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Hart tennis clutches up to move on

In the final set of the day, Indians get clinching win in doubles

Posted: May 8, 2013 10:04 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2013 10:04 p.m.

The Hart Indians boys tennis team is still alive in the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs and it can thank two unlikely heroes.

Hart’s No. 3 doubles team Daniel Wong and Max Schwartz, with all eyes on them, came back to win the final set of the day 6-3.

That gave the Indians a 10-8 victory over Camarillo High in the first round of the Division II playoffs on Wednesday in Camarillo.

Had Wong and Schwartz lost the set, Hart (15-6) would have lost the match on total games won.

“That was big time,” said Hart head coach Chris Mansfield on the duo’s win.

Even more big time was the fact that they trailed 3-2 early.

They won another set 7-5.

Mansfield said this was the case of his team rising to the occasion against the Pacific View League champions — a squad Mansfield said that didn’t quite measure up to a Valencia team that dominated the Foothill League.

Maybe the competition helped the Foothill League’s second-place Indians.

Or maybe it was just clutch performances.

Like Brandon Dam, for example.

While Hart No. 1 Elliot Miller won just one set 6-1, Dam picked things up with two victories at 6-3 each.

Doubles team Sam Delgado and Michael Lange won two — 6-3, 6-1.

Hart’s solid No. 1 team of Tommy LaBat and Luke Distad won 6-3, 6-1, 6-2.

The Indians had their most trouble with Camarillo No. 1 Corey Karen, who swept.

Hart’s reward is a home match against No. 1 seeded San Marino, which disposed of Walnut 18-0 on Wednesday.




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