Crescenta Valley girls' tennis team bounces Glendale

LA CRESCENTA — After a close first match between the Crescenta Valley High and Glendale girls' tennis teams earlier in the season, the Falcons and Nitros entered Tuesday's rematch expecting a similar fate.

Crescenta Valley and Glendale came into the latest match tied for third place in the Pacific League with an opportunity to create some separation from one another.

Crescenta Valley saw its doubles teams answer the bell, as the host Falcons won all nine tandem sets to pick up a 13-5 victory.

"It's always tense in the beginning of a match, so we had to make sure we became relaxed," said Crescenta Valley Coach Sam Hyun, whose team improved to 6-4, 5-3 in league. "We knew coming in that doubles would be the key in a big match.

"We think we have our doubles lineup figured out now and they all went out there and played well."

Crescenta Valley earned a 10-8 victory against Glendale on Sept. 13 at Glendale in a match that wasn't decided until the final set.

There wasn't nearly as much suspense Tuesday. The Falcons held a 5-1 lead after the first round and turned back the Nitros (4-6, 4-4).

Crescenta Valley's No. 1 doubles team of Alexa Gregorian and Jackie Dilanchyan set the tone Tuesday by sweeping their three sets without losing a game.

"We were nervous going in after the first time we played [Glendale]," Gregorian said. "That was a real close match.

"It was really big to get this win."

The Falcons also got a sweep at No. 2 doubles from Ashley An and Angela Seo (6-4, 6-2, 6-0). They also received two wins in doubles from Annie Park and Katie Maskal (6-3, 6-3) and one victory from Alexia Voskani and Melanie Voskanian (6-4).

In singles, Crescenta Valley got two wins from Selin Ayvazian (7-6(7-4), 6-2) and one apiece from Jennifer Kim (6-0) and Elizabeth Lim (6-1).

Glendale received a quality effort from No. 2 singles player Rouzana Hakobyan, who swept her three sets (6-0, 6-0, 6-3).

"She played very well after beginning the season in doubles," Glendale Coach Bob Davidson said. "CV played really well and we played poorly.

"We just didn't meet the challenge. We got behind and we folded up the tent."

The Nitros got singles victories from Veronika Galstyan (6-1) and Kellie Gong (6-0).

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