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Foothill tennis: New route to success

Hart uses mix of singles and doubles to upend Grizzlies

Posted: September 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Hart's team of Brooke Seward, left, and Carissa Costanza plays against Golden Valley on Monday at Golden Valley High.

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It’s pretty clear what Hart is going to get from its singles players week by week.

If the Indians want to continue this razor- sharp start to Foothill League play, it’s going to take a strong all-around effort.

That’s what Hart got on Monday in a 15-3 victory over Golden Valley at Golden Valley High School.

For once, it was actually Hart’s doubles lineup that slightly outperformed its singles counterpart, winning eight out of nine sets in the match.

The Indians’ No. 2 team of Brooke Seward and Carissa Costanza swept three sets, all by scores of 6-1, while the No. 1 team of Lauren Dam and Bailey Sindle won two sets, 6-2, 6-2 before being subbed out for the third.

“They didn’t let down at all,” Hart head coach Chris Mansfield said of his players. “And my doubles played better than they have in a while.”

The biggest set win of the day for Hart (6-2 overall, 3-0 Foothill League) came from singles player Natalia Munoz, who beat reigning All-Santa Clarita Valley Singles Player of the Year Rebecca Ho by a score of 6-4.

It was Ho’s first dropped set of league play this year.

“She likes the ball to sit still and the conditions weren’t too friendly,” said Golden Valley head coach Josh Stimac of Ho’s play. “She wasn’t playing her best, but she really battled.”

Munoz was serving with a 5-2 lead before Ho broke her serve and picked up two games in a row to make it a 5-4 set.

Eventually, Munoz closed it out on a blustery day.

“They were both hitting very well and I think Natalia won some really critical points,” Mansfield said.

Ho knocked off Hart’s Jackie Resler 6-3 and Proyfon Lohaphaisan 6-0 for her team’s only two wins in singles.

Other than Ho’s sets, Golden Valley (3-4, 1-2) didn’t win a single game on the singles side as Resler and Lohaphaisan cruised to two set wins each.

The Grizzlies’ doubles team of Jordan Dulay and Beau Lauran claimed the team’s lone doubles set of the day.

Monday’s win sets up a matchup between two league-undefeated teams when Hart hosts 3-0 Valencia on Thursday.

This will be Hart’s biggest test, especially in doubles play, thus far, Mansfield said.

“I think you take it in order,” he said of Thursday’s matchup. “West Ranch (last week) was big and that was very big and now we’ve got to worry about Valencia.”

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