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CIF tennis playoffs: Vikes still standing

Valencia defeats No. 3-seeded Canyon of Anaheim

Posted: November 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Valencia singles player Sabrina Wueste competes against Anaheim Canyon at Valencia on Friday.

 

With much of the preseason talk about rival Hart, Valencia girls tennis let its play speak for itself this season — winning its 10th Foothill League title in 11 years.

On Friday afternoon in the CIF-Southern Section Division II second round, the Vikings made another bold statement.

Valencia took down previously undefeated No. 3 seed Canyon of Anaheim 11-7 at Valencia High School to move into the quarterfinals in the team’s first season since moving up from Division III.

Now, the Vikings are the last Foothill League team standing.

The Vikings (18-4-1) shot out to a 5-1 lead after the first round, and used a sweep by No. 1 doubles team Ashley Keith and Tina Inchalik (6-2, 7-5, 6-2) and two wins each from singles players Sabrina Wueste (6-3, 0-6, 6-1) and Briggitta Benitez (6-2, 1-6, 6-1) to set the tone against the Comanches (19-1).

“That was the strongest doubles that we’ve run into all year,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “Their No. 1 doubles team hadn’t lost all season — all three of our doubles teams were really solid.”

None stronger than Keith and Inchalik, who defeated the Comanches’ Nicole Huizinga and Kellen Estrada 7-5 to hand them their first loss of the season.

“We went into (the match) thinking we’ll give it our all,” Keith said. “Any match now could be our last.”

Now Valencia has at least one more, though, as they’ll face either Ocean League champion Santa Monica on the road Monday, or Orange Coast League champion Laguna Beach at home in the quarterfinals.

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