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West Ranch and Valencia boys tennis advance

Golden Valley and Hart fall in first round

Posted: May 14, 2014 10:22 p.m.
Updated: May 14, 2014 10:22 p.m.

West Ranch freshman Noah Morrow serves against St. Margeret's at West Ranch on Wednesday. Morrow swept his sets at the Wildcats advanced into the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II tournament.

The freshmen were shining again for the West Ranch boys tennis team in its match against St. Margaret’s High on Wednesday.

Freshman singles player Noah Morrow swept his sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 as the Foothill League’s top team defeated visiting St. Margaret’s 13-5 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II Boys Tennis Championships.

Fellow freshman Quincy Walter-Eze and his doubles partner Logan Boute also swept their sets by scores of 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

St. Margaret’s, the third-place team from the Academy League, defeated Century League fourth-place finisher Esperanza High 13-5 on Tuesday in the wild-card round.

“I’m really proud of my kids staying tough because I really respect what (St. Margaret’s) had going,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker. “Our kids held it together and played consistently. They really pushed through.”

The Wildcats were strong all-around, winning seven sets in singles and six in doubles.

No. 1 singles player Harrison Collins won two sets, going 4-6, 6-0, 6-0 on the day.

Jake Hettinger also won two sets, going 0-6, 6-2, 6-2.

On the doubles side, Jonathan Lee and Brandon Oh won two sets for West Ranch, going 6-4, 6-2, 1-6.

The Wildcats will face the winner of the match between Santa Monica and Camarillo. If Santa Monica advances, it will travel to West Ranch for the second-round.

If Camarillo advances, the Wildcats will have to travel.

Valencia 10, Claremont 8

The Vikings started their journey to improve on last year’s quarterfinal appearance on the right foot on Wednesday, beating Claremont in a close match.

The two teams were tied at three after the first round of play and again at six after the second round.

But Valencia turned it up in the third round, with all three doubles teams winning their sets and Chad LeDuff winning his set to close out the match.

LeDuff swept his matches by scores of 6-3, 6-1, 6-0.

Nabor Cabanillas and Nick Joyce also swept their matches on the doubles side, going 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

“I’m really happy with the way we played,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “We pulled it off and the guys kept their composure.”

Valencia will play the winner of the match between Foothill and Sage Hill on Friday at 3 p.m.

Polytechninc 14, Golden Valley 4

The Grizzlies saw their season come to an end with the loss to Polytechninc School of Pasadena.

Golden Valley, the at-large team from the Foothill League, couldn’t keep up with the Panthers’ singles lineup, dropping eight of nine sets.

Polytechnic was the Prep League champion.

“I thought we played well,” said Grizzlies head coach Josh Stimac. “We just ran into a team that’s better than us. They had a really good one-two-three lineup in singles and we did our best, but just couldn’t match it.”

Golden Valley got three of its four set wins on the doubles side, with the team of Anthony Oquindo and Justin Dulay winning two of those. They finished the day 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Vance Truong and Koa Chu won the other set 6-3, while dropping their other two by scores of 1-6, 0-6.

On the singles side, Brandon Yu was the only one able to win a set. He went 2-6, 3-6, 6-3 on the day.

This is the second consecutive first-round exit for the Grizzlies.

They defeated Pacifica 11-7 in the wild card round on Tuesday to advance.

Windward 11, Hart 7

A day after beating Buena Park 17-1 in the wild card round, the Indians fell short in the first round to Windward 11-7.

No. 1 singles player Elliot Miller won two sets, 7-5, 6-2, before dropping his third.

Hart’s top doubles team of Michael Lange and Luke Distad were the only ones to sweep for the Indians, going 6-2, 6-4, 6-1.

The No. 2 team of Sam Delgado and Zack Killian won two sets, 7-5, 6-4.


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