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All-SCV Girls Tennis: Rebecca Ho, Step to perfection

Golden Valley junior Rebecca Ho went 27-0 in league

Posted: January 3, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 3, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Golden Valley junior Rebecca Ho is the 2011 All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Tennis Singles Player of the Year. Golden Valley junior Rebecca Ho is the 2011 All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Tennis Singles Player of the Year.
Golden Valley junior Rebecca Ho is the 2011 All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Tennis Singles Player of the Year.

There are few constants in life — and even fewer in sports.

But this season, Golden Valley singles player Rebecca Ho proved to be one of them.

She was infallible during league play — and with a few exceptions — throughout the 2011 season.

Ho completed a remarkable run through the Foothill League, dispatching her opponents with ease and finishing the regular season with a 27-0 league record and 46-1 overall record during the regular season.

Watching one player dominate the league has become something of a familiarity in the Foothill League as former Hart standout Anne Susdorf did it in each of the previous three seasons.

But with Susdorf graduating last year, many thought this season would be wide open in singles play with the emergence of players such as Ana Cecilia Fuentes and Julia Lynch at West Ranch, Jackie Resler and Proyfon Lohaphaisan at Hart, Brigitta Benitez at Valencia and Megan Soucy at Saugus.

But one by one, Ho dispatched them all — and in doing so sent a message to the league that although Susdorf is gone, but the days of one player owning the Foothill League are very much still here.

Ho was the best by a wide margin and, as a junior, is poised to make a run at back-to-back league titles next year.

Her one blemish on the season came in a loss at Quartz Hill, when a windy day and the school’s lack of wind guards on its court played havoc on her game.

The No. 1 singles player didn’t lose another set until the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Individual singles regional tournament, when Ho ran into No. 1 seed Maegan Manasse and lost 6-0, 6-1.

Manasse went on to win the Southern Section championship.

But none of that should overshadow the excellent season Ho had in a league that was loaded with talent from top to bottom.

Ho faced perennial power houses Valencia and West Ranch — a team that was ranked at the top of the Division III rankings for most of the season — and came out unscathed.

Lineups were rearranged, tactics were changed and yet no matter what opposing coaches and players tried, Ho didn’t flinch.

Focused and determined to win each and every time she took the court, Ho was rarely challenged during league play.
A team captain along with her sister Rachel, Rebecca entered the Foothill League individual tournament with the target squarely on her back.

Still, none of the league’s best could break her.

Ho rolled through the first two rounds of the tournament, defeating West Ranch’s Anne DeGiorgio 6-1, 6-0 and Canyon’s Rebecca Bingenheimer 6-0, 6-0 to earn a spot in the semifinals.

And that’s where, faced with adversity for the first time in league competition, Ho showed anyone interested that there should be no doubt who the league’s top player is.

Trailing 6-5 in the first set of the semifinal match to Lohaphaisan and down 40-0, Ho locked in.

With the challenge stiffer than any she had faced in almost two months, Ho battled back to win the point, the set and eventually the match 7-6 (7-1), 6-0.

And that dominance continued, as Ho defeated Fuentes 6-1, 6-2 in the finals to take the league crown.

Now, with one season left in her Golden Valley career, all eyes will be on her to start the 2012 season.

But that shouldn’t be a problem for Ho.

She is a constant; a constant leader, a constant winner.

And for the first time in her career, she is The Signal’s 2011 All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Tennis Singles Player of the Year.

Singles Team

Ana Cecilia Fuentes • West Ranch • Junior
After living in the shadow of her sister Ana Lucia Fuentes last season, Ana Cecilia was ready to take the lead for the Wildcats this season. As a junior, and with her sister off to college, Ana Cecilia lived up to her preseason billing, consistently performing as the best player on the league’s best team. The junior went 23-4 in Foothill League play to help the Wildcats secure their first outright league title in school history. She was at her best when it mattered most, going 5-1 against rival Valencia in two matches and helping West Ranch enter the playoffs with the No. 1 seed and advance to the semifinals for the second straight season. In individual play, Fuentes built on that success, finishing as the league’s runner up in individual competition.

Proyfon Lohaphaisan • Hart • Freshman
The freshman burst onto the Foothill League tennis scene this season, going 40-7 overall and 24-6 in league play as the No. 2 singles player for the Indians. With Lohaphaisan backing up Resler, the Indians developed what might turn out to be the league’s best one-two punch in singles for the next two years. In individual play, Lohaphaisan pushed Player of the Year Rebecca Ho further than anyone in the league. The two met in the semifinals of the Foothill League individual tournament with Lohaphaisan forcing a tiebreak in the first set before Ho went on to win the match and eventually the tournament.

Jackie Resler • Hart • Sophomore

Hart’s Jackie Resler anchored a young singles side for the Indians this season. Only a sophomore, the Indians’ No. 1 singles player dominated in league play, losing only to Player of the Year Rebecca Ho and West Ranch No. 1 singles player Ana Cecilia Fuentes. Resler was just as solid outside of league play as well, going went 21-0 during the preseason and losing just two sets in postseason play to lead Hart’s run from wild card entrant in the CIF-Southern Section Division III quarterfinalist, where the Indians lost to eventual division champion St. Margaret’s in a tight 11-7 match.


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