Crescenta Valley (16-1) didn’t face Pasadena Poly (7-8) — which finished third in the Prep League — during the regular season.
“I don’t know anything about Pasadena Poly,” Crescenta Valley Coach Tom Gossard said. “All I know is that there are a lot of teams that are even in the division and every team can virtually beat everybody.
“We are going to have to put our team out there with the nine best players that we have. We’ve now got the draw that we have.”
It’s not clear if the Falcons will have sophomore singles player Sarah Ali, the reigning All-Area Singles Player of the Year, available for the Pasadena Poly match. Gossard said she’s been suffering from shin splints.
The Falcons will have a deep squad ready, including sophomore Erin LeVoir and three competitive doubles teams. LeVoir won her first league individual championship Wednesday.
The Crescenta Valley-Pasadena Poly winner would then take on Dos Pueblos or Esperanza in a second-round match Saturday.
The Nitros will take on Marymount, which won the Sunshine League championship. Glendale (9-7) and Marymount (13-7) did not meet in the regular season.
“I feel good about the matchup,” Glendale Coach Bob Davidson said. “I like to think we have a fighting chance.
“The bad thing is that it’s hard for me to know how to play my lineup because I don’t know much about Marymount.”
Glendale will have several players entering the postseason on a high note.
The doubles team of Sevana Zargarian and Samantha Sismundo are fresh off winning the league’s doubles championship for the first time. Zargarian and Sismundo toppled teammates Adrine Babakhanyan and Anaeis Gevorkian to claim the title.
The Glendale-Marymount winner will meet Chadwick or Great Oak in a second-round contest.
The championship match will begin at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 24 at Claremont Tennis Center.
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