LA CRESCENTA — While the end result of Crescenta Valley High's 10-8 loss to Arcadia in Tuesday afternoon's Pacific League girls' tennis match was a bit closer than the teams' prior meeting, it was the rivals' play in the early going that ultimately decided the outcome.
"We lost a couple of key sets in the first round, getting those first ones is big for momentum," said Falcons Coach Sarah Wiggins, whose team lost to Arcadia, 11-7, in the first meeting and was swept in the season series, essentially forgoing any aspirations for a league title bid. "This was a disappointing loss."
With both Arcadia (12-0, 7-0), the reigning league champion and fourth-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division II, and Crescenta Valley (8-2, 6-2) having defeated the rest of their league foes by lofty margins, it's a safe bet that the Apaches are in line to repeat. Hence the added disappointment for a Falcons squad that was hoping to force a tie for first place, but got off to a subpar start and paid for it.