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CIF boys tennis: As expected

Valencia runs through visiting Atascadero in round one

Posted: May 12, 2010 10:58 p.m.
Updated: May 13, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Valencia's Daniel Bogan returns a shot on Wednesday during his doubles match in the first round of the CIF-SS Div. II playoffs at Valencia High.

 
The fact that the Valencia boys tennis team won the Foothill League championship, but is unseeded in the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs is curious.

But, it didn’t seem to bother the Vikings or their head coach Annie Kellogg.

“It doesn’t matter. You still have to beat, who you have to beat,” Kellogg said.

The Vikings are on to the second round of playoffs after defeating the Pac-7 League third-place Atascadero 14-4 on Wednesday at Valencia High School.

Valencia (18-3, 10-0) won six sets in singles, led by Tyler Gottshall, who won three sets by scores of 6-2, 6-4, 6-1.

“I served well today and even though I didn’t return that well, I got the ball back and made them play,” Gottshall said. “I had a good net game today, too.”

The Vikings dropped just one set in doubles play, with the team of John Schmidt and Sam Yun losing just four games in their 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 wins.

“Sam and I held our serves really well and we were aggressive at the net,” Schmidt said. “We have good days and bad days, but today was a good day.”

Valencia’s No. 2 doubles team of Dalton Ullman and Tayven Townsend swept their sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-4, while Daniel Bogan and Daniel Bingham won two of three with scores of 6-2, 6-2, 4-6.

In the No. 2 spot for singles, Ben Inchalik dropped one set 4-6, while winning the other two 6-3, 6-1. J.R. Macalutas lost two singles sets 2-6, 1-6 and won one 6-0.

Atascadero (10-6) head coach Amy Barber said she was proud of her team for fighting and never giving up.

“They are fighters and they have been the whole season,” Barber said. “I’m very proud and I’ll be sorry to see my five seniors go.”

Kellogg said Atascadero is a solid program and the Vikings were fortunate to get the win.

“We had to play big — it wasn’t an easy first round,” Kellogg said.

Valencia will play on Friday and will take on the winner of Wednesday’s Temple City vs. La Quinta match.

“If we all show up we can go really far in the CIF,” Gottshall said.

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