Vikings girls’ tennis is on a tear this season. Hot off a big 14-4 win over West Ranch, the team remains undefeated in league action and on pace for another league title.
Valencia singles No. 1 Sydney Thay also remains unbeaten in league play. The senior won all of her matches in Thursday’s match with the Wildcats. Thay won her matches with scores of 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0.
The team’s No. 1 singles Skylar Brathwaite has lost just one set in league this year. Brathwaite, a junior, also swept her matches Thursday, winning 6-2, 6-1 and 6-0.
Valencia’s doubles nearly took home every game as both No. 1 and No. 2 squads swept their matches.
Viking’s No. 3 doubles team of Pavani Katakam and Nitya Kotha nearly took home three wins on the day but lost a marathon set to the Wildcats’ No. 2 doubles team. Katakam and Kotha finished their day with scores of 6-3, 5-7 and 6-3.
Valencia’s No. 1 doubles team, Melissa Arakelyan and Alexis Kuncar, swept their matches with final scores of 6-1, 6-2 and 6-0. The No. 2 doubles pair of Tiffany Recalde and Cami Schoenwetter also took home three wins with scores of 6-0, 6-1 and 6-3.
“All the doubles teams played well in this match,” said Valencia head coach Darrell Peries. “I think we’ve found the right chemistry with the partnerships. It was nice to see them communicating and strategizing with each other in between points. A couple of them were down in their sets in the third round but were able to come back and win.”
Peries has a loaded squad with a ton of non-seniors. The team will have just a few more Foothill League matchups before heading to league preliminaries in a few weeks.
In the meantime, Peries will hope to keep pushing his team further, aiming for a nice run in CIF.
“I’d like to see the players improving on a daily basis and competing hard in every match we play.”
The Vikings will be back on the court Tuesday when the team hosts Canyon at 3 p.m.