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Locals on to semifinals

Girls' tennis: Burroughs' Henry and doubles team of Basco and Gharabegi of Burbank do well in league prelims.

November 01, 2011|By Charles Rich,
(Roger Wilson Staff…)

PASADENA — Girls' tennis singles players Emily Borkowski and Kathy Henry made quick work of their opponents during the first two rounds of the Pacific League Tournament on Monday afternoon. So fast that neither player lost a game despite battling warm temperatures.

Borkowski of Crescenta Valley High and Henry of Burroughs proved to be among the best singles players throughout the regular season and are now looking to further prove that throughout the two-day tournament.

"I've been playing well and I've stayed consistent," said Borkowski, the No. 2 seed who posted an 8-0 win against No. 15 Taylor White of Pasadena and 10th-seeded Gabrielle Markari of Burroughs at Pasadena High. "I don't want to be cocky, but I expect to play well and do that point by point."

Borkowski will meet teammate Karen Ataian, the No. 3 seed, in a semifinal match at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the same venue.


Henry, a first-year player and the No. 4 seed, registered 8-0 victories against 13th-seeded Gabrielle Schneid of Burbank and fifth-seeded Meg Mouradian of Hoover.

Henry, who previously competed on the school's girls' volleyball team, had little trouble dispatching her opponents.

"It just about being able to go out there and keep my focus," said Henry, who will take on top-seeded Francis Dean of Arcadia in the other semifinal match. "I got most of my first serves in and my backhand and forehand shots we both on.

"I had to go out there and take each point on its own. I expect another good match [Wednesday]."

Ataian opened with an 8-1 win against 14th-seeded Alicia Singhamate of Burroughs. She then notched an 8-0 victory against sixth-seeded Elizabeth Sanchez of Burbank.

A pair of area doubles teams advanced to Wednesday's semifinals, as Viktoriya Shumakova and Jackie Dilanchyan of Crescenta Valley and Ashley Basco and Meredy Gharabegi of Burbank made it through the first day of the tournament.

Shumakova and Dilanchyan, the No. 3 seed, began Monday with an 8-1 victory against 14th-seeded Diana Karapetyan and Kiso Adzhemyan of Hoover and then worked together to net an 8-1 win against sixth-seeded Christine Gao and Janice Kim of Arcadia.

Basco and Gharabegi, the second seed, began with an 8-1 victory against 15th-seeded Aileen Canaria and Chriza Timagos of Burroughs. They then earned an 8-4 victory against seventh-seeded Sydney Farzadkish and Sally Jo of Crescenta Valley.

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