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On the Beat Tennis: Reflecting on recent history

Posted: June 4, 2014 9:37 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2014 9:37 p.m.

With the 2014 boys tennis season in the books for Santa Clarita Valley players, we can take a look back at how this year’s batch fared compared to previous years.

The first thing that jumps out is, for the first time since at least 2009, Valencia didn’t send two doubles teams into the CIF-Southern Section individual sectionals.

West Ranch’s Noah Morrow and Chris Gaw were finally able to break the Vikings’ stranglehold and make it to the individual tournament where they won their first-round match against Campbell Hall’s Adrien Detchmendy and Garrett Eloenin 6-3, 7-6. It was the first sectionals victory for a doubles team from West Ranch in the program’s history.

The Wildcats got another first out of the way when senior Harrison Collins won his first-round match against Bishop Diego’s Spencer Ekola 4-6, 6-4, 10-6 for the first singles sectional win for West Ranch.

This was Collins’ second trip to into the CIF individual tournament, the first coming in his freshman year when he lost his first-round match to Cate School’s Blake Mackall 6-1, 6-1.

More impressive than Collins’ second trip is Chad LeDuff’s third.

The Valencia junior’s first appearance came his freshman year as part of a doubles team with Daniel Malabanan.

Since then he has competed as a singles player but has tripped over the same hurdle every time.

In all three years LeDuff has won his first-round match but then lost his second. With his senior year coming up, this will be the last chance for LeDuff to break through and make a deep run in the tournament.

Getting past the second round has been a sticking point for many SCV players and teams in the tournament.

Last year Valencia’s Sam Rebele and David Myers of Valencia made it into the third round where they lost to Calabasas’ Scotty Garapedian and Bruce Man Song Hing 7-6, 6-4.

In 2010 Ben Inchalik and Tyler Gotshall made it all the way to the quarterfinals before falling to eventual champions T.J. Pura and Chris Lord from Brentwood 6-2, 6-4.

Those were the only two since 2010 to make it past the second round.

Since 2009, there has been seven first-round exits for singles players and five second-round exits, including this year’s.

Doubles teams have seen three first-round exits and seven in the second round.

LeDuff will be the best chance for the Foothill League to break into the third round in singles next year and with Morrow and Gaw both coming back, there’s a good shot they could make a run as well if they team up again.

Miller signs: Last week I reported that Hart’s girls tennis duo of Lauren Dam and Bailey Sindle committed to San Diego Christian College to help start the women’s program.

Now the Hawks have an Indian to help get the men’s program off the ground with the signing of Elliot Miller.

Miller has been a solid No. 1 singles player for Hart for the last two years and was an All-SCV boys tennis first-teamer in 2013 as a junior. (The Signal will announce its All-SCV Boys Tennis teams later this month).

San Diego competes in the Golden State Athletic Conference and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.


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