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Cowboys edge Indians to begin Foothill play

Canyon edges Hart by five points

Posted: March 25, 2009 1:45 a.m.
Updated: March 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Canyon head coach Kent Ganevsky described his doubles teams as “up and down” so far this season.

Well, they were up for Tuesday’s Foothill League opener against Hart – and they took the rest of the Cowboys with them.

Canyon won five of the nine doubles matches, top singles player Jason Ferliano lost only five games total, and the Cowboys tied Hart 9-9 in sets but earned a victory by virtue of an 84-79 score in games.

“We had a couple of our doubles teams come through for us,” Ganevsky said. “Jason played great. He got the game score for us. He won by a good margin in all of his games.”

Ferliano defeated Hart’s Garrett Russikoff 6-2, Ben Williams 6-1 and Joe Reyes 6-2.

Russikoff and Reyes won their other two matches, however, and Williams defeated Canyon’s Kevin Snovicky 7-5 to give the Indians (4-5, 0-1) the advantage in singles.

“Jason was big for them,” said Hart head coach Chris Mansfield. “My singles have been doing their job.”

Canyon’s No. 1 doubles team of Jun Song and David Lee defeated Hart’s Paul Orszag and Alex Prieto 6-4, and proceeded to drop Austin Morgan and Kevin Tanner 6-0 and Greg Kurzhals and Kevin Tran 6-3.

Orszag and Prieto won their other two matches, but Canyon (5-2, 1-0) took care of business by scoring additional victories over Hart’s No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams.

“You’re going to have 18 games,” Ganevsky said. “If you can get your doubles to pull out six, seven games for you, then your singles only has to win three or four games for you to pull through.”

Canyon received a boost when Derek Rosengrant played the third set for the No. 2 doubles team. Rosengrant had been sick over the past week, but gutted it out to help Canyon earn a 6-3 win over Kurzhals and Tran.

Canyon will resume play at 3:15 p.m. Thursday at Golden Valley, while Hart will host Saugus at 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

“Give a lot of credit to Canyon,” Mansfield said. “It was just a tough, good match.”

jgulino@the-signal.com

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