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Sports Rundup: Glendale girls’ tennis starts off playoffs on winning note

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Glendale 10, Cypress 8: A season after winning the CIF Southern Section Division IV championship, Glendale was moved to Division II after the CIF Southern Section office realigned all five divisions.

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The move didn’t seem to bother Glendale, which posted a first-round road win Wednesday at Seal Beach Tennis Center.

Glendale won eight sets in singles, getting sweeps from Celine Khachiki, 6-0, 6-0, 6-2, and Kristen Lee, 6-0, 6-2, 6-4. Farak Eskender won two sets, 6-1, 6-2, for Glendale (12-6).

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The Nitros, who tied for third in the Pacific League with Burbank, received two victories in doubles from Momo Gomez and Nicole Avakian, 6-3, 6-4.

“They fought and played a great match,” Glendale coach Tom Gossard said. “It’s a big win and we defeated the first-place team [from the Empire League]. We fought for every point and we had six players competing in their first playoff match.”

Glendale will meet Great Oak or Riverside Poly in a second-round match Friday.

Marlborough 13, Crescenta Valley 5: Visiting Crescenta Valley fell Wednesday in a CIF Southern Section Division I match a season after advancing to the Division III championship contest.

The Falcons went 14-9 after taking second in the Pacific League.

Crescenta Valley got victories in singles from Melissa Rosa Muradoglu, 6-0, 6-2, and Victoria Borkowski, 6-2. They it received doubles wins from Polin Crete and Anjana Saravanan, 6-0, and Shanta Kumarasuriar and Zhanna Galstyan, 6-2.

“We just played a good team,” Crescenta Valley coach Sam Hyun said. “We fought hard in both singles and doubles. We will work hard to pass the first round next year.”

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