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’Cats strong in league opener

West Ranch’s No. 1 and No. 2 singles and double sweep sets in win

Posted: March 25, 2009 1:51 a.m.
Updated: March 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
West Ranch boys tennis started off the Foothill League season strong on Monday, defeating Saugus 12-6 behind the stellar play of its mainstays,

The Wildcats were also propelled by a doubles team that might make all the difference this season.

West Ranch No. 1 singles player Jordan Hovis won all three of his sets, 6-1, 6-0, 6-0, matched by No. 2 singles player Beau Martin, 6-1, 6-1, 6-2.

In doubles, Jeremy Ramirez and Julius Macalutus swept 6-3, 6-3, 6-0.

“If they can win that strongly against a player like Jordan (Ta), hopefully that will send a message to the rest of the league,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker. “Jeremy and Julius are a new team, but to start out the season undefeated, it is really big for them.”

But it was the play of the West Ranch’s No. 2 doubles team of Patrick Fuertes and Jaewoo Chung that had Spiecker most excited.

“You know what I’m most pleased about is for Patrick and Jaewoo to come out and sweeping 6-1, 6-1, 6-1,” Spiecker said. “When they play well, the rest of the league is going to have stand up and take notice.”
Hovis agrees.

“It makes me feel great because I know that if we are all playing well, then there are only a couple people that have a chance to stand in our way,” the senior said.

There is one team in particular that keeps coming up.

The Vikings.

“That drives us a little bit, hearing about Valencia,” Fuertes said. “It creates a little edge. It give us motivation to play better.”

West Ranch will match up with Valencia on Thursday in a game laden with league title implications.

And with the strong corps of seniors, Chung sees urgency in this season.

“We should do really good this year,” Chung said. “It is kind of our best chance because all the seniors are graduating.”

Saugus’ Ta, Marc Liff and David Badal each took a set on the singles side, while Austin Jones and Kevin Okimoto, Jeff Novoa and Tim Chin and Casey Camarillo and Chris Poursayadi won a set in doubles.

“I knew that Beau and Jordan (Hovis) would be good and they were,” said Saugus head coach Allan Hardbarger. “I liked how we competed in our other sets.”

pputignano@the-signal.com

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