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No surprises in Tuesday's tennis matches

Posted: March 25, 2014 10:50 p.m.
Updated: March 25, 2014 10:50 p.m.
 

The wind didn’t seem to bother the Valencia boys tennis on Tuesday as the Vikings beat the Golden Valley Grizzlies 16-2 on a blustery day at Golden Valley High.

Three days after losing 8-3 to Chad LeDuff in Valencia’s Spring Smash, Brandon Yu got to take another crack at the Santa Clarita Valley’s top singles player.

He lost 6-1 but his match against Valencia’s No. 2 Joey Fernicola might have been the match of the day.

Fernicola took an early 5-1 lead against Yu but allowed him to rally to within a point before finally beating him 7-5.

“Brandon had some really great matches against Chad and Joey,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “Joey and Brandon’s match was really close. It was windy all day but they were ripping shots all over the court.”

Valencia’s lead doubles team of Sam Rebele and Nick Joyce swept its sets as did its No. 2 team of Ravi Jayanthi and Nabor Cabanillas.

And even though his team lost, Golden Valley head coach Josh Stimac can see his team growth as it finds its confidence.

“There were a lot of close sets,” he said. “I think our doubles teams were playing less cautiously today. They were going for their shots. They went out and played bravely today.”

Valencia is now 2-0 in league play while Golden Valley is 1-1.

Hart 17, Saugus 1

Hart’s doubles teams swept all nine of their sets over Saugus on Tuesday. The teams of Luke Distad and Michael Lange and Sam Delgado and Zach Killian only gave up one game each in their sets.

Hart’s singles were led again by Elliot Miller, who won all three of his sets without losing a game. Cole Berlioz also swept for Hart, which is 1-1 in league.

The Indians will host Golden Valley on Thursday where Miller will face Yu in another matchup of two of the SCV’s best singles players.

“The kids stepped it up today,” said Indians head coach Chris Mansfield. “The matchup between Elliott and Brandon will be exciting. We’re battling for playoff spots early in the season.”

Saugus is now 0-2 in league play.

West Ranch 18, Canyon 0

West Ranch played with some new doubles lineups in its 18-0 win over Canyon.

Evan Yoon and Kevin Lin swept their doubles sets as did Logan Boute and his partner, Kia Aref.
In singles action, Lucas Ruiz won his sets, 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.

“It was a team effort today,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker. “Everyone played very well. I’m happy with how we looked.”

West Ranch improved to 2-0 in Foothill play while Canyon fell to 0-2.

 

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