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Burbank Girls Tennis Season Concludes In CIF Quarterfinals

By Rick Assad

When the Burbank High girls’ tennis team hosted Beckman in a CIF Southern Section Division II quarterfinal match on Monday, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say it was a modern day David versus Goliath.

Though David had his day against the bigger and stronger Goliath, the same couldn’t be said for the Bulldogs as the heavily-favored Patriots prevailed 15-3.

The good news is that at No. 1, sophomore Kristina Kirakosyan defeated Beckman’s No. 2, freshman Kensington Mann at 6-1 and also knocked off No. 3, sophomore Christelle Haj at 6-2. Kirakosyan lost to Beckman’s No. 1, senior Ashley Teng at 6-0.

The other Burbank point  was collected by the No. 2 doubles team of senior Krystal Hirahara and Emilie Siraki, who defeated the No. 3 tandem of junior Crystal Kim and junior Jenny Han at 6-1.

The Burbank High girls tennis squad lost to Beckman in the CIF quarterfinals. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

But Burbank’s No. 2 duo lost to Beckman’s No. 1, senior Emily Lu and junior Kayla Cruz at 2-6 and No. 2, junior Gnamitha Naganathahalli and freshman Isha Shah at 1-6.

This was an extremely successful season for the Bulldogs (11-5), who took third place in the Pacific League and advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2003.

The Patriots, who finished third in the extremely tough Pacific Coast League, now own an 18-5 overall record, with their only setbacks being a pair of losses in league to Corona Del Mar, the No. 1 seeded team in the Division I playoffs, two losses to University and one to Northwood.

In other singles action, No. 2 Alice Avedikian fell to Teng at 1-6, Mann at 2-6 and Haj at 0-6.

“We just looked at each team the same way. I don’t look like they’re better,” said  Avedikian, a senior. “I just treat them like any other opponent. They were good. They’re solid players, but I don’t feel like it was my best day today.”

At No. 3 singles for the Bulldogs, junior Johana Faraj lost to Teng at 0-6, Mann at 2-6 and Haj at 0-6.

In doubles action, Burbank’s No. 1 duo of sophomore Bella Lamahna and freshman Jinette Faraj were defeated 2-6, 1-6 and 4-6.

At No. 3, junior Daisy Kim and sophomore Natalie Khachikian, who subbed for sophomore Elza Vardanyan, who injured her shoulder during warmups, fell 0-6, 2-6 and 2-6.

Burbank Girls Tennis Team Reaches CIF Quarterfinals

By Rick Assad

To date, the Burbank High girls’ tennis team is having one of its finest seasons ever.

On Friday afternoon in a CIF Southern Section Division II second-round playoff match against visiting Riverside Poly, the Bulldogs came away with an impressive 12-6 victory.

On Monday, the Bulldogs, who placed third in the Pacific League, will now host Beckman, the No. 1 seeded team, in a quarterfinal match that begins at 2 p.m.

This is the first time that the Burbank girls’ tennis squad has advanced this far since 2003.

The Bulldogs (11-4) took every singles set including No. 1 Kristina Kirakosyan, who went 6-0, 6-2, 6-0 against Poly’s No. 1 player Kate Santoso, No. 2 Jasmine Dhalla and No. 3 Melanie Mateljan.

Kristina Kirakosyan, Burbank’s No. 1 singles player, won all three sets against Riverside Poly in a CIF Southern Section Division II second-round playoff match. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“After winning those I felt really relived, really good, said Kirakosyan, a sophomore of her productive afternoon. “I wasn’t worried about it if I lost it. I would just go forward.”

Burbank’s No. 2 singles, senior Alice Avedikian went 6-0, 6-4, 6-0 over those same girls while junior Johana Faraj, at No. 3, went 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 against that same trio.

In doubles action, Burbank’s No. 1 tandem of sophomore Elza Vardanyan and sophomore Bella Lamahna defeated No. 2 Tanner Rowland and Kyley Demshki at 6-4 and No. 3 Mallory Loeb and Myah Perera at 6-2, but lost to No. 1 Maxine Bernie and Torrey Mateljan at 1-6.

Burbank’s No. 2 doubles squad of freshman Jinette Faraj and senior Emilie Siraki defeated No. 3 at 6-2, but fell to No. 1 at 0-6 and No. 2 at 1-6.

At No. 3, the Burbank tandem of junior Daisy Kim and senior Krystal Hirahra were knocked off by No. 1 at 1-6, by No. 2 at 3-6 and No. 3 at 5-7.

Riverside Poly ended its season 14-5 and was first place in the Inland Valley League.

Burbank Girls Tennis Dominates Burroughs, 16-2

By Rick Assad

For the Burbank High girls’ tennis team, it still holds sway over city rival Burroughs.

On Thursday afternoon, the visiting Bulldogs took out the Indians 16-2 in a Pacific League match.

But despite the loss, Burroughs coach Roy Bernhardt said the experience will be useful.

“The positive spin will be that this is a good little warmup before we play Hoover and Glendale next week,” he said. “We have to beat Glendale next week to make it to the CIF playoffs. We need matches and that’s what we got.”

Burbank defeated Burroughs 16-2 in a Pacific League match. (Photo By: Edward Tovmassian)

Kristina Kirakosyan, a sophomore and Burbank’s No. 1 singles player, defeated the Indians’ No. 1, senior Jackie Samsell 6-0 and beat No. 2, sophomore Chloe Bookmyer 6-4.

Sophomore Natalie Khachikian substituted for Kirakosyan, but Burroughs No. 3, junior Sandy LeMay, came through with a 6-4 triumph.

Alice Avedikian, a senior and No. 2, beat Samsell 6-4, Bookmyer 6-1 and LeMay 6-1.

Johana Faraj, a junior, is Burbank’s No. 3 singles player and went 6-4 over Samsell, 6-2 against Bookmyer and 6-1 against LeMay.

Burroughs will use this match to prepare for Glendale and Hoover, according to Coach Roy Bernhardt. (Photo By: Edward Tovmassian)

In doubles action, Burbank’s No. 1 tandem of junior Daisy Kim and senior Krystal Hirahara, knocked off No. 1 senior Leah Diystypa and junior Savannah Doris 6-3.

They tamed No. 2 senior Emma Jones and senior Camryn Thompson 6-3 and went 6-2 versus No. 3 sophomore Alice Weber and junior Phuong Nguyen.

Burbank’s No. 2 team of sophomore Elza Vardanyan and sophomore Bella Lamahna, knocked off Diystypa/Doris 6-1, Jones/Thompson 6-4 and edged Weber/Nguyen 7-5.

At No. 3 for the Bulldogs (8-3), senior Emilie Siraki and freshman Jinette Faraj downed Jones/Thompson 6-1, Weber/Nguyen 6-2, while Diystypa/Doris emerged with a 7-5 decision over Siraki/Faraj.

Burbank Girls Tennis Lose In CIF Second Round, 10-8

By Rick Assad

 

On an unusually warm November afternoon, the Burbank High girls’ tennis season came to an end against visiting Riverside Poly 10-8 in the CIF Southern Section Division II second round on Friday.

But it didn’t come without a fight as the Bulldogs never quit and showed a great deal of determination.

Six of the eight points were collected in singles play with No. 1 Nicole Merrit and No. 2 Kristina Kirakosyan each sweeping their opponents.

“I’m so proud of every single player on this team,” said Merrit, a senior who plans on continuing her tennis career in college. “They gave everything they had in practice and in the matches. I’m going to miss this and all the girls.”

(Photo by © Brandon Buckley)

Burbank No. 1 singles Nicole Merrit swept her sets against Riverside Poly in CIF second-round action. Photo by © Brandon Buckley)

Merrit went on: “I’m just thankful for this year and the four years I was here. It’s something I’ll never forget.”

Merrit took out No. 1 senior Lily Mitchell 6-2, No. 2 senior Dyala Harb 6-3 and No. 3 senior Dani Baum 7-5.

Merrit was asked if the weather and bright sun were problems. “No, we’re used to this,” she said. “I’m fine. This doesn’t bother us.”

Kirakosyan, a freshman, prevailed in impressive fashion 6-1, 6-2 and 6-3 over those same opponents.

But Burbank’s No. 3 singles player, junior Alice Avedikian fell by the scores of 2-6, 5-7, 3-6.

Riverside Poly (21-1) is used to winning having advanced to the CIF championship round the last three campaigns before eventually losing.

In 2015 and 2014, the Bears fell in Division IV play while in 2013, Riverside Poly lost in Division V action.

The Bulldogs (14-3), who placed second in the Pacific League and took out Ayala in the opening round, garnered two points in doubles play.

The No. 1 Burbank tandem of sophomore Johana Faraj and freshman Elza Vardanyan won 6-1 over No. 2 junior Jasmine Dhalla and senior Laney Baum and 6-3 versus No. 3 freshman Tanner Rowland and senior Maddy Loeb.

The Burbank No. 1 duo lost 5-7 to No. 1 junior Maxelle Bernie and junior Torrey Mateljan.

Burbank’s No. 2 tandem of junior Krystal Hirahira and junior Emilie Siraki were defeated by Bernie/Mateljan 6-2, Dhalla/Baum 6-1 and Rowland and junior Kyley Demshki 6-3.

The Bulldogs’ No. 3 doubles tandem of senior Britni Friedman and freshman Bella Stevens lost 6-0 to Bernie/Mateljan and 6-0 to Dhalla/Baum.

Burbank Girls Tennis Sweeps Rival Burroughs

By Rick Assad

 

For Burbank High and Burroughs, the Pacific League girls’ tennis season is coming to a conclusion.

There are a few matches left beside Tuesday’s which the host Bulldogs captured 13-5 over the Indians.

(Photo by © Brandon Buckley)

Burbank’s No. 1 singles Nicole Merrit won all three sets against Burroughs. (Photo by © Brandon Buckley)

Burbank, which swept both meetings from Burroughs (5-7 and 4-6 in league), is hoping for second place in league in order to get a more favorable seeding for the upcoming CIF Southern Section playoffs.

The only team that has defeated Burbank is first-place Arcadia, which won 14-4.

The Bulldogs (12-1 and 9-1 in league) pay a visit to the Apaches on Oct. 18 and end the regular-season campaign at home versus Crescenta Valley two days later.

Senior Nicole Merrit, Burbank’s No. 1 singles, claimed her matches 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 and knocked off No. 1 freshman Chloe Bookmyer, No. 2 junior Angelea Hayes and No. 3 junior Ellie Masson.

“It’s been a great year,” said Merrit, who hopes to play college tennis. “We’ve worked very hard and I think it shows.”

(Photo by © Brandon Buckley)

Burroughs senior Tricia Valadez gave it a good effort versus the Bulldogs. (Photo by © Brandon Buckley)

Merrit also believes the team is playing well at the right time.

“I think we’re definitely rising,” she said. “It’s kind of sad to see it coming to an end because I’ve had so much fun.”

Merrit addressed the upcoming playoffs. “We have to look at it a little different because it’s single elimination, but I think we’re going to do well,” she noted.

At No. 2, freshman Kristina Kirakosyan prevailed 6-1 over Bookmyer and 6-0 over junior Ellie Masson, who knocked off Burbank freshman Shushan Papoyan, 6-4.

At No. 3, junior Alice Avedikian went 6-0, 6-0, 6-1 as she beat senior Tricia Valadez, Hayes and junior Jackie Samsell.

The Indians grabbed four of the nine doubles matches to make it somewhat close.

The Indians’ No. 1 doubles tandem of senior Jennifer Drechsler and sophomore Sandy LeMay defeated No. 1 sophomore Johana Faraj and freshman Elza Vardanyan 6-4.

Burroughs’ No. 2 duo of junior Anny Yoo and sophomore Savannah Dorris were 6-3 winners over Faraj/Vardanyan.

(Photo by © Brandon Buckley)

The action was intense for these city rivals. Valadez is shown here in singles play. (Photo by © Brandon Buckley)

Faraj/Vardanyan downed Burbank’s No. 3 tandem of junior Leah Prystupa and junior Yshbel Piedrasanta 6-0.

Burbank’s No. 2 junior Krystal Hirahara and junior Emilie Siraki beat Yoo/Dorris 6-0.

Drechsler/LeMay continued their strong play by beating Prystupa/Piedrasanta 6-3.

Senior Britni Friedman and freshman Bella Stevens defeated Prystupa/Piedrasanta 6-1, and junior Camryn Thompson and junior Emma Jones 6-1, but lost to Drechsler/LeMay 6-1.

Writer’s Note: In the first meeting between the two schools, Bookmyer played in one set, which she lost 6-4, and was replaced in the other two sets due to illness.

Burbank Girls’ Tennis Team Bounces Burroughs, 16-2

By Rick Assad

 

Up to this point, it’s been a joy ride for the Burbank High girls’ tennis team as it notched another win on Thursday.

This time crosstown rival and host Burroughs fell 16-2 in a Pacific League match as the Bulldogs claimed all nine points in singles play.

Burbank is 7-0 in all matches and 4-0 in league play. The Indians fell to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in league.

Burbank’s No. 1 singles player Nicole Merrit knocked off Burroughs’ No. 1, junior Jackie Samsell 6-0.

Merrit also won versus Burroughs No. 2 player, 6-0 and senior Tricia Valadez, 6-0, who subed for No. 3, junior Ellie Masson.

“I think we’re really playing well as a team,” said Merrit, a senior who has a 4.0 grade-point average and wants to continue playing tennis at a University of California campus. “I’m happy with the team effort.”

Merrit knows the season is long and doesn’t take any team for granted. “My approach and our approach is the same whether we’re playing a good team or a bad team.”

Burbank will host powerful and undefeated Arcadia Sept. 22. The Apaches won the CIF Southern Section Division II title last season and the league banner.

Valadez said despite the setback to the Bulldogs, everything is going to be fine.

“Even though we lost, it’s a learning experience,” she pointed out. “Burbank is a really good team. This will help us in the future.”

Burbank’s No. 2, freshman Kristina Kirakosyan downed Samsell 6-2, No. 2 Chloe Bookmyer 6-4 and Masson 6-0.

At No. 3, junior Alice Avedikian drilled Valadez 6-0, Masson 6-0 and took another 6-0.

In doubles play, Burbank’s No. 1 team of sophomore Johana Faraj and freshman Elza Vardanyan downed Burroughs’ No. 1 tandem of senior Jennifer Drechsler and sophomore Sandy LeMay 6-3.

Faraj/Vardanyan took out the No. 2 tandem of junior Leah Prystupa and junior Yshbel  Piedrasanta 6-1 and No. 3 junior Camryn Thompson and junior Emma Jones 6-1.

Meanwhile Burbank’s No. 2 squad of junior Krystal Hirahara and junior Emilie Siraki beat Prystupa/Piedrasanta 6-1 and Thompson/Jones 6-1. Hirahara along with sub Milena Rossi fell to Drechsler/LeMay 0-6.

“Everyone is really strong,” said Siraki, who also wants to continue playing tennis in college. “I think we’ve gotten better this year because we have new players. Kristina is new and Johana and Elza are really good. We’re a pretty deep team.”

The Bulldogs’ No. 3 tandem of freshman Bella Stevens and freshman Shushan Papoyan lost to Drechsler/LeMay 4-6, but then pushed aside Thompson/Jones 6-3.

Subbing for Stevens/Papoyan was senior Britni Friedman and junior Natalie Grogorian and they defeated Prystupa/Piedrasanta 6-3.