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Foothill League girls tennis: It’s the usuals

Top seeds advance in singles and doubles at Foothill prelims

Posted: November 3, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 3, 2011 1:55 a.m.

West Ranch’s Ana Cecilia Fuentes competes in the Foothill League prelims on Wednesday at The Paseo Club. Fuentes advanced to the semifinals, which will be held today.

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There were few surprises during the Foothill League tennis prelims at The Paseo Club Wednesday, where the league’s top girls tennis players met for a right to enter the CIF-Southern Section Individual Playoffs.

With the first two rounds of the tournament played Wednesday, the top four seeds in singles and doubles all advanced to play in today’s Foothill League finals at The Paseo Club.

In singles, top seed Rebecca Ho dropped only one game in a first-round 6-1, 6-0 victory over West Ranch’s Anne DeGiorgio on her way to two, two-set victories and a spot in today’s semifinals by defeating Canyon’s Rebecca Bingenheimer 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinal round.

In the semis, Ho will face Hart freshman and No. 4 seed Proyfon Lohaphaisan.

Lohaphaisan defeated fellow freshman Julia Lynch from West Ranch High in the first round 6-1, 6-2 and took down Saugus’ Jessica Ta 6-1, 6-1 to advance to today’s match with Ho.

“(Making it to) semis was pretty successful,” Lohaphaisan said. “There’s a lot of good players out here already. Even if I lost (to Ho), it’s fine — I’m just glad I made it to semifinals.”

On the other side of the bracket, West Ranch’s Ana Cecilia Fuentes, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, easily advanced to the semifinals. Fuentes won 6-0, 6-1 over Hart’s Lauren Dam and 6-3, 6-0 over Valencia’s Sabrina Wueste.

“It’s fun to play out here (as opposed to league play),” Fuentes said, “because we’re not all stressed out. It’s mostly about you, not so much about the team. We fight for ourselves to get to the top.”

Standing in Fuentes’ way is Hart’s No. 1 singles player and tournament two seed Jackie Resler, who defeated Valencia’s Staci Lowe 6-4, 6-0 in the first round and Brigitta Benitez 6-4, 6-1 in the second round.

The top seeds held on the doubles side as well, as top seed Shenelle Trujillo and Michelle Savage, of Valencia, struggled early against the West Ranch team of Sarah Andrews and Amanda Wilkinson. The Valencia duo responded to win 7-5, 6-1 before dispatching the Golden Valley team of Elle Lauron and Erica Kim 6-0, 6-1 to advance to today’s action.

Savage and Trujillo hope to replicate their result from this season’s Fall Brawl, where they took on many of the same teams and came out on top, Savage said.

The two will face off today with fourth seeded Jordyn Jaffe and MacKenzie Lyle of West Ranch, who defeated Hart’s Brooke Seward and Bailey Sindle 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the semifinal round.

The winner of that matchup will face the winner of the other semifinal between Valencia’s Tina Inchalik and Ashley Keith, the No. 3 seed, and West Ranch’s Gabrielle Morici and Lena Poonnopatam, the tournament’s second seed.

Inchalik and Keith defeated Hart’s Shannon Cholakian and Victoria Lionetti 6-4, 7-5 in the final and closest match of day one.

The lone surprise of the day may have happened before play even began, as Morici and Poonnopatam drew a first-round match up with Valencia’s Lindsey Bridges and Jennifer Miller.

“I was (nervous to face them),” Morici said, “because we had a tough match against them in the Fall Brawl. I was nervous, I was surprised and knew we had to get past them.”

And Morici and Poonnopatam did just that, winning the first-round matchup 6-1, 6-4 and parlaying that momentum into a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Saugus’ Pilar Araujo and Caren Rosen to advance to the semifinals.

Today’s action will begin at 11 a.m. at The Paseo Club with the final two singles players and final two doubles teams clinching a spot in the CIF-Southern Section Individual Tennis Playoffs, which begin on Nov. 8.

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