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Valencia tennis wins, but so does Yu

Posted: April 22, 2014 10:33 p.m.
Updated: April 22, 2014 10:35 p.m.

 

The Golden Valley boys tennis team may have lost 12-6 to Valencia on Tuesday at Valencia High, but the Grizzlies took the set of the day.

In a battle of two of the top singles players in the Foothill League, Brandon Yu of Golden Valley accomplished what so many before him couldn’t and beat Valencia’s Chad LeDuff 7-6.

The two standout juniors were neck-and-neck the entire set before Yu could finally pull away and win the tiebreaker 7-3.

“Brandon was really on today,” said Golden Valley head coach Josh Stimac. “He played more aggressively than he ever had against Chad. He just played good, aggressive tennis.”

Valencia (13-2 Overall, 6-1 Foothill League) did most of its damage with its doubles lineup, winning seven of nine sets. The No. 1 team of Sam Rebele and Ravi Jayanthi swept their sets 6-4, 6-0, 6-0 as did the No. 2 team of Nick Davis and Nick Joyce (7-5, 6-0, 6-2).

Despite taking the loss, Stimac was happy with how his team looked.

“I think a lot of my guys played their best tennis of the year today,” he said. “We played well against a really good team.”

West Ranch 17, Canyon 1

The Wildcats (11-1, 7-0) continued their perfect run through the Foothill League and kept Canyon searching for its first league win.

West Ranch’s No. 1 singles player Harrison Collins swept his sets 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.

The doubles team of Evan Yoon and Kevin Lin swept their sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.

“We played with a limited lineup today so it was nice to play with some different kids,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker. “Overall I thought we played well.”

Anthony Williamson was the lone victor for Canyon (0-12, 0-7) winning his set 6-0.

Hart 15, Saugus 3

The Indians (9-8, 4-3) were carried by their doubles lineup on Tuesday as they swept all nine of their sets at Saugus High.

The No. 1 team of Luke Distad and Michael Lange swept their sets, losing only one game in the process.

“Luke and Mike were on fire today,” said Hart head coach Chris Mansfield. “All of our doubles players played really well. Leonard (Javier) and Cole (Berlioz) were really good as well.”

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