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Prep tennis: Vikings go deep

Valencia uses depth in win; advances to CIF-SS Div. III semis

Posted: November 16, 2010 10:17 p.m.
Updated: November 16, 2010 10:17 p.m.
 

As Valencia gets deeper into the CIF-Southern Section Division III tennis playoffs, its depth plays an increasing role.

That couldn’t have been more evident Tuesday when the Vikings overcame losses to some of Lakewood’s top players and won the quarterfinal match 11-7 at Lakewood High School.

Valencia (17-2) advanced to the semifinal round, where it could face a St. Margaret’s team that defeated Hart in the second round of the playoffs last week.

All three Valencia singles players lost sets to the USTA 57th-ranked 18-year-old singles player Suzy Tan, but the three of them didn’t drop another set on the day.

“It was a hotly contested match and we lost a few close ones,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “It could have been 15-3 or something like that, but they had some pretty good depth and we just played really, really well today.”

Vikings No. 1 single Clarice Fraczek dropped a 7-5 set to Tan after leading 5-2 early on, but she recovered and won her next two sets 6-0, 6-2.

Emily Fraczek also played Tan close, losing 6-4, but she didn’t lose another game in the match, closing out her day 6-0, 6-0.
“You always want to win the close ones but the big thing is we came away with a team win,” Kellogg said.

On the doubles side, Amanda Jansson returned from a shoulder injury to join her partner Andrea Zammit to win two of three sets as the No. 1 doubles grouping.

The two won 6-2, 6-2 after falling 6-4 against Lakewood’s No. 1 doubles.

“Their Nos. 1 were really good. We were in there with them,” Zammit said. “Their No. 2 and 3’s played really well too, but we were able to get through them.”

The team of Lariska Theron and Michelle Savage added two more sets for the Vikings, 7-5, 6-4.

None of the Valencia pairings could get past Lakwood’s No. 1 team.

Valencia No. 3 singles player Shenelle Trujillo won 6-0, 6-2 outside of her 6-1 loss to Tan.

The Vikings are just one win away from their fifth CIF finals appearance in six years, but this season, they could meet West Ranch in the title game.

“There’s definitely more pressure, because every game you know you’re just one step closer to making it back to the finals,” Zammit said. “But you’ve just got to stay with it.

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