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Prep tennis: Indians back on top

Hart puts two singles players in semifinals to help it take Fall Brawl team title

Posted: September 16, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 16, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Hart No. 1 singles player Jackie Resler returns a serve during her finals match against Sophie Whittle of Arroyo Grande High School at the Fall Brawl at Valencia High School on Saturday afternoon.

Hart head coach Chris Mansfield couldn’t remember the last time his team won the Valencia Fall Brawl.

It’s been at least a decade since his team was able to put it all together and take home the overall team title at the tournament that pits all the Foothill League teams against each other, with a few nonleague opponents, as well.

Now, that answer won’t be so hard to remember — as Hart won the Fall Brawl over Valencia 18-15 behind the strong play of Jackie Resler and Proyfon Lohaphaisan in singles and Lauren Dam and Bailey Sindle in doubles.

Hart and Valencia both advanced singles players into the semifinals, with Resler defeating Valencia’s Brigitta Benitez 8-1, before falling to Arroyo Grande’s Sophie Whittle in the title match, 8-4.

Whittle made her way to the finals by dispatching Lohaphaisan 8-5 in the semis.

“She was very good,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg of Whittle. “She was just always on.”

In doubles, it came down to a familiar Foothill League rivalry: West Ranch vs. Valencia.

After advancing to the finals with an 8-6 victory over the Wildcats’ Amanda Wilkinson and Makenzie Lyle, Valencia’s No. 1 doubles team of Ashley Keith and Tina Inchalik took down West Ranch’s Hana El Arabi and Sydney Schwartz 8-2 to win the tournament.

Lauren Dam and Bailey Sindle, Hart’s No. 1 doubles team, also advanced to the semifinals before losing 8-7 (7-2) to El Arabi and Schwartz.

“(Dam and Sindle) had some impressive moments,” Mansfield said of his top doubles team. “They were up and down, and if I can get them to play even keel they will be dominate.”

The biggest surprise of the tournament came in the singles consolation bracket, where Canyon freshman Katrina DeGuzman caught the attention of rival coaches as she won defeated Chatsworth’s Sarah Ko 8-0 for the consolation title.

“I think she would be the biggest surprise,” Mansfield said. “She’ll be solid all the way. She’s an experienced tournament player. She will be very good.”

Valencia’s Lindsey Wolf and Alekhya Bommireddipalli won the doubles consolation bracket, defeating Brooke Seward and Carissa Costanzo, of Hart, 8-2 in the finals.

West Ranch and Arroyo Grande finished tied for third at 14 points apiece, but the Wildcats won the tiebreaker with 77 games won to Arroyo Grande’s 68.

The tournament was the final tuneup for Foothill League schools before league play begins on Tuesday.

“It was a long hot day, but I thought the tennis was excellent” Mansfield said. “The singles first and second place and third and fourth was just a battle, and same with the doubles.”


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