Quartz Hill tennis enjoying ride to semis

first_imgQUARTZ HILL – It was unclear to members of the Quartz Hill High girls’ tennis team why, after piling up a lot of victories, they kept falling in the Southern Section Div. IV rankings and dropped to 10th in the final poll. It’s the Rebels who are having the last laugh. As a result of Tuesday’s 11-7 quarterfinal victory over fourth-seeded Oak Park and a 10-8 triumph last Saturday over fifth-seeded Rio Mesa of Oxnard, Quartz Hill is in the semifinals for the first time since 1992. The Rebels play today at top-seeded Beverly Hills in a rematch of last season’s Div. IV quarterfinals. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I told the girls that I thought they deserved to be ranked higher than they were, and they proved me right,” Quartz Hill coach Bill Lenaway said. Quartz Hill’s only loss this season came against Valencia, which is ranked No. 2 in Div. III. “Hopefully, we’re proving a point, and we’ll be ranked higher next year,” said Ashley Litchfield, Quartz Hill’s No. 1 singles player, who is 9-0 in playoff sets and 63-0 overall. “We’ve actually done well in the playoffs the last few years. I really don’t know why we don’t get any respect.” Litchfield’s 6-3 showcase victory over Oak Park’s Jennifer Pan set the tone for Quartz Hill, which lost in the quarterfinals the three previous seasons. Litchfield is 52nd in the USTA Southern California 18-under rankings. Pan is 91st. “When there’s more pressure, there’s more motivation,” Litchfield said of the match against Pan. “I think I definitely play at a higher level when there’s more pressure.” So did Prapti Singh, Quartz Hill’s No. 2 singles player, who went 3-0 – highlighted by a 6-2 victory over Pan. Singh rallied from 3-0 deficits in her two other victories. “I think she showed a lot of courage and a lot of toughness,” Lenaway said. Said Litchfield: “She was awesome.” Strong doubles play also figured prominently for Quartz Hill, with Nos. 1 and 2 teams Renuka Rudra/Navolita Ikahifo and Raina Bhatt/Nisha Kurani each winning two of three sets. Carolyn Smith, Quartz Hill’s No. 3 singles player, defeated Oak Park’s No. 3 singles player in another key Rebels’ victory. “I don’t think it’s really hit us yet, but it’s really exciting to be the first (Quartz Hill) team in a while to go this far,” Litchfield said. Gideon Rubin, (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!last_img

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