Harutyunyan back in semis

GIRLS’ TENNIS: Burbank singles player is the lone local athlete to advance from Monday’s Pacific League prelims.

November 04, 2009|By Jeff Tully

PASADENA — Burbank High singles player Tatevik Harutyunyan looked like she was on her way to playing for Pacific League singles championship last season.

The Bulldog appeared to be in good shape after playing even with Erin LeVoir of Crescenta Valley through the first two sets of the 2008 semifinal. However Harutyunyan eventually lost the match in a super tie-breaker, 3-6, 7-6, (8-6), 10-7.

The junior will have another crack at a title, as she advanced to this season’s semifinals after playing well in Monday’s league preliminaries at Pasadena High.


The No. 4-seeded Harutyunyan defeated Annie Tung of Arcadia, 8-3, in a quarterfinal match to earn her second straight trip to the semifinals.

She will meet top-seeded Nadia Pacheco of Arcadia in a semifinal match at 1 p.m. today at Pasadena High.

“She played well, like she usually does in the first two rounds,” Burbank Coach Loi Phan said of Harutyunyan. “I think she’s got a legitimate shot at winning singles. She gets the No. 1 seed, who beat her twice. Hopefully, Tatevik can get over the hump on the second day.”

In a first-round match Monday, Harutyunyan defeated 13th-seeded Sarah Whang of Crescenta Valley, 8-0. She kept that momentum going into the second round, where she beat Tung.

Bulldogs who also had good first rounds were fifth-seeded Sun-Mo Koo, who defeated 12th-seeded Tatevik Hovhannisyan of Glendale, 8-0, and seventh-seeded Julie Kim, who defeated Zar Chavdarian of Hoover, 8-0. Unfortunately, both lost in the second round.

Also in the first round, 15th-seeded Jessica Park of Burroughs lost to second-seeded Francis Dean of Arcadia, 8-0, and teammate Stacey Frederick, the 11th seed, lost to Tung, 8-0

In the first round of doubles, fourth-seeded Alice Karaian and Ashley Basco of Burbank defeated 13th-seeded Nicole Astorian and Eugenia Bagdassarian of Glendale, 8-2. The Bulldogs’ duo fell in the second round to fifth-seeded Amy Qui and Nicole Gandasutisna of Arcadia, 8-2.

Kendall Capshaw and Jennifer Aproux, the 10th seed from Burroughs, also advanced to the second round by beating seventh-seeded Alice Kim and Tu Tram Nguyen of Arcadia, 8-3. The Indians’ pair fell in the second round to second-seeded Audri Pardo and Ani Ebrahimian of Crescenta Valley, 8-2.

Also in first-round doubles play, 12th-seeded Saniya Ibrahim and Emily Yun of Burbank lost to Qui and Gandasutisna, 8-5, and the eighth-seeded Bulldogs team of Ayesha Ibrahim and Allison Scallon lost to ninth-seeded Tenny Soleymani and Viktoriya Shumakova of Crescenta Valley, 8-4.

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