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Foothill tennis: Title goes to deuce, Hart wins share of league

Hart wins share of first league title since 1998

Posted: October 19, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 19, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Hart singles player Proyfon Lohaphaisan returns a shot against Canyon on Thursday at Hart High School.

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It’s been a long time since Newhall could be called the focal point of girls prep tennis in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Fourteen years long.

Now, after 14 years, Hart High School can say it is.

The Indians completed their regular season by defeating Canyon 18-0 on Thursday at Hart High School and with the victory claimed a Foothill League co-championship with Valencia.

It’s the first title for Hart since 1998.

“Everyone thinks it’s Valencia and West Ranch and Hart third. But it’s amazing how we were able to overcome the other teams,” said Hart sophomore Proyfon Lohaphaisan. “We have better doubles teams now and with (junior) Jackie Resler and (freshman) Natalia Munoz and the support of the team, we have been able to improve.”

Hart (12-3 overall, 9-1 in the Foothill League) has been defined this season by the strength of its singles players and they didn’t disappoint on Thursday.

Resler won 6-3, 6-0, 6-0. Lohaphaisan won 6-2, 6-0, 6-0. And Munoz won 6-0, 6-0, 6-3.

Munoz’s final set against Canyon freshman Katrina DeGuzman gave a glimpse of the future of the Foothill League, as both skilled players had a back-and-forth match early before Munoz finally outlasted her opponent 6-3.

The set brought both teams and all onlookers to the edge of the Hart courts to closely watch every point.

“I was just playing it as if she wasn’t one of my best friends,” said DeGuzman, who said she has been playing against Munoz since the two were 8-year-olds.

DeGuzman was a giant bright spot for the Cowboys (0-10, 0-10) this season, as she was one of the league’s top singles players.

“I feel accomplished,” she said of her season.

Hart, meanwhile, could say the same thing, despite the fact that the Indians could have claimed an outright title, but lost to Valencia by just two games (71-69) on Tuesday.

“That’s OK,” Lohaphaisan said of sharing the title with the Vikings. “It’s a great feeling that we actually won league, but both teams worked hard to win.”

Hart was strong on the doubles side on Thursday as well, dropping just five games to the Cowboys.

Brooke Seward and Carissa Costanzo swept their three sets 6-0, 6-1, 6-0.

Bailey Sindle and Lauren Dam won a pair 6-0, 6-1 and Madison Ladanyi and Sheridan Mott won 6-2, 6-0.

“It’s a joy. These kids are a joy,” said Hart head coach Chris Mansfield about his team.

Hart takes the No. 1 seed from the Foothill League in the CIF-Southern Section postseason, which begins Oct. 30, because it has more set wins (19-17) head-to-head with Valencia.

The top singles players and doubles teams will compete Wednesday and Thursday at the Foothill League individual prelims and finals.

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