Valencia women tennis (6-1, 3-0) introduced the warmth in its Tuesday Foothill League match, beating the house Hart (6-3, 3-1), 15-3.
Vikings’ No. 1 singles Sydney Thay continued her sizzling streak, sweeping her matches 6-0, 6-1 and 6-0. No. 2 singles Skylar Brathwaite was equally environment friendly, profitable her matches 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0.
Thay knew Hart was additionally sizzling getting into their matchup. The Vikings’ coach preached the mindset of enjoying with confidence with out underestimating their opponent, who simply took down West Ranch.
“I wasn’t stunned by an excessive amount of from immediately’s match,” mentioned Valencia head coach Darrell Peries. “Each groups had been undefeated in league going into the match, and CIF has Hart ranked within the high 10 in Division 2. Though the rating was 15-3, there have been fairly just a few units that might have gone both method with a bunch of 6 -4 units and a 7-5. I believe it is necessary to respect each opponent and put together and observe nicely for them. ”
Valencia’s No. 1 pair of Alexis Kuncar and Estrella Segura additionally dominated on the web, profitable their matches 6-4, 6-1 and 6-3.
Valencia No. 2 doubles Pavani Katakam and Sivan Garteiz completed victorious in lengthy matches all day, ending 6-3, 6-3 and 6-3.
The doubles matches for essentially the most half went lengthy and will’ve gone both method, however the Vikings would prevail in eight of the 9 matches.
The primary spherical of doubles confirmed a powerful combat from Hart because the Indians went down 4-6, 3-6 and 5-7.
Hart knew it was shut and fought arduous all through its matches.
The Indians acquired two of their wins when No. 1 singles Mia Shields and No. 2 Bella Galoostian every defeated Hart No. 3 Melissa Arakelyan 6-2.
Hart No. 1 doubles duo Teagan Heinze and Em Porter additionally had nothing however marathon matches, ending the day 4-6, 3-6 and 6-3.
“Teagan Heinze and Em Porter have been an unbelievable doubles group,” mentioned Indians head coach Allan Hardbarger. “Teagan is a senior captain with a really calming presence, and Em brings a variety of ardour onto the court docket. I believe that they are going to be one of many high doubles groups within the league by the tip of the season. ”
Many of the Indians ‘doubles performed double-back, a defensive effort to maintain the Vikings’ robust returns at bay.
“Hart had actually good arms on the internet on the doubles aspect, which can have caught us off guard a bit,” mentioned Peries. “They acquired photographs again that we’re accustomed to ending.”
Each groups entered the match good in league play however the Vikings took spherical one by a landslide. Nevertheless, Hardbarger is aware of his group’s efforts and particular person scores present this was an in depth one.
“Our group has been very resilient all season and the ladies actually choose one another up even when they aren’t enjoying their finest,” mentioned Hardbarger. “I consider that we are going to bounce again from this loss, and we could have a powerful second half of the season.”
Thay, a senior, has been a pressure all season for Valencia. Thay’s robust all-around recreation di lei has put strain on opponents to be good as a result of she will beat them in several methods.
“There have been a variety of nice tennis gamers which have come out of Valencia through the years,” mentioned Peries. “In my view, when Sydney is completed along with her highschool profession, she’ll be among the finest to return out of this valley. She has an incredible work ethic, psychological power and aggressive drive. ”
Peries has fairly the one-two punch with Thay and Brathwaite, citing the latter as an clever participant with an entire recreation.
The 2, together with the whole group. are all enterprise when on the court docket however have an ideal connection off the courts as nicely.
“It is at all times like a household on this group,” mentioned Thay. “It is at all times a variety of enjoyable however we share the identical purpose of desirous to win league and do nicely in CIF. Motivation-wise, we’re on the identical web page and having unbelievable enjoyable. ”
Valencia was to host West Ranch Wednesday earlier than heading to the Level Loma Tennis Invitational this weekend. Hart will stay residence to host Saugus on Friday.