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Foothill League boys tennis: Vikes widen the gap

Valencia posts convincing win over second-place West Ranch

Posted: April 15, 2010 9:40 p.m.
Updated: April 16, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
The Valencia boys tennis team added to its impressive run through Foothill League competition with a 15-3 win over West Ranch on Thursday at West Ranch High School.

The Wildcats entered Thursday’s matchup with the motivation to maintain at least a share of second place in league.

Valencia didn’t flinch, sweeping its singles matchups and relieving any potential pressure on its doubles teams.

Seniors Ben Inchalik and Tyler Gottshall showed little nerves in dispatching their opponents by a combined games score of 36-3.

Also sweeping in singles was Vikings sophomore J.R. Macalutas, who won by scores of 6-0, 6-1, 6-0.

“You know, as the No. 3 player, it is asked of me to win one set every match. It takes a lot of pressure off of me, and I’m just glad that I have been able to provide more than what has been asked of me,” Macalutas said.

Despite the loss, West Ranch had a few victories of its own.

Wildcats Sabin Kim and Kirill Lipa won a set 6-4. The doubles teams of Ali El-Arabi and Julius Macalutas and Brandon Lee and Wayne Moses each won their sets by a score of 7-5.

“I knew we had a tall order with Valencia’s singles, so we set our goal in beating Valencia in doubles,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker. “If a few tiebreakers go the other way we would have done precisely that.”

Spiecker’s philosophy has resonated with his players, as the Wildcats (4-6, 4-2) seemed anything but discouraged.

“We still have a chance to be second in league,” said Moses. “Canyon is the team we need to watch out for, but even then, we feel confident about facing them head to head.”

Valencia rounded out its victory with one set win from the No. 1 doubles team in the Foothill League, Daniel Bingham and Daniel Bogan, who won 6-2. After an injury sidelined Bogan for the remainder of the match, Paul Park helped Bingham complete the sweep by winning two sets 7-6, 7-5. Fellow Vikings Sam Yun and John Schmidt swept 6-2, 6-2, 7-6.

Given their impressive play this season, including a win over talented Burroughs on Wednesday, Valencia (12-3, 6-0) showed it could be a playoff force.

“We are deep. These guys have the potential to be the best I’ve ever coached,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “However, I have yet to see all of my nine players show their ‘A’ game on the same day. If we can do that, we can be scary.”

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