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CIF tennis: Valencia goes double time

Doubles teams sweep sets for Vikings to help them advance to quarterfinals

Posted: November 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Valencia doubles team of Michelle Savage, left, and Shenelle Trujillo compete against Upland High on Saturday at Valencia High.

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In typical Valencia fashion, the Vikings girls tennis team rode an impressive performance by its doubles side to defeat Upland High 13-5 at Valencia High in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs Saturday.

The Vikings (12-7), a program that traditionally fields competitive doubles teams, swept all nine doubles sets against the Highlanders (17-5), with the No. 1 doubles team of Shenelle Trujillo and Michelle Savage leading the way with a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 sweep.

“In CIF, doubles is extremely important,” Savage said. “It’s important for (Trujillo and I) to sweep. We try not to look at it that way, but we know if we do sweep we did our job.”

Jennifer Miller and Alekhya Bommireddipalli, the No. 2 doubles team, won two sets 6-0, 6-2, with substitutes Lindsey Bridges and Lindsey Wolf winning the third set 6-0.

The No. 3 team of Ashley Keith and Tina Inchalik capped off the doubles domination with three wins of 6-0, 6-2, 6-1.

With the doubles teams’ nine wins, the singles squad only needed a single set to assure the Vikings would move into the next round to play either Malibu High at Pepperdine University or San Luis Obispo, also on the road, Tuesday.

Malibu, the No. 4 seed, and San Louis Obispo will face off on Monday.

“My doubles really got it done in Viking style,” Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg said.

In singles play, the Vikings got the needed one set and more, as No. 1 singles player Brigitta Benitez won two sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), No. 2 singles player freshman Sabrina Wueste added a set 7-6 (7-1) over Upland’s No. 1 player Devan Ponce and Valencia’s No. 3 player Staci Lowe won one set 6-1.

For Upland, which entered the postseason after finishing first in the Baseline League, No. 2 singles player Pyper Brown and No. 3 player Lorren Torres mounted the only substantial challenges to the Vikings.

Brown swept her three sets 6-1, 6-1, 6-3, while Torres won two sets 6-4, 6-0 and lost a tight match 7-6 (7-5) in a tiebreaker to Benitez.

Now the Vikings will play the waiting game until Monday to find out if they’ll be traveling to Pepperdine or San Louis Obispo.

In the meantime, though, one thing is certain — in a year in which Valencia was supposed to be rebuilding after losing numerous stars to graduation, the Vikings finds themselves just one win away from their second consecutive trip to the semifinals.

“Destiny right there,” Trujillo said. “It turned into something beautiful. I think we can go all the way if we believe in each other and play to our strengths.”

Notes: In other Foothill League tennis action, the scheduled matches between tournament No. 1 seed West Ranch and Santiago of Corona at Santiago, and Hart vs. King High at Hart High were both postponed due to the threat of inclement weather. Both matches will be made up on Monday at 2 p.m. with the winners advancing, along with Valencia, to the third round on Tuesday.

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