Valencia duo has a perfect ending

first_img “It’s a privilege (to be on this team) and to play (with Kristin),” Palmera said. “We worked hard and we deserved everything we got.” In a year when three Valencia teams reached division finals, the appearance by the girls’ tennis team was perhaps the greatest accomplishment, with Anderson and Palmera at the forefront of the history-making season by winning 13 of 15 sets in the playoffs. “(Kristin and Monique) were one of the main reasons we did so well,” Cassie Strange said. “Without them, we would’ve never made it as far in the playoffs.” Following their last set against Brentwood in the championship match, Anderson and Palmera engaged in a long embrace, knowing it would be the last time they graced the court together. Although Anderson’s appearance at the Claremont Club was her last as a competitive tennis player, Palmera still has a year left to create new memories with a new partner. Both players know it’ll be hard to top what they acheieved this season. “I take a lot of satisfaction in what we accomplished,” Anderson said. “I don’t think my disappointment had anything to do with us losing (in the final). It was more about knowing that was the last time I would play, especially with Monique.” Erik Boal, (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! Many high school tennis players make a name for themselves by being fixtures on the United States Tennis Association junior tournament circuit. Valencia High had the luxury of boasting two such individuals in their lineup for the past three years in twin sisters Alexa and Cassie Strange. Others reach an elite level by developing skills on their school’s courts, devoting hours to training and practicing with their teammates with the hopes of becoming a champion. For Kristin Anderson and Monique Palmera, their hard work translated into one of the best seasons by a tandem in Foothill League history, securing their status as All-Area first-team selections and the top doubles team in the Santa Clarita Valley. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “I think (our results) are going to be really influential, especially for our JV players who are coming up through the program,” said Anderson, a senior and three-year varsity player. “We were able to accomplish something really special and I hope it keeps going on that way.” Anderson and Palmera, a junior, accumulated more set victories than any singles athlete or doubles team in the area, winning 78 out of 86, including a 38-0 record against league opponents. They capped their perfect run through league with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over teammates Carissa Eisler and Alessandra Horii in the final, and became one of only four area teams to reach at least the third round of the Southern Section doubles tournament. Not bad for two individuals who stood on opposite sides of the net at last year’s league tournament taking their best shots at one another in the third-place doubles match. Anderson and Palmera complemented a consistent baseline attack with one of the area’s top net games, helping Valencia to a program-best 21-3 record and the school’s first trip to the Div. III final, in which the Vikings lost 10-8. last_img read more