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Foothill tennis roundup: Hope alive for Golden Valley

G.V. beats Saugus; Valencia, Hart dominate

Posted: April 9, 2013 10:47 p.m.
Updated: April 9, 2013 10:47 p.m.

At the halfway mark in Foothill League play, Golden Valley boys tennis needed a signature win to keep realistic hopes of an automatic playoff spot alive.

The Golden Valley Grizzlies got what they needed on Tuesday at Golden Valley High with an 11-7 win over the Saugus Centurions.

“We played a very close match that we just let the victory slip out of our fingers against West Ranch and we played Hart close,” said Golden Valley head coach Josh Stimac of an 11-7 setback to Hart and a 10-8 loss to West Ranch two weeks ago.

This time, the Grizzlies (7-5 overall, 2-3 Foothill League) came out on top of a close match thanks to strong singles play.

Brandon Yu and Brian Park each swept three singles sets for Golden Valley convincingly. Yu won all his sets 6-0 and Park dropped just one game along the way.

In the No. 3 singles spot for the Grizzlies, Jordon Smith won two sets, 6-4 and 6-0.

For Saugus (7-7, 1-4), the doubles team of Josh Hill and Harrison Ta swept 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 and fellow Centurion pairing Peter Nguyen and Anthony Miller knocked off Golden Valley’s Anthony Oquindo and Justin Dulay in the set of the day. The Saugus team won 7-6 after taking the tiebreaker 12-10.

The Grizzlies are now in fourth place in league and a game in front of fifth-place Saugus.

Valencia 16, West Ranch 2

Another league match, another easy win for the Valencia Vikings.

The Vikings (10-3, 5-0) have won five convincing matches against league opponents, and Tuesday at Valencia High School was no exception as the Vikings’ top two singles players and doubles teams swept the Wildcats (3-6, 3-2) in three sets each.

“We just happen to be there this year,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg of the team’s success. “Who knows? It’s just year to year. I have a lot of good seniors and they’re taking care of business.”

In singles play, Valencia’s Chad LeDuff and Joey Fernicola each won all three of their sets.

In doubles, the Valencia pairings of Chris Pope and Cameron Braun along with David Myers and Same Rebele followed with three more set wins each.

West Ranch’s Chris Gaw won a singles set and the Wildcats doubles team of Jonathan Lee and Brandon Oh also picked up a set.

The Wildcats are third place in league.

Hart 17, Canyon 1

Coming off its first league loss of the season two weeks ago, second-place Hart bounced back nicely on Tuesday at Canyon High School.

Hart singles players Elliot Miller and Brandon Dam won all six of their sets collectively while losing just four games along the way.

Tommy LaBat and Luke Distad swept three sets without dropping a single game for Hart (10-5, 4-1). The Indians also got two wins from the doubles team of Sam Delgado and Michael Lange, while Stephan Bock picked up two set victories in singles play.

Canyon’s pairing of Brandon Harrison and Scott Buehlor won the lone set for the Cowboys, who dropped to 0-5 in league play.


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