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Foothill tennis roundup: Valencia, West Ranch, Hart all winners

Posted: March 27, 2014 10:28 p.m.
Updated: March 27, 2014 10:28 p.m.
Valencia tennis player Vinay Sharma serves on Thursday at Valencia High. Valencia tennis player Vinay Sharma serves on Thursday at Valencia High.
Valencia tennis player Vinay Sharma serves on Thursday at Valencia High.

The Valencia Vikings boys tennis team has sliced through a hot knife through butter thus far in Foothill League play.

Now we’ll see how they do against the meat,

Valencia defeated the Canyon Cowboys 18-0 on Thursday at Valencia High School, losing just 12 games in the match.

The Vikings’ biggest obstacles now lie in wait as they play 2-1 in league Hart on Tuesday and the biggest challenge of them all, a talented 3-0 West Ranch on Thursday.

“We haven’t played Hart or West Ranch, and I think they’re both going to be really good — especially West Ranch,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg.

Valencia (9-1 overall, 3-0 Foothill League) has now won 74 straight Foothill League matches, and Kellogg has said all season that West Ranch is the team most likely to end that streak because of its depth and talent.

Valencia has shown its own depth and talent this season, though,

The Vikings have now outscored three league opponents 52-2 in sets.

Chad LeDuff was perfect on the day, winning his three sets 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.

Valencia’s doubles team of Sam rebele and Nick Joyce lost just one game, as did Ravi Jayanthi and Nabor Cabanillas.

Canyon’s Mina Grace got three games off Valencia’s Joey Fernicola in their match.

Canyon is now 0-3 in league play.

Hart 13, Golden Valley 5
The Hart Indians defeated the Golden Valley Grizzlies 13-5 at Hart High in the day’s most marquee matchup.  

Hart’s No. 1 doubles team of Luke Distad and Michael Lange won 6-1, 6-0, 6-1.  

Hart’s No. 2 team of Sam Delgado and Zach Killian also swept with scores of 6-1, 6-1, 6-3.

In singles, Elliot Miller won two sets, while Stephen Boch and Cole Berlioz also won two for Hart (7-6, 2-1).  

Brandon Yu played well for Golden Valley (1-2 Foothill) winning all three sets.

Hart head coach Chris Mansfield said it was a little premature to talk about how this match could affect playoff positioning down the road. However, these two teams are seen as the duo who will fight for the third and final guaranteed CIF-Southern Section playoff spot.

“It was an important win,” Mansfield said. “Golden Valley was much improved and Brandon Yu was very good today, but we were able to beat the two’s and three’s in singles. My No. 1 and 2 doubles teams played their best matches of the year and set the tone for the match.”

West Ranch 17, Saugus 1
The West Ranch Wildcats continues their hot run with a 17-1 win over the Saugus Centurions (0-3 Foothill) on Thursday at Saugus High.

Harrison Collins swept for West Ranch (3-0 Foothill) in singles. Noah Marrow and Kevin Lin picked up two set wins apiece.

Golden Valley is next for the Wildcats on Tuesday, then the big match with Valencia.

“We’re looking forward to it,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker. “The great thing is there are a lot of friendships and friendships that are rivalries on both teams.”


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