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Foothill League girls tennis: Wildcats continue to roll through Foothill

Doubles teams win all nine sets as West Ranch doubles up Golden Valley; Rebecca Ho sweeps her sets

Posted: October 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

The West Ranch girls tennis team continued its undefeated run through the Foothill League with a 12-6 victory over Golden Valley on Tuesday at Golden Valley High.

The Wildcats (12-0, 7-0) used the match against the Grizzlies (6-7, 2-5) as an opportunity to get playing time for many of their substitutes with just three league matches to play before the Foothill League prelims.

Usual subs Emily Harmon and Ellen Jang both started on the doubles side for the Wildcats, each winning one set as West Ranch dominated in doubles by sweeping all nine sets.

“We’re trying to get well-rounded,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker, “giving everyone a chance to show what they are capable of.”

Golden Valley fared better on the singles side, as it won six of nine sets with No. 2 singles player Rebecca Ho sweeping three sets 6-2, 6-0, 6-0, including a victory over West Ranch’s No. 1 singles player Ana Cecilia Fuentes.

Fuentes played in just two sets on the day, winning 6-0 and losing to Ho 2-6.

Rebecca’s sister, Rachel, won two sets for the Grizzlies 6-0 and 7-5, but dropped a match to West Ranch No. 3 singles player Julia Lynch 6-1.

In the match, Lynch reinjured her left knee but continued to play, eventually winning the set and being subbed out for the remainder of the match.

“She was injured in the first half (of the set) but finished the set,” Spiecker said. “She got gritty and played the best she has all year.”

West Ranch’s No. 2 singles player Anne DeGiorgio won one of her two sets on the day for the Wildcats 7-5.

For the Grizzlies, the rebuilding process continues with a solid singles foundation and a doubles side that is continuing to improve.

“My doubles teams are improving,” said Golden Valley head coach Josh Stimac. “But against doubles teams like West Ranch doubles, it’s hard to gauge.”

And the process is far from over for the Grizzlies.

“I’m not satisfied with where we’re at,” Stimac said. “There were a few lapses here and there.”

With the win, the Wildcats move closer to securing their first outright Foothill League title in school history.

But don’t expect that to be what they’re talking about.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done in league,” Spiecker said. “We’ve got Hart and Saugus coming up so we have to be focused on that.”

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