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Time for individuality

Four top singles seeds advance to finals

Posted: November 5, 2008 9:57 p.m.
Updated: November 6, 2008 4:30 a.m.

Anne Susdorf from Hart prepares to return a ball hit by Sarah Theroux from Saugus during the Foothill League Tennis Prelims.

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The Valencia girls tennis team cruised to another Foothill League title last week - their seventh straight.
But in the true spirit of tennis, the individuals look to shine this week.

The Foothill League Girls Tennis Preliminaries were held on Wednesday afternoon at the Paseo Club.

Today's results will determine which players will advance to the CIF-Southern Section Division III Individual Playoffs on Nov. 22.

All four top seeds in singles advanced to today's league finals and three of four top seeds advanced in doubles.

The league's defending champion, Valencia's Isabella Fraczek, got through her sets with relative ease, despite a nagging shoulder injury that kept her out of the team's final two league matches.

F raczek swept Hart's Julie Lefko 6-1, 6-0 and Hart's Shelly Sachdeva 6-0, 6-0 and enters today's competition as the No. 2 seed.

Fraczek said she feels the pressure to claim the crown again.

"There's big competition for me," she said. "It will definitely be hard, but if I lose it's not a huge loss. I tried my best."

For Fraczek, the most important goal for her in her last season with the Vikings is to help lead the team to a CIF championship.

The senior said she is "extremely" hungry to get the title that the team was so close to grabbing last season before losing to Chadwick High of Palos Verdes.

"I want it so bad," Fraczek said.

In her way for the league individual title will be Hart's Anne Susdorf, who enters today's finals as the No. 1 seed.

In Wednesday's matches, Susdorf had similar success to Fraczek, taking out Saugus' Sarah Theroux 6-1, 6-0 and Saugus' Megan Soucy, 6-0, 6-0.

Also advancing in the singles draw was the No. 3 seed, West Ranch's Ana Lucia Fuentes, who will take on Fraczek today.

The No. 4 seed, Valencia's Thalia Wilczynski, will face Susdorf.

The story of the day on the doubles side was Saugus' unseeded duo of Emily Wilson and Christina Callas.

They defeated Valencia's Chelsie Dietz and Andrea Zammit in three sets, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4.

They will face an unlikely draw in the finals - the Poonnopatam sisters.

West Ranch's No. 2 singles player Gavelynn Poonnopatam and younger sister Lena, a freshman and West Ranch's No. 3 singles player, have teamed up for the league finals.

The partnership comes via a decision the sisters made to give Gavelynn, a senior, one more shot to compete.

"It was a fun thing for the sisters," said West Ranch head coach Eric Speicker. "They knew it would be fun to play together one last time."

Rounding out the singles draw is Valencia's No. 1 duo of Clarice and Emily Fraczek, who will take on West Ranch's Mallory Martin and True O'Neill.

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