Quartz Hill to host tennis tournament

first_imgBut the most compelling consideration was giving area players a chance to get exposure they otherwise wouldn’t. “We don’t always get a lot of attention here, so anything we can do to get our kids some exposure helps,” Lenaway said. “A lot of people don’t even know we’re up here.” Litchfield, a fourth-year player who’s never lost a league match, is ranked No. 65 in Southern California in the USTA’s 18-and-under division. Quartz Hill (5-1, 1-0) is also led by singles standouts Carolyn Smith and Renuka Rudra. Lenaway said Rudra will likely compete in doubles. Other top local players include Highland doubles partners Alex Ruiz and Rachel Kubel and Lancaster doubles partners Linda Reickgenannt and Jesica Abraguin. Development minded: Lenaway said sophomore doubles standout Navolito Ikahihifo will likely play singles in the freshman/sophomore division. Ikahihifo and Rudra are defending league doubles champions. “One of the things we’re trying to do is grow kids for the future who eventually might be really good singles players,” Lenaway said. Also: Highland placed second at Saturday’s Hesperia tournament. Ruiz placed second in singles, and Stephanie Lemus and Kubel place third in doubles. Quartz Hill opened the defense of its 18th consecutive league championship with a 13-5 victory over Lancaster on Tuesday. Litchfield won all three of her matches, improving her all-time league record to 102-0. Lancaster’s Reickgenannt/Abraguin team won all three doubles matches. [email protected] (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe 11-team team individual tournament features six Golden League programs (Quartz Hill, Lancaster, Highland, Palmdale, Antelope Valley and Knight) and five out-of-area teams (Hart of Newhall, Alemany of Mission Hills, Moorpark, Burroughs of Ridgecrest and Serrano). The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and conclude about 4 p.m. at Quartz Hill High, 6040 W. Ave. L. Each team fields two singles players and two doubles teams on the varsity level, and two players in the singles-only freshman/sophomore division. Quartz Hill is the defending champion, and its senior standout Ashley Litchfield is the reigning singles champion. Lenaway said raising funds for his program, giving area players an opportunity to complete against top-level competition and building relationships with programs from outside the area factored into his decision to keep a local tournament going. QUARTZ HILL – It’s easy to completely ignore the Antelope Valley tennis scene. With Southern California’s coastal regions and the San Fernando Valley featuring some of the nation’s top high school programs, it’s no wonder many Southland teams have little interest in heading north on the Antelope Valley Freeway to play what’s perceived to be lesser talent. Quartz Hill High coach Bill Lenaway believes they might not know what they’re missing, and that consideration figured prominently in his decision to take over boys’ and girls’ tournaments Palmdale had hosted for more than 20 years. On Saturday, Quartz Hill plays host to the one-day girls’ tournament for a second consecutive year. last_img read more