By Alan der OHANNESSIAN
The Falcons seem to cherish playing under pressure as they defeated Burroughs on Thursday afternoon.
While the Indians looked hungry coming off an 11-7 win over Hoover High School, they proved no match for the Falcons.
The 16-2 win capped off a strenuous week with CV playing four series in four consecutive days, improving to 6-1 overall including 3-1 in the Pacific Division.
Head Coach Sarah Wiggins said they were in a “do-or-die situation,” making the wins that much sweeter.
The Falcons were relentless in their singles matches.
Emily Borkowski was almost perfect, losing only one game (6-0, 6-1 and 6-0). Karen Ataian, in the number two position, lost a total of five games (6-1, 6-2, 6-2).
CV’s number three player Jackie Dilanchyan lost to Burroughs’ Kathy Henry, 6-4.
In doubles, Wiggins pretty much kept the same line up expect for the number one spot, while subbing on some occasions. Amanda Lockwood and Sydney Farzadkish cleared the top spot for Victoriya Shumakova and Amanda De Leon, with Lockwood and Farzadkish taking the number three position.
Shumakova returned from a recent illness, teaming up with De Leon for a perfect record. The team showed mental toughness as they won their second round match in a tie-breaker, 7-6. They fought hard in the third, turning around a 4-0 deficit to win the match 6-4.
When the series looked baked into the cake, Wiggins subbed her number two team – Christine Garapetian and Sarah Oh – for Sarah Oh and Selyn Auvazaian. However, the posted the only loss in the doubles, losing to Alicia Singhnate and Aileen Canania 6-4.
Coach Wiggins said, the key to winning a series is the doubles, as it takes a long time to know which line up works. Therefore, she’s happy that the current lineup was showing success in such a short time.
Despite the loss, Coach Roy Bernhardt could still find humor in it
“We’ll send them the JV team,” he said with a smile.
Overall, Coach Wiggins was happy that her team didn’t lose the momentum despite weak competition.
The Falcons will rest before visiting Burbank on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. for their only match.