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n No. 1 ranked Valencia improved their record to 5-0

Posted: October 14, 2008 9:03 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Valencia's Thalia Wilczinski returns a shot in her 6-0 win over Canyon's Julienne Carandang in a battle of the No. 2 singles tennis players for each school on Tuesday afternoon.

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The best tennis team in CIF-SS Division III won convincingly on Tuesday at home, 17-1.

Valencia, which since 2003 has won 65 straight Foothill League matches, is undefeated at 5-0 in league this season.

"Everyone had some playing time today," Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg said. "They played like they were the No. 1 team in their division on Saturday. They played awesome tennis."

Kellogg referred to Saturday's Valencia Fall Brawl, in which Isabella Fraczek beat teammate Thalia Wilczinski, 7-5, to win the singles championship. The Fraczek twin sisters, Emily and Clarice, played together and won the doubles title.

Players from St. Bonaventure, ranked No. 5 in the Div. III coaches' poll, also played in the tournament.

Besides their lone defeat, the Vikings were only tested twice against Canyon (1-4 in league).

One was a tiebreaker doubles score of 7-6 (7-1), Valencia's Stephanie Singerman and Swati Shrestha defeating Canyon's No. 2 duo of Brittany Glasnow and Aileen Shin of the Cowboys. Singerman and Shrestha subbed in for the No. 1 doubles team of Emily Fraczek and Ashley Karzin.

The other was a 6-4 win by Viking No. 2 singles player Thalia Wilczinski over Cowboy No. 1 singles player Nicole Smith, who would go on to earn Canyon's only win, a 6-1 victory over Shin Jae Kim.

"They made it more disciplined in practice," Canyon head coach Debbie Glasnow said. "We lack depth. We have two players who are in their first year of tennis."

Smith is a sophomore who stepped into the top slot after playing her freshman season at the junior varsity level.

"It was tough, but very fun," Smith said. "There were so many lobs."

Wilczinski beat Carandang, 6-0. Amanda Janson subbed in for her to sink Sabina Campos in the No. 3 singles match, 6-0.

Isabella Fraczek won two matches, 6-1, 6-0. Andrea Zammit won 6-0 over Campos. Kim downed two opponents by 6-0 scores.

Wilczinski has an illness that has affected her immune system, so she's had to be careful around people who are sick this cold season. The Vikings' player has only lost two matches all season, both in league, when she was feeling her worst.

"I'm getting better," Wilczinski said. "Slowly, I'm building my immune system."

Emily Fraczek and Karzin beat Chika Kondo and Traci Okihara, 6-2. Fraczek and Karzin beat Min Ji Lee, 6-1. Clarice Fraczek and Maxine David won 6-0, 6-2.

Chelsie Dietz and Eunice Pack swept their matches, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

Junior varsity
Valencia beat Canyon in junior varsity play, 16-2.

Viking No. 1 player Kirstie Kwock won her two matches, 6-2, 6-0.

The Cowboys' wins were by No. 1 singles player Jennifer Ward, 6-1, and No. 3 singles player Sarah Dorrier, 6-2.

Valencia's Shenelle Trujillo won by scores of, 6-0, 6-1. Brittany Menuitz beat Lindsey Ward of Canyon, 6-3.
Viking No. 3 singles player Lindsey Weberbaurer won both of her matches, 6-0, 6-0.

In doubles, Nicolle Lee and Michelle Savage beat Ashley Fidler and Megan Cerborne, 6-0. Taryn Joubert and Lauren Walden defeated Jennifer Carrillo and Paulette and Alonsaguy, 6-2.

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