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Crescenta Valley girls' tennis looking to rule Pacific

Tennis: Falcons return experienced No. 1 singles and doubles players after reaching the postseason last season.

September 05, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High's tennis team, in brand new uniforms, slap hands at the beginning tennis practice on campus right before the Falcons kicked off the season. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Crescenta Valley High's tennis team, in brand new…

Heading into the 2013 season, it appears as though the members of the Crescenta Valley High girls’ tennis team have put themselves in position to again contend for the Pacific League championship.

The Falcons return a large portion of their squad that finished third in league and advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs.

However, there’s a question mark in the singles rotation that Crescenta Valley second-year Coach Sam Hyun would like to address sooner than later.

“We seem to be a bit more experienced than we were last year,” Hyun said. “We are set in a lot of areas, but we still need to figure out what we are going to do at No. 3 singles.”

While it’s likely to remain a concern of Hyun, at least until the first serve and volley of the season, he can take comfort knowing the Falcons likely will be a quality matchup against most teams.

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The Falcons bring back senior No. 1 singles player Alexa Gregorian and Jackie Dilanchyan, who played at No. 1 doubles and earned All-Area accolades last season. Crescenta Valley will rely on Gregorian and Dilanchyan, both seniors, to provide leadership and rack up points.

“It will start with both of them,” Hyun said. “They know how to lead the way.”

Gregorian and Dilanchyan should receive plenty of support. Dilanchyan, who advanced to the league doubles semifinals last season, will probably be paired with senior Selin Ayvazian. Crescenta Valley’s other doubles teams will consist of senior Kyung Hei Seo with sophomore Ashley An and junior Annie Park with sophomore Alyssa Kim. The Falcons will also have senior Natalie Davidian in singles.

“Burbank and Arcadia will be tough,” Hyun said. “It going to come down to doubles for us to do well.”

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy enters the season fresh off a playoff appearance after taking third in the Mission League. The Tologs took part in a postseason for the first time since 2002 under coach Ron Zambrano.

Zambrano would like to see the Tologs avoid another 10-year playoff drought and a strong nucleus of returning talent might have the Tologs in line for a return trip to the postseason.

“We come into the season excited,” Zambrano said. “We have a lot of experience for the first time in a while, so we should be OK.

“It will be interesting to see how we do. Our players have been hitting the ball better of late at practice.”

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