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Vikings roll to semifinals

Valencia girls tennis defeats South Pasadena and will play today

Posted: November 19, 2008 9:59 p.m.
Updated: November 20, 2008 4:51 a.m.

The rock keeps on rolling.

The Valencia's girls tennis team, the No. 2 seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs, has advanced to the semifinal round with a 12-6 win over South Pasadena on Wednesday.

After two straight days on the road, the Vikings return home today to face Martin Luther King High of Riverside, the Big VIII League's No. 1 finisher, at 2 p.m.

This was the second straight season Valencia has knocked South Pasadena out of the postseason.

The Vikings won 13-5 in the quarterfinal round last season.

Despite returning two of its top singles players from 2007, the Tigers could not overcome a formidable Vikings squad this time around.

Another strong performance in the doubles draw aided the Vikings' victory on Wednesday.

Valencia won eight of nine sets in doubles and the No. 1 duo of Emily Fraczek and Amanda Jansson swept all three of their sets 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.

Fellow teammates and the Vikings No. 2 tandem of Clarice Fraczek and Eunice Pak also swept 6-1, 6-0, 6-3.

"I think these girls are focused on the prize," said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. "They're just taking it one set at a time, one match at a time."

Andrea Zammit and partner Chelsie Dietz added two sets for the Vikings.

The competition was a bit tougher in the singles draw.

Valencia won four out of nine sets on the singles side with No. 1 Isabella Fraczek leading the way by winning two sets.

The Foothill League's No. 3 finisher dropped her first set but 3-6, but wrapped up her day with 6-2, 6-1 wins.

Valencia's No. 2 singles player Thalia Wilczynski and No. 3 player Shin Jae Kim each added a set for the Vikings.

"We're just going with the flow," Kellogg said. "We're not trying to make it any more difficult than it has to be. We just have to keep playing our game and keep our vision on what it is we really want."

On its trek back to the finals, Kellogg said the team is taking it all in stride.

After three consecutive finals appearances, the team is ready to bask in some glory.

"We're trying to have no doubts and we really believe that this is our year."


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