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Foothill league boys tennis teams play openers

Valencia dominates Saugus; Hart, Golden Valley also win

Posted: March 19, 2013 10:44 p.m.
Updated: March 19, 2013 10:44 p.m.
Valencia No. 3 singles player Nabor Cabanillas eyes a return against Saugus on Tuesday at Valencia High School. Valencia No. 3 singles player Nabor Cabanillas eyes a return against Saugus on Tuesday at Valencia High School.
Valencia No. 3 singles player Nabor Cabanillas eyes a return against Saugus on Tuesday at Valencia High School.

The Valencia Vikings picked up right where they left off last season, defeating the Saugus Centurions 15-3 in Tuesday’s Foothill League opener at Valencia High School.

The win extends Valencia’s winning streak to 62 consecutive Foothill League matches — a streak that dates back to April 26, 2006.

Joey Fernicola, after defeating Saugus’ Tristan Thierry in a close match at Saturday’s Spring Smash, easily dispatched the Saugus junior 6-1 on Tuesday.

Fernicola swept three sets 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 on the day.

“Joey just played really well today,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “It was a good day at the office for him; good day at the office for Joey Fernicola.”

The Vikings were simply dominant in doubles play, sweeping all nine sets and dropping just one game out of 54 on the day.

Valencia’s No. 1 team of Chris Pope and Cameron Braun swept 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 and No. 2 team of David Myers and Sam Rebele won two sets 6-0, 6-0.

Substitutes Adam Menashe and Ravi Jayanthi entered to win one set 6-0.

The No. 3 team of Joeph Hwang and Kevin Saginian won 6-0, 6-0, 6-1.

“Doubles, that was crazy,” Kellogg said. “Fifty-four games. We got 53, they got one.”

The Vikings usual No. 1 singles player, Chad LeDuff, was held out of the starting lineup due to illness, but entered after one set to win two 6-1, 6-1.

Valencia’s No. 2 singles player Brandon Miller won one set 6-2.

“It was a nice opener. It was a beautiful day and we had some nice matches,” Kellogg said.

Hart 10, West Ranch 8

The Hart Indians broke new ground during Tuesday’s league opener, defeating West Ranch for the first time in Foothill League history, 10-8, at Hart High School.

“It feels very good,” said Hart head coach Chris Mansfield. “It was a big win for us. It was very close. West Ranch has a very good team and the kids eked it out.”

Elliot Miller led the Indians’ singles effort, sweeping all three of his sets. Brandon Dam won two sets, losing only to West Ranch’s No. 1 singles player Chris Gaw, 7-5.
Freshman Stephen Bach won an important set to finish out the singles scoring.

The match turned on a doubles win by Hart’s team of Sam Delgado and Michael Lange, who lost their first two sets of the day before turning in 6-1 victory over the Wildcats’ No. 3 team.

“(They) turned the corner for us,” Mansfield said. “It was a big team win.”

The doubles team of Tommy LaBat and Luke Distad provided the highlight of the tournament, when LaBat scored a winning shot between his legs.

The duo swept three sets on the day.

In a congested and talented Foothill League, the Indians hope the victory over the Wildcats can help them moving forward.

“It’s good. Four teams will be battling for those two spots. They’re all very talented,” Mansfield said.

Golden Valley 17, Canyon 1

It was smooth sailing for the Golden Valley Grizzlies in their Foothill League opener against Canyon on Tuesday afternoon.

The Grizzlies swept all nine doubles sets and dropped just one in singles in a 17-1 victory.

Brandon Yu and Brian Park, Golden Valley’s No. 1 and No. 2 singles players, respectively, both won three sets by identical scores of 6-1, 6-0, 6-0.

“It’s nice to be able to start off league and have the guys get a solid match to help them build their confidence,” said Golden Valley head coach Josh Stimac.

The doubles teams were just as dominant, with the No. 1 doubles team of Koa Chu and Vance Truong winning 6-4, 6-0, 6-0.

The No. 3 doubles team of Yash Shah and Dahn Pham won 6-2, 6-1, 6-0

“I feel really good about the day,” Stimac said. “My doubles played well all the way down.”


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