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Burbank's Vardanyan on to round of 32 in CIF tennis

Girls' tennis: Bulldogs singles player moves on, while doubles team stopped in second round of tournament.

November 25, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
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A singles player and a doubles girls' tennis team from Burbank High both received byes for the first round of their respective matches Monday in the CIF Southern Section Individuals Tournament.

While one was a scheduled bye, the other was unexpected.

While junior Lilit Vardanyan garnered a top seeding for the competition at Carpinteria High, earning her a bye, the senior doubles duo of Elizabeth Sanchez and Meredy Gharabegi received a walk-over in their opening match when their opponent failed to show up in the event at Cate High in Carpinteria.

After drawing a bye, Vardanyan faced Cameron Patterson of Marlborough in the second round. The Bulldog had little problem dispatching the No. 1 player from the Sunshine League, earning a 6-1, 6-1 victory.

In the third round, things got a little tougher for Vardanyan, as she faced local Kelsie Bryant of Carpinteria, the No. 1 player from the Frontier League. But Vardanyan, the Pacific League champion, was able to prevail with a 6-3, 7-5 victory.

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"The player I was playing against was tough, and you could see she had played a lot of tennis," said Vardanyan, who moves on to the round of 32. "But I just tied to use different shots, drop shots and angles to win points. Also, my serve was working and I was able to get points off of that.

"It's just exciting to be playing and to be able to move on."

Despite the free pass to the second round, the wait might have affected Sanchez and Gharabegi, who fell in the second round.

Sanchez and Gharabegi, the runner-up from the Pacific League, showed up for the competition and waited for their opponents, Makayla Byerly and Karina Wang of Camarillo, the No. 1 team from the Pacific View League. But their opponent never showed.

"I think that hurt our doubles team because they had to sit around and wait for the second round and they didn't get any playing time in the first round." Burbank Coach Loi Phan said "You could see they were rusty in the opening set of the second round."

Facing Remy Balmain and Tina Inchalik of Valencia, the No. 1 tandem from the Foothill League, Sanchez and Gharabegi quickly fell into a 3-0 deficit. However, the Bulldogs pair battled back and began to play well, taking the first set, 6-4.

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