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Readying for the big time?

Wildcats’s big win is a tune-up for better Canyon team

Posted: April 1, 2009 1:11 a.m.
Updated: April 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.

West Ranch's Beau Martin returns the ball Tuesday at Golden Valley High. Martin swept three sets.

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West Ranch entered its match Tuesday at Golden Valley as one of the better teams in the Foothill League, and the Wildcats’ performance showed why they may have a chance to give perennial power Valencia a run for the title.

The Wildcats won each of their sets to earn an 18-0 win over the Grizzlies.

“They have solid players on every spot of their roster,” said Golden Valley co-head coach Steve Yu. “It’s a team that really has no weaknesses that you can look to exploit. They should really do well as they go through our league.”

Jordan Hovis led the singles charge for West Ranch (5-2, 2-1), playing from the No. 1 position and defeating Golden Valley’s top player John Choi 6-0.

Beau Martin and Jason Wei also scored a trio of victories against the young Grizzlies.

“They hung in some sets today, but what I’ll think about them as a team is that even after we were done competing they were still hitting balls on the court, and their coach was out there with them still working on their game,” ” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker.

Yu sees each match as a chance for his team to grow, especially since most of the roster will return for the following season.

“We have the weapons, but we just need to find a way to utilize them,” Yu said. “I think we are getting better stroke production, and you could even see us improve as the day went by. Still, you can’t hurry time so we have to be patient.”

Jeremy Ramirez and Julius Macalutas were the backbone of the doubles team, taking matches 6-3, 6-1 and 6-1.

Justin Kong and Radesh Davendren also won all their sets in the No. 2 position.

“We know that we may be a few years behind the elite teams in the Foothill League,” Yu said. “Still, we have a group of hard workers that I know will continue to progress.”

For West Ranch, the time to progress is right now. The Wildcats are slated to take on Foothill League undefeated Canyon Thursday.

“Playing a team that hasn’t lost yet is a challenge for us to look forward to,” Spiecker said. “We know they are a talented team, and it will be a chance for us to see where we are.”

kdamore@the-signal.com

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