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Foothill tennis: All about the upper tier

Despite league’s depth, top seeds all move on

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

Hart singles player Proyfon Lohaphaisan gets ready to return the ball during the Foothill League Individual Tournament on Wednesday at The Paseo Club.

 

Before the opening rounds of the girls tennis Foothill League Individual Tournament at The Paseo Club on Wednesday afternoon, coaches were in agreement that this year’s edition was deeper than usual.

Yet, as good as the field was, the top seeds were that much better, as all four top seeds in singles and doubles advanced to today’s semifinals.

“The good players in this league are dedicated to tennis during the high school season, but the top players are dedicated to playing tournaments and taking hours of lessons year round,” said Golden Valley head coach Josh Stimac.

“That’s really the difference between the first and second stratifications of players in this league, and it showed today.”

Defending singles champion Rebecca Ho was all business, cruising to the semifinals by way of 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-0 victories, and proving that despite entering the tournament as the second seed, she’s still the player to beat.

As expected, Ho will be joined on today by Hart’s trio of Natalia Munoz, Jackie Resler, and Proyfon Lohaphaisan.

While Resler cruised to her semifinal, in which she will face Ho, both Munoz and Lohaphaisan were tested by talented second-round opponents.

Lohaphaisan rode her lethal forehand to a 6-4, 6-1 win over Valencia’s Brigitta Benitez, with Munoz topping Canyon’s freshman standout Katrina DeGuzman 6-3, 6-3.

Next, the two will face off against each other for the first time this season in the second singles semifinal.

“That should be a great match,” said Indians head coach Chris Mansfield. “Natalia and Proyfon have hit with each other in practice, but I’ve never really seen them play a set before.”

In doubles, Valencia’s Ashley Keith and Tina Inchalik did little to disprove their No. 1 seed, capturing three of their four sets without dropping a game on the way to the semifinals.

The duo will be joined by fellow Vikings Alekhya Bommireddipalli and Lindsey Wolf, who helped make the tournament less Hart-centric with their 6-3, 6-4 second-round win over Hart’s Lauren Dam and Bailey Sindle.

Awaiting Bommireddipalli and Wolf are West Ranch’s Amanda Wilkinson and Mackenzie Lyle, who dropped just two games in four sets on Wednesday.

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