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Valencia tennis moves to quarters for first time since 2008

Posted: May 10, 2013 9:46 p.m.
Updated: May 10, 2013 9:46 p.m.

The Valencia Vikings continue on.

For the first time since 2008 — when Valencia advanced to the quarterfinals of CIF-Southern Section Division I — the Vikings have made it past the second round.

This time around, the Vikings play in Division II, and on Friday afternoon Valencia defeated the Temple City Rams 12-6 at Temple City High School.

“The guys are stoked. They were really happy,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “I still had a few people battling the flu, but I appreciate them. They were all loyal, they all showed up. A lot had AP tests and were up studying. I just appreciate they were out there battling and doing as well as they could.”

The Vikings (19-3) last made the third round in 2008, when they defeated Camarillo 10-8 on May 10, 2008 to advance to the CIF-SS quarterfinals.

The Vikings went on to lose 14-4 to Palm Desert.

The Rams loaded up on doubles in an attempt to take points from a loaded Valencia team.

It worked, slightly, as Temple City (12-6) took four doubles sets to just two singles sets, but it was far from enough.

The No. 1 doubles team of David Myers and Sam Rebele swep three sets 6-4, 6-1, 6-0.

Myers and Rebele found themselves up 3-2 with the Rams fighting to tie the set in the opening match. But the Vikings battled to to take a 4-2 advantage and swing momentum in their favor.

“That was a big momentum booster,” Kellogg said. “Because that was in the first round that helped go up 4-2 instead of being 3-3.”

From their Chris Pope and Cameron Braun dispatched the same team 6-2 from the No. 3 doubles spot as Valencia started pulling away.

“It was a close match,” Kellogg said. “It was good, my doubles really got tested.”

That could prove advantageous for the Vikings, as they will host the winner of Beverly Hills and Diamond Bar on Monday.

“It just gets tougher and tougher every time. They’re going to have to play big and have fun,” Kellogg said of the quarterfinals.

Valencia won seven of nine singles sets, with No. 1 singles player Chad LeDuff winning 6-0, 6-0, 6-2.

Joey Fernicola won two, as well, 6-0, 6-0, 3-6 and Ravi Jayanthi won 6-1, 6-1, 1-6.

Pope and Braun won two sets, 6-2, 6-2.


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