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Foothill tennis: Recaptured crown

Ferlianto wins singles second title; Valencia pair wins doubles

Posted: May 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Canyon senior Jason Ferlianto returns a shot on Thursday during the Foothill League finals at the Paseo Club. Canyon senior Jason Ferlianto returns a shot on Thursday during the Foothill League finals at the Paseo Club.
Canyon senior Jason Ferlianto returns a shot on Thursday during the Foothill League finals at the Paseo Club.

Jason Ferlianto had plenty of reasons for wanting to win the Foothill League boys tennis singles championship.

Not only did the Canyon senior want redemption after losing in the finals a year ago, he also wanted to go into CIF Individual Tournament as the league's top representative.

For the second time in his career, top-seeded Ferlianto claimed the singles title, defeating West Ranch freshman Harrison Collins 6-2, 6-4 in Thursday's Foothill singles and doubles finals at the Paseo Club.

Last year, Ferlianto came in second after losing to Valencia's J.R. Macalutas in the championship.

"As much as I'd like to play J.R. again for the rematch, Harrison was a good opponent," Ferlianto said. "He gave me a good match."

Macalutas was busy playing in the No. 1 doubles spot, where he and teammate Anders Jansson took their own championship. The two seniors beat the fellow Valencia pairing of John Schmidt and Joey Fernicola 6-1, 6-2.

Both Macalutas and Jansson finished undefeated during the Foothill season. Macalutas went 22-0 in singles sets and Jansson went 30-0 with his usual partner Fernicola in doubles sets.

"We planned it forever to play together in doubles since it was our senior years," said Macalutas, who spent the entire regular season playing singles.

All four of the participants in the doubles final will represent Valencia at CIF Individuals later this month.

Earlier in the day in the semifinals, Schmidt and Fernicola, listed as the tournament's No. 3 seed, beat the No. 2-seeded West Ranch team of Baron Von Kessler and Evan Abbott to provide the day's only upset. It was also the closest score of the afternoon, with the Valencia winning 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

"It was pretty much our aggressiveness at the net," Schmidt said. "We just outplayed them up there."

Macalutas and Jansson beat West Ranch's Brandon Lee and Ryan Yoon 6-4, 6-1 in the other doubles semifinal. Von Kessler and Abbott took the third-place medal, beating Lee and Yoon 6-1, 6-3.

In the singles semifinals, Ferlianto dispatched No. 4 seed and Golden Valley senior Myles Moore 6-2, 6-2 while Collins took care of Valencia's Tayven Townsend 6-0, 6-0.

Townsend beat Moore 6-3, 6-2 in the third-place matchup.

Prior to the championship match, Collins had lost two sets in head-to-head contests with Ferlianto during regular season league play, but said the Canyon senior brought his game to a whole new level.

"The only way I could have beat him is if I broke his serve, and that's next to impossible with Jason," Collins said.

At one point in the second set, Collins led 3-2, but Ferlianto's powerful, slicing serve was too much for the freshman to counter.

"I just had to stay consistent, play my game and keep doing what I know how to do," said Ferlianto, who will be Canyon's lone representative at CIFs.

Before that, the team finals will take place beginning next week.



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