Ranch, Canyon’s doubles came up empty-handed. A 10-8 win over Saugus produced only one doubles victory.

“Doubles teams played a lot better,” Ganevsky said. “The goal of this match was to get a little quicker, use the pace of Valencia’s team to get used to the speed of the ball.”

So this Valencia team is a gauge for others.

The past Valencia teams are the gauge for these Vikings.

What will determine if this team will be the best ever?

Apparently playing even better than this.

Kellogg added to her comment about this potentially being the best Vikings team ever.

“I haven’t seen them play that way, yet,” she said.

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