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Familiar foes to face off

West Ranch, Valencia dominate prelims

Posted: May 5, 2009 9:38 p.m.
Updated: May 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Valencia's Anders Jansson, left, returns a shot as his teammate Ronny Kimmelman watches Tuesday at the Paseo Club in Valencia.

It was a good day to be a seeded tennis player at the Foothill League boys tennis prelims Tuesday at the Paseo Club.

All four singles and doubles seeds advanced to Wednesday’s semis, where a pair of singles performers will represent both Valencia and West Ranch, while three Viking teams and a duo from the Wildcats are slated to face off in the doubles bracket.

“It was a really good day for our program,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “For us to get three doubles teams in the semis is great because we know in the worst-case scenario we have a team in the finals. I think how our doubles teams play showed that we have a deep team even though we are young, and of course, Ben (Inchalik) and Tyler (Gottshall) have been excellent all year.”

Gottshall won his opening match 6-2, 6-1 over West Ranch’s Jason Wei, and then dropped David Badal of Saugus 6-1, 6-1.

Inchalik also rolled to straight set wins.

Beau Martin put up the most dominant day of the final four, only losing one point in four sets.

Hovis also rolled, winning four straight sets 6-1, including a pair from the defending champion, Canyon’s Jason Ferlianto.

“I feel like my game is coming along really well right now,” Hovis said. “My confidence is high, and it was great to get some revenge against the guy beat me in the finals last year.”

Ferlianto struggled with a stiff back earlier in the day, but he said he felt fine in his match versus Hovis.

“That was all Jordan out there,” Ferlianto said. “I have no excuses. He played a good match. I just need to work on my game and moving around the ball to get back to where I want to be.”

Valencia’s doubles teams of Matt Cheng and J.R. Macalutas, Ronny Kimelman and Anders Jansson, and John Schmidt and Danny Bingham all enjoyed perfect days.

Cheng and Macalutas didn’t drop a set, and neither did Kimelman and Jansson, but Schmidt and Bingham were tested by West Ranch’s Ali El Arabi and Baron von Kesler in a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 opening-round battle.

West Ranch’s top team of Patrick Fuertes and Jeremy Ramirez also dropped a set, losing the tiebreaker in the second set of a 6-1, 6-7, 6-4 victory.

“I think our doubles teams played well,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker. “Baron and Ali made a good run at winning their match and Patrick and Jeremy looked sharp.”

The singles semifinals will pit teammates Gottshall and Inchalik, and Hovis and Martin against each other, thus ensuring that a West Ranch versus Valencia final will cap the tournament.

“I would have preferred that our guys had a chance to play each other in the finals, but Beau earned the right to choose to which half of the bracket he plays in,” Kellogg said. “No matter what the matches are, we know there will be some great tennis on the court.”

Cheng and Macalutas will face off against Fuertes and Ramirez in the top half of the doubles bracket, while the other two Valencia teams will play the other semifinal match.


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