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Area group advances to Pacific League tennis semifinals

Tennis: Two singles players and doubles team from Burbank, one Hoover singles athlete and duo from Crescenta Valley advance in league tournament.

October 28, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
(Tim Berger / Staff…)

PASADENA — There are a few area girls' tennis players with experience, and some who will be making their first appearance, in the Pacific League Tournament semifinals.

The individuals were able to advance in league competition after fine showings Monday in the league preliminaries at Pasadena High.

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Two singles players and a doubles team from Burbank High, one Hoover singles athlete and a doubles squad from Crescenta Valley advanced to the semifinal round at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Pasadena High. The finals in singles and doubles will be contested following the semifinals.

"We have been pretty good at getting players to the semifinals the past few years," Burbank Coach Loi Phan said. "We're hoping this year to hopefully have some league champions."

A seasoned veteran of the league semifinals is Burbank senior Meredy Gharabegi, who will be making her fourth straight trip to the semifinals in doubles. The past two seasons, Gharabegi and teammate Ashley Basco — who graduated — advanced to the finals, losing both years.

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This season, with teammate Elizabeth Sanchez, Gharabegi hopes she can get over the hump and finally win a league title.

"I like our chances. We've been playing well together," said Gharabegi, who played singles the majority of the season and helped the Bulldogs win a share of the league team title. "Even though we didn't get a chance to practice a lot together, we make a pretty good team and we played together today. We are pretty comfortable right now."

Gharabegi and Sanchez, the No. 1 seed, defeated the No. 8 Arcadia team of Jenny Yang and Shelly Park, 8-2, in a second-round match Monday. In the first round, the Bulldogs duo easily took care of No. 16 Alene Tashjian and Taylor White of Pasadena, 8-0.

Two individuals who also have their share of experience in the league final four are Crescenta Valley's Jackie Dilanchyan and Alexa Gregorian. A year ago, Dilanchyan made it to the semifinals in doubles and Gregorian advanced as a singles player. The Falcons tandem, seeded No. 2, began the day with an 8-2 victory against No. 15 Mackenzie Emi and Leona Torosian of Burbank, 8-2, before dispatching of No. 10 Alison Limfat and Firdaus Jahangir of Arcadia, 8-5.

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