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West Ranch, Valencia strong in Foothill League tennis opener

Posted: March 20, 2014 9:54 p.m.
Updated: March 20, 2014 9:54 p.m.

West Ranch's Harrison Collins hits a forehand shot against Hart High on Thursday at hart in the Foothill League opener.

Boys tennis kicked off Foothill League play on Thursday with three matches around the Santa Clarita Valley.

West Ranch avenged last year’s two league losses to Hart by beating it 18-0.

No. 1 singles player Harrison Collins only dropped one set the entire day and beat last year’s All-Santa Clarita Valley first-teamer Elliot Miller 6-0.

The Wildcats’ two and three spots were nearly as efficient.

Freshmen Noah Morrow and Quincy Walter-Eze swept their six matches by a combined score of 36-8.

“I was excited that they took advantage of all their opportunities and didn’t let Hart get a foot in the door because they’re a good team,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker. “We look very balanced to me and they played very well. I’m happy with how they looked.”

The West Ranch doubles teams were just as dominant.

The first team of Jonathan Y. Lee and Chris Gaw battled against Hart’s No. 1 team of Michael Lange and Leonard Javier, beating them 6-4. But they cruised from there, winning their next two matches in straight sets.

Valencia 18, Saugus 0

Valencia’s singles tandem of Chad LeDuff and Joey Fernicola are off to a perfect start in Foothill League play, with neither player losing a set on Thursday.

“I’m happy with how we looked today,” said Vikings head coach Annie Kellogg. “Everyone played well. I’m really happy with how they performed.”

Valencia’s second doubles team of Sam Rebele and Nick Joyce were perfect on the day as well.

Golden Valley 15, Canyon 3

Grizzlies No. 1 singles player Brandon Yu is off to another hot start, winning all his matches in straight sets.

It was No. 3 singles player Yash Shaw who had the match of the day, beating Canyon’s Anthony Williams 7-6 (7-4) in a tiebreaker.

“Yash played admirably,” said head coach Josh Stimac. “That tiebreaker was big for him. He had a long day so for him to pull that match out was great.”

Golden Valley returned their entire doubles lineup and it showed.

The No. 1 of Ravi Jayanthi and Nabor Cabanillas led the way, winning their matches 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.


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