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’Cats get timely victory

West Ranch tennis moves into second place in league

Posted: April 28, 2009 9:42 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.

West Ranch's Beau Martin returns a shot Tuesday during the Wildcats 14-4 win.

 
Peaking at the right time is a key to postseason success in any sport, and West Ranch boys tennis looks like its on point at the perfect time, notching a 14-4 win over Canyon at home Tuesday.

The teams entered the match tied for second place in the Foothill League, but West Ranch picked up a decisive win to lay claim to the No. 2 position.

“I think our kids are really playing well right now,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker. “For Jordan (Hovis) and Beau (Martin) to come out and both sweep was huge for us because they both lost to Jason (Ferliano) the first time we played.”

In the first meeting between West Ranch (10-3, 7-2) and Canyon (11-5, 6-3) the Cowboys almost pulled out the victory, falling 10-8, but Tuesday was a very different story.

Martin, playing in the one spot for the Wildcats, won his three sets, 6-2, 6-1, 6-0, while Hovis scored his three wins 7-5, 6-1, 6-0, taking the set of the afternoon when he rallied from a 5-1 deficit against Ferliano to beat him 7-5.

“I had him, but I just couldn’t put him away,” Ferliano said of the set. “I had a very good chance to win, but I just let it slip away.”

Spiecker saw the match, which was part of the second sets of the day, as a major victory for the Wildcats.

“When you see a guy comeback like the one Jordan had, it can be very encouraging for the whole team,” Spiecker said. “Jordan is really putting his entire game together. He has been perfect in the second half of the season, and his win against Jason means he’s beaten everyone that he lost to in league play the first time through.”

The Wildcats were equally dominant on the doubles side, taking seven of nine sets.

Jaewoo Chung and Brandon Lee swept for West Ranch (7-6 (7-2), 6-0, 6-1), while the teams Julius Macalutas and Jeremy Ramirez and

Ali El Arabi and Baron von Kesler both took two out of three.

“West Ranch is a very good team,” said Canyon head coach Kent Ganevsky. “The last thing I would want to do is take anything away from how well they played today, but we’ve had a poor week of practice, and it showed today. Starting tomorrow we’re going to change everything, and I think today will serve as the wake-up call we need. We knew coming into this week that we had West Ranch and Valencia, the two best teams in this league, but we just didn’t elevate our game to the level it need to be at to compete with teams like the one we faced today.”

Ferliano and Matt Kincaid scored single wins, and Jun Song and David Lee notched a shutout on the doubles side.

“This was a very strong team effort,” Spiecker said. “Any time that you’re getting close to the CIF tournament, victories are huge for building momentum, and especially beating a team that is going to make the postseason too. Our guys are starting to believe that we have a run in us in the playoffs.”

kdamore@the-signal.com

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