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Valencia tennis must win the hard way

Vikings defeat Cypress, but a tough stretch awaits in the CIF-Southern Section Division III Playof

Posted: November 18, 2008 9:52 p.m.
Updated: November 19, 2008 4:55 a.m.

As the No. 2 overall seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division III Girls Team Tennis Playoffs, Valencia is supposed to be a dominating force.

But not by this much.

The Vikings blew out Cypress 17-1 on Tuesday in the second round in Cypress.

"We were pretty surprised," said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. "But there's a lot of good players in Orange County. You never know who's good on which team."

The match was postponed from Saturday, due to the fires raging in Orange County.

If Valencia wins today's quarterfinal match at 1 p.m. at South Pasadena and advances to Thursday's semifinal, the Vikings will have played three matches in three days.

"We just go with the flow," Kellogg said. "We got to win this one after we kept being put off. This puts us closer to our ultimate goal, which is to win CIF."

If Valencia wins today, it will play at 2 p.m. on Thursday against the winner between Los Osos and Martin Luther King. The site will be determined by a coin flip.

Viking No. 1 singles player Isabella Fraczek won all three of her matches by scores of 6-1.

Thalia Wilczinski, Valencia's No. 2 singles player, won a close match 7-5, then steamrolled in her next two matches, 6-2, 6-0.

Shin Jae Kim lost to Cypress' No. 1 player 6-0, but the Vikings' No. 3 singles player also rolled, 6-1, 6-1.

"Shin Jae is getting more confident," Kellogg said.

The Vikings' No. 1 doubles team of Emily Fraczek and Amanda Jannson swept their matches 6-1, 6-0.

Maxine David and Ashley Karzin came onto the court as substitutes and won 6-2.

Clarice Fraczek and Eunice Pak won three - 6-0, 6-2, 6-1.

Andrea Zammit and Chelsea Dietz won 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.

Last season in the CIF-SS quarterfinals, the South Pasadena Tigers lost to Valencia 13-5. South Pasadena returns both of its top two singles players from last season.

The Tigers, the third-place team from the Rio Hondo League, defeated No. 7 overall seed Oaks Christian in Saturday's second-round match. Both teams tied each other at 9, but South Pasadena won in points, 77-64.


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