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Zapala reaches perfection

Versatile Viking is The Signal's All-SCV Singles Player of the Year

Posted: July 2, 2008 1:52 a.m.
Updated: September 2, 2008 5:03 a.m.

All-SCV Boys Tennis player Jack Zapala, Valencia High School graduate who was undefeated in Foothill League play last season, will play for Azusa Pacific University.

Redemption is sweet.

When Jack Zapala entered his senior tennis season, his goal was to not lose a single set in the Foothill League.

Last season, he was almost perfect in league but as the old adage goes­ - almost doesn't count.
His lone set loss came to Hart's Otto DeGreiff.

DeGreiff graduated and Zapala's dominance resonated throughout the league, this season.
He was successful in attaining his goal.

The lanky Zapala was undefeated as the Vikings No. 1 singles player, not dropping a single set to his opponents.

By the time league finals rolled around, he was ready to shift directions.

Zapala decided not to compete as a singles player, but rather partner with teammate Tyler Gottshall in doubles action.

Vikings head coach Annie Kellogg obliged and the duo took the top crown at the finals.
Zapala and Gottshall breezed through the league finals dropping their only set to Saugus' Tim Chin and Marc Liff.

And teaming up with Gottshall paid off for Zapala.

The tandem went the furthest a team in the Foothill League has ever gone in the CIF-Southern Section Individuals.

Competing amongst all the divisions in the Southern Section, Zapala and Gottshall battled through the round of 16.

They were victorious in their first round match against Harvard Westlake's Chris Kenney and Mark Seraydreartian winning, 7-6, 6-2.

However, Zapala and Gottshall were ultimately defeated in the quarterfinal round by Brentwood's Jackson Isaacs and Chris Lord.

Valencia was eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I team playoffs by Palm Desert High School, but Zapala was the only Viking to win two sets in the match.

It was the second year in a row the Vikings faced the Aztecs in postseason action.

In the quarterfinal match, Zapala was plagued with injuries.

He was nursing an injured back and blisters on his hands.

But not a big deal for Zapala who has overcome afflictions before.

Zapala now shifts his focus to the next level.
He joins the Cougars of Azusa Pacific University this fall.

Now that Zapala's high school goals have been accomplished, he'll have a new set in his college career.
In the meantime, he can add this to his résumé - The All-SCV Tennis Player of the Year.


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