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Crescenta Valley girls' tennis falls in league against champion Arcadia

LA CRESCENTA — With a bump up to Division I in girls’ tennis, Crescenta Valley High looked to gauge itself against visiting Arcadia in a Pacific League rematch Tuesday afternoon.

The Apaches, ranked No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division !, would be a test for the Falcons if they hope to venture deep in the playoffs.

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This time, Crescenta Valley claimed two doubles sets, but Arcadia’s singles swept to help the Apaches defeat the Falcons, 16-2, at Crescenta Valley.

“Every time we play a team like Arcadia, we have to be humble and we have to learn a lot of things from them,” Crescenta Valley coach Sam Hyun said. “… We’re learning a lot here, but as a Division I team, we’re trying hard for the playoffs, so it’s a good experience.”

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The loss snapped a six-match win streak in league for Crescenta Valley, which started after the Falcons’ first match against the undefeated Apaches, an 18-0 sweep. Crescenta Valley finishes second in league.

Despite the loss, it was a proper test for the Falcons (13-6, 9-2 in league).

“We’re glad we’re in Division I,” said Hyun, whose team advanced to the Division III title match in 2017. “We’re going to try to pass the first round, one match at a time and do our best to see what happens.”

The Falcons No. 3 doubles team in Shyla Summers and Elena Markova won the first set of the day with a 6-4 win over Arcadia’s No. 3 team of Christina Yao and Michelle Dong.

The Crescenta Valley No. 1 doubles duo of Anjana Saravanan and Polin Crete also defeated Arcadia’s No. 3 team, 6-4.

“We knew that we had to give it our best to be able to have a chance against Arcadia,” Crete said. “Usually we lose, 18-0, to them, but this time we went in the match and thought we have nothing to lose, so just try your best and see what happens.”

The No. 1 doubles nearly won their last set against Arcadia’s No. 2 squad and led, 5-4, before the Apaches rallied to win, 7-5.

“Today, we weren’t playing super great,” Saravanan said. “But we tried to think on our feet a little bit. We switched positions a little and tried to push things up by running to the net, because we know that if we’re having an off-day, we can’t let that determine how we do.”

With an injury to his usual No. 1 singles player, Melissa Muradoglu, Hyun brought up Teleya Blunt from junior varsity to fill the No. 3 spot. Blunt came close to claiming a set from her No. 3 spot, but lost, 7-6 (7-4).

Crescenta Valley wraps up league play against Glendale on Thursday. Then it’s on to the Pacific League individuals preliminary tournament next week at Burroughs High before the playoffs begin.

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