Hart’s work finally paying off

first_img The Vikings (4-0 Foothill) reached the Southern Section Div. III semifinals last year and are anticipating another deep playoff run. They’re ranked No. 3 in the most recent Div. III poll and have lost just three sets in league matches. Replacing Strange in Valencia’s lineup is freshman Isabella Fraczek. No. 3 player Michelle Stock moves up to the No. 2 spot behind Cassie Strange, Alexa’s twin sister. “(Fraczek is) a nice little singles player, and this will be a good experience for her,” Kellogg said. Recruiting trip: The Strange sisters will visit Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs (Colo.) this weekend. They’ve already visited two other Division I schools, Marist College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) and West Point. The Strange sisters would be the first Valencia players to play at a Division I program. “It’s just been great having them,” Kellogg said. “They’ve inspired the other kids to bring their games up.” Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I’m really pleased with how well they’ve improved this year,” Love said. “Their games are very similar. They play a good aggressive game.” Other contributors include Stephanie Waung and Julie Humphries, winners of four of their past six doubles sets, and singles players Karla Melgoza, Kelli Crescenti and Irene Chen. Melgoza, a junior, has emerged as the No. 1 among the evenly matched trio. “It keeps changing from week to week,” Love said, “but Karla’s on a roll right now.” Injury: Valencia senior standout Alexa Strange suffered an ankle injury in a USTA tournament last weekend and is expected to be sidelined for at least two or three weeks, Vikings coach Annie Kellogg said. “We’re hoping she’ll be back in time for the playoffs,” Kellogg said. NEWHALL – They struggled against a tough nonleague schedule and had difficulty finding their footing at the start of Foothill League play. But Hart High’ girls’ tennis team is back on track after back-to-back league victories. After 11-7 triumphs Oct. 3 over Saugus and Oct. 6 over Burroughs of Burbank, the Indians (2-6 overall, 2-2 Foothill) were in position to climb into third place at Tuesday’s league match against Canyon. “I’m really happy with how this team has stuck together,” Hart coach Steve Love said. “We got off to such a slow start, but the kids worked really hard, and the hard work is starting to pay off.” Among the positive developments has been the emergence of juniors Elizabeth and Isabella Tang, identical twins who have won five of their past six doubles sets and swept all three sets against Burroughs. last_img read more