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Posted: April 1, 2008 11:49 p.m.
Updated: June 3, 2008 5:02 a.m.

West Ranch boys tennis player Jaishen Wei hits the ball in his final set against Saugus High player Jordan Ta. West Ranch defeated Saugus 15-3.

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The West Ranch boys tennis team defeated Saugus at home on Tuesday 15-3, two days before a crucial battle with Foothill League first place Valencia.

It was a familiar scene as the two teams gathered around the last set between Saugus' Jordan Ta and West Ranch's Jaishen Wei.

Ta put the final point on the board for the Centurions defeating Wei 6-4.

West Ranch, 4-1 in league, was nearly perfect in singles play with the only loss being that of Wei to Ta.

No. 1 seed Jordan Hovis and No. 3 seed Beau Martin were the only singles players to sweep all three of their sets for the Wildcats.

Hovis swept all three of his sets 6-1, 6-1, 7-6, while Martin allowed his opponents to only score three games against him. He won 6-0, 6-0, 6-3.

West Ranch doubles teams were equally dominant, led by the duo of Jason Oh and Patrick Fuertes.

Oh and Fuertes were the only Wildcats' doubles team to sweep all three sets winning 6-1, 6-0, 6-0.

Fuertes and Oh said that they are still riding the momentum from the Valencia Spring Smash tournament on March 22.
"We are focusing on playing our game aggressive," Fuertes said. " and making sure we continue to be aggressive at the net."

Wildcats head coach Eric Spiecker agreed.

"Patrick and Jason are playing excellent tennis," he said "They really are at the top of their game right now."

West Ranch is hoping to take this momentum into its tough match against Valencia on Thursday.

The Vikings are currently No. 1 in the Foothill League and have proven to be the toughest competition for the Wildcats.

Valencia defeated Golden Valley 18-0 Tuesday.

"This will be the last time that Jack (Zapala) and Jordan play each other," Spiecker said. "I am really looking forward to having Jordan play his game and really put the pressure on Jack."

As for the Centurions team, it was able to pull out two of its wins on the doubles side.

Marc Liff and Tim Chin won a set 6-4, while Austin Jones and Jordan Franklin won a tough tie-breaker 7-6.

Saugus head coach Alan Hardbarger is confident his team can remain competitors in league.

"We have to play smart and continue to be aggressive on important points," he said.

The Centurions (4-6, 2-3) will face Hart next at Hart.


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