Valencia women tennis complicated during the first spherical of the CIF-Southern Segment Department 2 playoffs on Wednesday afternoon after beating The Thacher Faculty of Ojai, 13-5, at Valencia Prime Faculty.

“It’s thrilling,” mentioned the Vikings’ best senior, Brenna Whelan. “I imply, this has been a excellent win for us, I do know the previous couple years we more or less had a tricky get started, so it’s great that we were given a win this 12 months and that we all know we’re going so that you could move to the second one spherical.”

It’ll be the primary time for each and every participant at the Valencia roster in the second one spherical of the postseason. Each and every of the gamers had a key position within the win, because the Vikes received seven singles fits and 7 doubles fits within the contest.

Whelan received all 3 units with ratings of 6-3, 6-1, 6-2. She is coming off a efficiency on the Foothill League finals that integrated a doubles name along with her spouse, Sydney Thay.

Valencia’s Sydney Smith returns the ball in a fit in opposition to Thacher within the first spherical of the CIF-Southern Segment Department 2 playoffs at Valencia Prime Faculty on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Haley Sawyer/The Sign

Thay additionally received all her units, choosing up wins via ratings of 6-0, 6-2, and 6-1.

“It’s slightly tough,” Whelan mentioned of switching between singles and doubles. “It began off more or less sluggish as of late however when I were given again into it, I used to be wonderful. They’re completely other video games, so switching backward and forward, it may be slightly tough however I experience it. It’s a part of tennis, you’ve were given to play each. I used to be satisfied to play as of late and I believed I performed smartly.”

As soon as Whelan discovered her focal point in singles as soon as once more, she was once in a position to dial in on her serve and her accuracy.

“I used to be in a position to play smartly and put the ball the place I need it, in order that was once a large merit to me as of late with taking part in with one of the most women,” she mentioned. “And my serve I used to be pleased with, too.”

Doubles companions Ashley Villarta and Sydney Tamondong received all 3 units 6-3, 6-1, 6-4, whilst the workforce of Tiffany Recalde and Jonam Welinkar received 6-1, 7-5, 6-4.

Valencia trainer Jackson Boxall has been preaching competitive play all season and was once happy with the way of play he noticed in opposition to Thacher on Wednesday.

“I used to be seeing a large number of poaching, a large number of total web aggressiveness and it suppose that’s how we ended up getting the ones in reality shut fits that we have been preventing for,” Boxall mentioned.

Valencia’s Jonam Welinkar prepares to hit the ball in a fit in opposition to Thacher within the first spherical of the CIF-Southern Segment Department 2 playoffs at Valencia Prime Faculty on Wednesday. Nov. 6, 2019. Haley Sawyer/The Sign

The Vikings subsequent play the winner of the fit between Harvard-Westlake and Brentwood on Friday. On the finish of the fit, Boxall requested his workforce to take a deep have a look at what they wish to support on for themselves, however could also be encouraging them to paintings on consistency in serves and force issues.

“We’ll paintings on some issues, however I believe what we did the day before today helped us so much for as of late,” Whelan mentioned. “Harvard-Westlake or whoever we play will have to be much better, so it’s simply going out and competing and all doing our very best at what we will do.”

Poly 13, Hart 5

The Indians misplaced to Poly within the first spherical of the Department 2 CIF-Southern Segment match.

No. 1 singles participant Josie Wondra received 3 units via ratings of 6-2, 6-0, 6-2. The doubles workforce of Cameron Schwartz and Lauren Neal received two units 7-6 (7-Four in video games) and 6-2.



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