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Valencia tennis wins Spring Smash

Posted: March 22, 2014 10:29 p.m.
Updated: March 22, 2014 10:29 p.m.

Valencia senior Joey Ferincola returns volley against West Ranch's Harrison Collins during their first round match on Saturday.

The Valencia High boys tennis team was able to pull away and win its own Spring Smash on Saturday thanks to its stars Chad LeDuff and Joey Fernicola.

Valencia won the tournament, which features eight teams from in and outside of the Santa Clarita Valley, with 20 points.

Simi Valley came in second with 15, West Ranch in third with 15 and Golden Valley fourth with 12.

LeDuff won the singles championship 8-3 over Golden Valley standout Brandon Yu after grinding out 8-6 a victory over Simi’s Guenter Newman.

“There were a lot of really close matches today that came down to the wire,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “I gave Joey the first place trophy because I’m not sure if we would have won today if he hadn’t played as well as he did.”

Fernicola started the day off by beating West Ranch senior Harrison Collins 8-4 and making into the singles semifinals before falling to Yu.

Yu beat Simi’s top-seeded Ryan Luoug 8-5 in the first round.

“Brandon played very intelligent tennis,” said Golden Valley head coach Josh Stimac. “He was able to play defensively and when the situation would require it, he would turn that defense into offense. He was steady all day.”

The West Ranch top doubles team of Jonathan Lee and Brandon Oh beat Simi Valley’s Atharv Rana and Tejas Sriram 8-4 to win the doubles championship.

Lee and Oh battled Valencia’s Nabor Cabanillas and Ravi Jayanthi in the first round, finally beating them 8-5 to advance.

“(Winning the Spring Smash) was one of their goals coming into this season,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker. “I’m happy for them that they could come out and play as well as they did.”

West Ranch also dominated the singles consolation bracket with Collins beating teammate Noah Morrow 8-3 in the finals.

“Harrison and Noah play each other in practice all the time but it was fun to see them actually competing,” Spiecker said. “It was a good day and I was happy with how we played.”


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