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Prep tennis: G.V. shows off its depth

Grizzlies hope to make a better show in league play

Posted: March 8, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 8, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Golden Valley boys tennis lost its top singles player from a year ago, but a talented youngster appears ready to take his place.

Meanwhile, a group of talented players appear ready to give Golden Valley the depth needed to compete in the Foothill League.

The Grizzlies defeated Quartz Hill 10-8 on Wednesday at Golden Valley High School, winning six doubles matches and four singles matches.

That kind of balance will be important as Golden Valley (2-2) prepares for the deep lineups it will face in league.

“We’re getting ready,” said senior Caleb Kim. “It’s a good heads-up for what league will be like.”

The loss of Myles Moore, who was a Foothill League semifinalist a year ago, has led to Golden Valley reshuffling its singles lineup.

Kim played No. 2 singles for the Grizzlies after playing doubles last season, and he won two sets against Quartz Hill 7-5 and 6-2.

Meanwhile, Golden Valley’s No. 1 player, freshman Brandon Yu, also won two sets 6-2 and 6-1. Moreover, he pushed Quartz Hill No. 1 David Paravato to the edge and fell on a 7-5 tiebreaker.

“Brandon’s got nothing but potential,” said Golden Valley head coach and Josh Stimac. “As a ninth-grader, he has some of the nicest strokes on the team.”

In doubles, the Grizzlies’ top team of Brandon Sen and Brian Park only dropped four games all afternoon while sweeping 6-2, 6-1 and 6-1.

“They’re playing tough, tough doubles,” Stimac said. “Hopefully they can make a stand in league.”

Park played singles a season ago but has moved over to doubles. That’s where Quartz Hill head coach Kristine Parsons really wanted to test the Rebels (1-1-1) as they prepare to battle rival Lancaster for the Golden League title.

“It was important to see how our chemistry works in doubles,” Parsons said. “We’ve got to work on some of the mental game.”

Golden Valley’s No. 2 singles team of Chris Allas and Yash Shah won two sets 6-4 and 6-4, while the No. 3 team of Peter Song and Brandon Biederman also won a set 6-4.

That was the last set of the day, and it gave Golden Valley the victory. But the Grizzlies were feeling good about their chances to win a 9-9 tie because they won a lot of games even in losses, such as No. 3 singles player Kang Lee’s 7-6 loss to Quartz Hill No. 3 Arthur Sprunger.

“It feels good to know that every bit counts,” Kim said. “Although we’re all individuals, you have to add them all up at the end.”

Golden Valley will host Village Christian on Thursday.


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