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Revamped Canyon tennis team suffers its first loss

Posted: September 18, 2013 9:16 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2013 9:16 p.m.

Canyon High tennis player Katrina DeGuzman squares up to hit the ball during a match against Crescenta Valley at Canyon on Wednesday. DeGuzman won all three of her sets, but Canyon lost 13-5.

Things aren’t going to suddenly turn around over night for Canyon girls tennis.

But first-year head coach Dennis Yong is trying to bring more structure and stability to a Cowboys team that has fallen on hard times in recent years.

Canyon suffered its first loss of the season, 13-5, to the Crescenta Valley Falcons on Wednesday at Canyon High.

But a strong stable of three returning singles players and a solid start to the season has Yong and company thinking positively.

“I think we have improved,” Yong said. “We’re definitely improving from last year already. I think the practices have been a little more rigourous, more structured. There’s more of a sense of team pride.”

Yong replaced previous head coach Annie Araujo, who led both the varsity girls and boys teams. Last season, Yong coached the junior varsity boys.

This fall, he takes over a girls team which hasn’t won a Foothill League match since 2009.

Already though, Canyon (3-1) has beaten Alemany, Palmdale and Lancaster.

The Cowboys have been led by three young, yet talented singles players with sophomore Katrina DeGuzman at the head of the pack. She’s joined by sophomore Jennifer Brissenden and junior Alexa Mendez.

DeGuzman picked up three of the team’s five set wins on Wednesday, winning 6-0, 6-0, 6-1.

Brissenden had the other two, including a 6-3 win over CV’s No. 1 player Natalie Davidian and another 6-3 win over Carlee Petrosian.

“I think our singles are pretty good and pretty consistent,” DeGuzman said.

Other than those three, Canyon senior doubles player Kezia Suherman is the only other varsity returner.

“We have a young team who is hungry, so that’s good,” Yong said.

The Falcons (3-2) managed to sweep Canyon in all nine doubles sets, dropping a total of five games along the way.



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