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All-SCV boys tennis doubles: Jonathan Lee & Brandon Oh

Posted: June 21, 2014 9:59 p.m.
Updated: June 21, 2014 9:59 p.m.

Jonathan Lee, left, and Brandon Oh of West Ranch were strong for the Wildcats from start to finish this season.

 

West Ranch’s doubles play was crucial to the Wildcats dethroning Valencia as the Foothill League champions this year.

Head coach Eric Spiecker played around with his pairings, partly to find the best chemistry between players and partly because a player had to leave the team midway through the season due to disciplinary reasons.

But the one constant in the Wildcats’ doubles rotation was the team of Jonathan Lee and Brandon Oh.

As the senior leaders on the team, Lee and Oh provided West Ranch with a reliable source of set wins and continuity.

From the start of the season to the end Lee and Oh were steady for the Wildcats, going 27-1 in league play and now earning the All-Santa Clarita Valley Boys Tennis Doubles Team of the Year.

Lee and Oh started the year strong, winning the Valencia High Spring Smash tournament doubles championship. They beat Valencia’s Nabor Cabanillas and Ravi Jayanthi 8-5 in the first round and took down Simi Valley’s Atharv Rana and Tejas Sriram 8-4 for the title.

Oh and Lee then cruised through league play, sweeping Canyon, Saugus and Golden Valley before suffering their first and only loss of league play to Cabanillas and Jayanthi in West Ranch’s 10-8 win over the Vikings.

Their loss left the Wildcats one set short of sweeping Valencia in doubles completely, but they would atone in the rematch.

Oh and Lee flipped the script in their season finale against Valencia, this time being the only team to sweep in doubles by scores of 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

Their play was key as West Ranch finished Foothill League competition with a perfect 10-0 record and wrestled the league title away from the Vikings for the first time in eight years.

What made the pairing so ideal was that each player’s strengths cover up the other’s weaknesses.

Lee has a strong serve and forehand while Oh’s specialty is net play. Spiecker said Oh has some of the quickest hands he’s had on any of his teams.

Lee and Oh have also been best friends since their freshman year, and spend nearly every day together, so communication was never an issue.

And because of that, Spiecker rarely ever had to intervene during matches.

It worked as Lee and Oh became the first doubles players from West Ranch to advance past the first round in the CIF-Southern Section Individual Tennis Sectionals before losing in the second round.

In a year of big storylines for West Ranch, like the return of Harrison Collins and the emergence of freshmen standouts Noah Morrow and Quincy Walter-Eze, it was the constant leadership of Oh and Lee that propelled the Wildcats to their most successful season.

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