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Golden Valley tennis still has hope for playoffs

Grizzlies hope for at-large berth; Hart claims second

Posted: April 25, 2013 10:36 p.m.
Updated: April 25, 2013 10:36 p.m.

There’s hope at Golden Valley.

The Grizzlies boys tennis team is hoping the CIF-Southern Section extends them an offer to play in the Division II playoffs as an at-large team.

Golden Valley defeated Saugus 10-8 on Thursday in both teams’ Foothill League finale.

The Grizzlies finished the regular season at 8-8 overall and fourth in the Foothill League at 4-6.

“I hope they take into consideration the league is strong at the top with Valencia,” said Golden Valley head coach Josh Stimac.

Valencia rolled through the Foothill League, leaving the rest of the five teams to battle for position.

Golden Valley, which has never made a tennis postseason, padded its resume thanks in large part to the doubles team of Anthony Oquindo and Justin Dulay who swept 6-3, 7-5, 6-0 on Thursday.

Brian Park won two sets at 6-0, 6-0 and dropped one 6-2.

Grizzlies sophomore Brandon Yu swept at 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-0.

The tiebreak win was the match of the day, pitting the Grizzlies’ top singles player against Saugus junior Tristin Thierry.

“Tristin’s a really good hitter. He came in with big serves, big groundstrokes. I kind of hung in there with him, ran down every ball and eventually overcame him,” Yu said.

Thierry won his other two sets 6-2, 6-2.

The Saugus doubles team of senior Grant Vaziri and sophomore Nicholas Araklisianos won 6-1, 6-4.

Centurions senior Peter Nguyen and freshman Anthony Miller won 6-3, 6-4

Saugus (8-11, 2-8) has some varsity veterans slated to return next season, but head coach Allan Hardbarger said his graduation losses will be tough to overcome.

“We relied on Josh (Hill) and Grant for years to win huge sets,” Hardbarger said. “Four-year varsity players, they helped us make playoffs the last two years. Having those two was definitely amazing. It will be tough not having them.”

Hart 17, Canyon 1

Hart defeated Canyon 17-1 on Thursday and with it has its best Foothill League finish since 2006 when it shared the league title with Valencia.

“I think the kids played their hearts out and had a great season,” said Hart head coach Chris Mansfield.

Hart’s Brandon Dam led the singles, winning all three sets without losing a game.

Elliot Miller won his two sets finishing with a league record of 22-4.

Patrick Sayegh won two sets.

The doubles team of Tommy LaBat and Luke Distad swept all three sets, including a golden set, and finished with a league record of 26-4.  

Philip Elterman captured the only win for Canyon, winning 6-1.

Also sweeping was the team of Daniel Wong and Max Schwartz.

Michael Lange and Sam Delgado won a pair in doubles for the Indians (14-6, 8-2).

Canyon finished 0-10 in the Foothill League.


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