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On the Beat Tennis: Final stretch of the season

Posted: May 28, 2014 10:09 p.m.
Updated: May 28, 2014 10:09 p.m.

After a nearly two week break, it’s finally time for the home stretch to this year’s boys tennis season.

Today kicks off the CIF-Southern Section Individual Sectionals and six players, three from West Ranch and three from Valencia, are hoping to make a deep run.

Singles players Chad LeDuff from Valencia and Harrison Collins from West Ranch will be starting their day at Cate School in Carpinteria at 8 a.m.

Foothill League doubles champs Chris Gaw and Noah Morrow of West Ranch are scheduled to check in at Carpinteria High School at 8:30 a.m.

Gaw and Morrow called in all the help they could find in preparation for the tournament, including Golden Valley’s Brandon Yu.

The Grizzlies’ standout junior Yu partnered with West Ranch’s Quincy Walter-Eze to give Morrow and Gaw a different look. And seeing as many possible styles and pairings of players is extremely helpful because no team or individual knows who they will be facing until they get there as draw sheets will be posted at each sectional site,

Valencia’s doubles team of Sam Rebele and Ravi Jayanthi will check in at Carpinteria High 9:30 a.m.

Collins’ new school: At the start of this season, I reported that West Ranch’s Harrison Collins planned on attending South Puget Sound Community College in Washington after his high school career ended. While he still has a little time left as a Wildcat, Collins has called an audible and decided to attend Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore.

Collins made it very clear he enjoyed the wilderness in Washington, where his mother has a ranch, so Portland isn’t much different from his original plan.

One thing that won’t change, however, is his passion for tennis. Collins will pick up a racquet wherever he lands.

Hart duo lives on: Hart’s girls tennis doubles tandem of Lauren Dam and Bailey Sindle, who helped lead the Indians to the CIF-Southern California Regional Championship, will continue to play together at San Diego Christian College.

The two accepted athletic scholarships to help the Hawks in the program’s inaugural season.

SDCC added both men’s and women’s tennis to their athletic department for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The Hawks compete in the Golden State Athletic Conference and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.


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