But being in first place is not something the Falcons will be taking for granted.
“We like the spot we are in, now we have to stay there,” Crescenta Valley Coach Tom Gossard said.
Matches like Thursday will go a long way in helping them stay at the top.
The Falcons’ win was an all-around effort as they captured six singles sets while winning five during doubles play.
For Davidson, who knew coming in that his singles players would have to be at the top of their games, it was a less-than-stellar result in that area.
“Whatever the score is, I think they basically dominated us today, especially in singles,” he said. “They manhandled us in singles and that was very disappointing to me.”
The Crescenta Valley freshmen attack of Erin LeVoir and Sarah Ali proved to be too much to handle. LeVoir swept 6-0, 6-1, 6-1, while Ali won her two sets 6-0, 6-1.
“Our singles stepped up today,” Gossard said.
Glendale’s lone bright spot in singles was No. 3 player Alina Sookasian who won 6-1, 7-5. Sevana Zargarian captured one set, 7-5.
However, things got a little better for the Nitros in doubles action.
The two-headed attack of Joyce Librando and Samantha Sismundo continued their recent hot play, sweeping 6-4, 7-5, 7-6 to lead the way.
“It was a great day for them,” Davidson said.
Added Gossard: “They were head and shoulders the best doubles team on the court.”
The Falcons, who were up 8-2 after 10 sets, got fine efforts from their No. 2 and 3 doubles teams.
Stephanie Chung and Ani Ebrahimian teamed to win 6-1, 6-1 while Anna Kim and Tiffany Man notched victories of 7-5, 6-0.
Crescenta Valley (5-1, 3-0) previously got the better of Arcadia, which was unbeaten in league a season ago and hadn’t lost in 33-straight league matches, 11-5 at home on Sept. 13.
Now the victory against Glendale (4-2, 3-1) gives the squad a half-game advantage in the early league standings.
“We beat the best team we’ve played all year,” said Gossard of the Nitros. “We started fast, we hung in there and the girls should be very proud of themselves.”
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