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Valencia tennis blows Hart down

Posted: March 21, 2008 1:06 a.m.
Updated: May 22, 2008 5:02 a.m.
The wind was relentless but it didn't seem to be much of a factor as Valencia varsity boys tennis defeated Hart on Thursday 16-2 at Valencia High.

The Indians could not equal their claimants as No.1 singles player Jack Zapala swept all three of his sets 6-3, 6-0, 6-1 and teammate Tyler Gottshall won both of his two sets 6-1, 6-0.

"Tyler and Jack really took care of business for us." said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg.

The play of the Vikings doubles was encouraging as well.

Mike Stewart and Ben Inchalik swept all three of their sets allowing their opponents to score only two games - 6,0, 6-1, 6-1.

Matt Cheng and Alex Pick also swept their opponents winning 6-4, 6-1 ,6-3.

But the Indians were not going to be completely shut out.

"I told the team to come in here and play their hearts out." said Hart head coach Chris Mansfield.

The doubles team of Alex Prieto and Joe Reyes put the Indians on the board by defeating the Vikings' Conner Comp and Matt Kuratomi 6-1.

"Its nice to see our No. 1 doubles team do good." Mansfield said.

Hart's No. 1 singles player Garrett Russikoff defeated Jimmy Kim 7-5.

Russikoff, who is coming off of an injury, is looking to help the Indians remain competitive this season.

"Hart is in a rebuilding phase," Kellogg said.

The Indians are still looking to win their first match of the season. Hart (0-7, 0-2) plays Golden Valley on Tuesday.

"We need to be more positive and aggressive." Mansfield said. "We have to get our singles to be more consistent."

The Vikings (13-1, 2-0) are looking to take their momentum further.

"We have to be more confident." Kellogg said. "We tend to feel more pressure during league and our games get tight.

We have to be looser."


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