From the time the CIF Southern Section Division III girls’ tennis
pairings were released, Burbank High Coach Paul McNiff has been
pleased with his team’s draw.
He was also happy with the prospect of winning a few matches in
The Bulldogs pulled off an impressive win Saturday, defeating
previously unbeaten Lake Arrowhead Rim of the World, 12-6, at the
Burbank Tennis Center.
The Scots (17-1) didn’t practice for three weeks because of the
wildfires in October.
McNiff said he noticed before the match his team would have an
advantage over the Mojave River League champion.
“They took a long warmup and they were running drills,” McNiff
said. “We definitely got a favorable draw.”
Burbank’s singles players, freshman Marianna Khachatryan and
juniors Lucy Youchkovets and Natalie Rafaelian, were dominant,
winning eight of nine sets.
For the second consecutive playoff match, Khachatryan didn’t lose
a game, 6-0, 6-0, 6-0, and Youchkovets won, 6-1, 6-1, 6-0. No. 3
player Natalie Rafaelian went, 6-2, 6-0, 6-1.
While Burbank dominated in singles, the Bulldogs struggled in
doubles. The No. 1 team of Kristine Patatanyan and Vera Affi went,
3-6, 4-6, 6-1, the No. 2 team of Summer Zapata and Diane Grair went,
3-6, 1-6, 6-2, and Christine Zapata and Sizhe Liu went, 0-6, 6-3,