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Vikings serve up win

Valencia remains undefeated in league action

Posted: October 28, 2008 9:19 p.m.
Updated: December 30, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Thalia Wilczinski, who played as the No. 1 singles player, slices the ball over to her Saugus opponent Tuesday afternoon at Valencia High School.

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Is there any stopping the Valencia High girls tennis team?

If Tuesday's match against Saugus is any indication, apparently not.

The Lady Vikings were solid in their 14-4 win over the Centurions and remain undefeated in the Foothill League.

Valencia was led by strong performances on the doubles side where the team dropped just one set.

The Vikings' No.1 tandem of Emily Fraczek and Amanda Jansson swept all three of their sets, 6-2, 7-5, 6-1.

The duo has played together most of the season and has only lost one set in competition. They credit their success to team work.

"We like to cheer each other on," Fraczek said. "It's really all about getting along and having confidence in your partner and everything falls into place."

"We have to have a positive attitude," Jansson added.

Andrea Zammit and Maxine David, Valencia's No. 3 doubles team, also got in on the sweeping action. They won all three of their sets, as well, 6-0, 6-2, 6-1.

Saugus' Pilar Araujo and Mariah Aguinaldo spoiled the Vikings chance of a complete sweep on the doubles side after taking the second set from Valencia's No. 2 squad, Clarice Fraczek and Ashley Karzin.

The Vikings saw significant performances from No. 1 singles player Thalia Wilczynski, who swept all three sets over the Centurions, and No. 2 singles player Shin Jae Kim who also swept.

Saugus' Emily Wilson, Yumi Suh and Kristina Cox each won a set for the Centurions.

Absent from Tuesday's action was defending league champion Isabella Fraczek, who is out with a shoulder injury.

Isabella, who has been a significant factor in the Vikings success, is questionable for next week's league finals.

Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg said she hopes the team continues to get stronger and more confident as they continue its run to the playoffs.

The Vikings have been triumphant in their trek through the playoffs finishing as runners-up in last year's CIF-Southern Section Finals match.

Kellogg's only hope is that the team can clinch that CIF title at the end of the season.

"These kids work really hard and put a lot of time in on the court," Kellogg said. "Hopefully it will all pay off."


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