Valencia’s No. 1 singles player Amanda Tabanera has been an integral part of the Vikings tennis team for four years, and now she will continue her playing career as a Crusader after committing to Valparaiso University in Indiana. Tabanera is receiving a four-year merit and athletic based scholarship to the Division 1 university. “I feel so happy to have already found out where I am going and getting to play tennis at the next level,” Tabanera said. “Now I don’t have any more stress. All the hours playing have finally paid off.” As a junior, Tabanera made a connection with the head coach of the Valparaiso Crusaders Tammy Cecchini, who was the first coach to reach out to her. The bond grew stronger between the two, which ultimately led Tabanera to her decision to join the Crusaders. “I thought it was a perfect fit for me. I visited several schools and Valpo felt right for me,” she said. “I love the coach and the team and it just felt right. Especially the coach. Junior year she was the first person to contact me and was super interested and ever since we’ve stayed in touch.” Tabanera has been a force in the Foothill League ever since her freshman year, when she won the league title in doubles with partner Jennifer Shin in 2015. She topped that in her sophomore campaign, winning the Foothill League singles title after dropping only three games in four rounds back in the 2016 prelims. In 2017, Tabanera once again took home the doubles crown in league and made it to the semifinals in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs along with her partner Carlotta Nonnis-Marzano. With prelims coming up next week followed by the playoffs, Tabanera is poised to make another big run this year.