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Wildcats tennis grabs momentum

Posted: March 26, 2008 1:12 a.m.
Updated: May 27, 2008 5:02 a.m.

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It must have been a big upset or something special or both.

Teammates and parents were gathered around West Ranch's No. 3 seeded singles player Beau Martin as he took down Canyon's No. 1 seed Jason Ferlianto.

They embraced him afterward.

Ferlianto, the freshman out of Canyon, came into Tuesday's match undefeated in the Foothill League.

But Martin's victory became the capper on a 13-5 West Ranch victory over Canyon Tuesday at West Ranch.

Ferlianto came into the match strong, having defeated West Ranch No. 1 singles player Jonathan Lo 6-0 followed by a win over No. 2 seed Jordan Hovis 6-3.

Martin took control of his set, though, early, while Ferlianto struggled to fight through his fatigue.

"I saw him getting tired and I was able to outlast him," Martin said.

But don't call Martin's win luck. There was a lot of preparation going into this match against the Cowboys and Ferlianto.

"Coach knew that Jason (Ferlianto) has good topspin so during practice this week we hit a lot of top spin balls," Martin said.

"We had to attack his second serve and move into the net," added West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker.

Martin's win over Ferlianto was a surprise to many including the coach.

"Beau surprises everyone," Spiecker said. "Beau makes everyone work for a win. He'll will you down and find a way to win the set."

Martin found a way to win the set.

Down 2-0, Martin fought back, winning six straight games and finishing out the set on top.

Martin was the only West Ranch singles player to sweep all three of his sets. He swept 6-1, 6-0, 6-2.

The win gives Martin a lot of confidence going into his next match.

"There is definitely a shift in momentum," Martin said.

Spiecker was particularly happy with the teams' win.

"We did better than what we had hoped," he said.

This was an unfortunate loss for the Cowboy team who came into the match with a lot of belief.

"I told my team not to focus on West Ranch's reputation," said Canyon head coach Edgar Perfecto. "We need to just focus on playing our own game."

But not all was lost for the Cowboys.

The doubles team of David Lee and Jeremy Perfecto ousted West Ranch's No. 1 seeded squad of Kevin Harmon and Jeremy Ramirez in a tense tiebreaker. Lee and Perfecto won the set 7-6.

The Cowboys face a tough Valencia Vikings team next and will continue to make necessary adjustments in order to remain contenders in the league.

"We are going to be mixing up how we play and focus on keeping our energy high."

This is the first loss for the Cowboys in league action, bringing their record to 2-1.

West Ranch (3-1-2, 2-1) will face Hart, which secured its first victory on the season Tuesday, on Thursday at Hart.

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