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WR, Valencia tennis players eliminated from CIF indivudual tournament

Posted: May 29, 2014 10:39 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2014 10:39 p.m.

The boys from West Ranch had one last milestone in them at Thursday’s CIF-Southern Section Individual Tennis Sectionals.

Coming into the day, no Wildcat boys tennis player had advanced past the first round in singles or doubles play.

The Wildcats broke through both those barriers on Thursday.

Singles player  and senior Harrison Collins defeated Bishop Diego’s Spencer Ekola in a tough match, needing three sets to finally take the win (4-6, 6-4, 10-6).

Things didn’t get any easier from there, however, as Collins found himself in another close match with Chaminade’s Josh Quijano, but this time losing 6-3, 2-6, 4-10.

“It’s a great way for Harrison to go out after the way he’s played this year,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker. “I thought it was a great season. To have never won a first-round match to winning two today, it’s very exciting.”

West Ranch’s doubles tandem of Chris Gaw and Noah Morrow won their first-round match against Campbell Hall’s Adrien Detchmendy and Garrett Eloenin by scores of 6-3, 7-6 (9-7).

That close match took a toll though as they were gassed for their second-round match against Harvard-Westlake’s Jarid Meyer and Jason Branek.

They ended up losing 2-6, 1-6, but for the junior Gaw it was a great season despite how it ended.

“They were really good players, but I think on another day Noah and I probably could have beat them,” he said. “It was a great season and I’m happy with the way we conducted ourselves on and off of the court. Everyone was supportive of one another and we all had really great chemistry.”

Along with the West Ranch players, Valencia’s Chad LeDuff won his first-round match against Santa Barbara’s Morgan Hale 7-5, 7-6 (7-1).

But like the West Ranch doubles team, that first match took a lot out of LeDuff so his energy levels were low for his second-round match against Campbell Hall’s Bryce Periera.

LeDuff ended up losing 3-6, 1-6.

“I think (Periera’s) first-round match lasted maybe 20 minutes so he had a lot of energy,” said the junior LeDuff. “But I’m happy with how the season went. I learned a lot from our seniors, and it’s sad to see them go. Now for the offseason I’m going to play a lot more tennis and get my ranking up for college.”

Valencia’s doubles team of Ravi Jayanthi and Sam Rebele got a tough draw in the first round, getting matched against Dos Pueblos’ Patrick Curpuz and Miles Baldwin and losing 3-6, 3-6.

“The doubles guys played well against some good players,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “They had a tough draw. All three of those boys came out and competed well today. I was happy with how they played.”

The losses mean an end to the season for Santa Clarita Valley prep tennis, but with players like LeDuff, Gaw and Morrow coming back the future looks bright.


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