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Valencia tennis cruises in first round of the playoffs

Posted: November 13, 2008 10:10 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2008 4:55 a.m.

Thalia Wilczinski smashes a forehand Thursday in her second game of the day against Santiago High of Corona at Valencia High.

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One down, four to go.

On its quest to make it back to the CIF-Southern Section Division III finals, the Valencia girls tennis team took care of business on day one.

The Vikings defeated Santiago of Corona 16-2 on Thursday in the first round of CIF playoffs at Valencia High.

A clean sweep on the doubles side aided Valencia's win.

The Vikings will face the Cypress Saturday at Cypress High.

Cypress defeated Bonita Thursday 9-9 (89-70 in games).

"We finished and got our job done," said Valencia doubles player Andrea Zammitt. "We accomplished our goal."

Since the beginning of the season, Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg had made it clear that the team is focused on making it back to its fourth consecutive final.

The Vikings have come up short in the past three seasons when making to the finals, losing out the last two seasons to Chadwick of Palos Verdes. The year prior, Valencia lost to Brentwood.

As the No. 2 seeded team in the Division III playoffs, the Vikings have a solid shot at making it back to the final match.

Should Valencia maintain the same level of play it produced in Thursday's match, it could get there.

With the Vikings having consistent play from its singles players all season, the steady play in the doubles draw is keeping Valencia's domination going into the post season.

No duo allowed a team to score more that three games in Tuesday's match. Valencia's No. 3 tandem of Zammit and Chelsie Dietz said the most important factor for them has been camaraderie.

"So much of tennis is the mental aspect of the game," Dietz said. "If you don't get along with your partner, it just lowers your game."

Emily Fraczek, who finished with sister Clarice as the No. 1 duo in the Foothill League after last week's league finals teamed up with Amanda Jansson on Thursday to win two sets before Max David stepped in to win one with Fraczek.

Clarice teamed up with Eunice Pak to win two sets and Ashley Karzin came in to win a set with Pak.

Valencia's No. 1 singles player Isabella Fraczek was the only Vikings player to sweep in the singles draw 6-2, 7-5, 6-2.

Thalia Wilczynski and Shin Jae Kim each won two sets.

"Unfortunately we just came up short," said Santiago head coach Jose Pereyra. "Valencia is a very good team and we just weren't moving."

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