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Canyon’s path ends

Cowboys tennis falls in wild card, but the future could still be bright

Posted: May 12, 2009 9:36 p.m.
Updated: May 13, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Canyon singles player Jason Ferlianto serves against South Pasadena Tuesday at Canyon High.

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Canyon boys tennis found its way into the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs with a third-place Foothill League finish, but the Cowboys could not discover a path to get past South Pasadena at home Tuesday in the wild-card round, falling 10-8.

Despite a perfect day from top singles player Jason Ferlianto, the Cowboys’ season came to a close, due in large part to the performance of the back end of the Tigers varsity roster.

“I think today we showed that we have a lot of depth on our team, and that helped us build a lead and hold on to it,” said South Pasadena coach Mona Amerine. “Canyon has some great players, but we had the guys that we needed to get more points.”
Ferlianto won his three sets 6-4, 6-3 and by default due to an injury to Pasadena’s Ben Charney.

The performance was a strong bounceback effort for the Canyon sophomore after he battled a back injury over the past week and failed to defend the Foothill League singles title he won last year.

“I feel like my back is doing a lot better,” Ferlianto said. “I was more comfortable on the court today, and we almost pulled it out. It would have been great to get the win and pick up some more experience because we have a young team, but since we are young I know we have time to improve.”

The Cowboys will lose their top doubles team of Jun Song and David Lee to graduation. The duo closed out there Canyon careers with a pair of set wins.

“Almost our whole team is back so it’s a big advantage for us that a lot of our guys had the chance to get experience this year,” said Canyon head coach Kent Ganevsky. “We were one game away from pushing this thing to points today so I think we can look at it that we played really well. Our doubles took a while to get going, but we fought back, and everyone we sent out there battled.”

South Pasadena was paced by its top player, Max Smith, who won a pair of sets without dropping a point and an undefeated day from its doubles team of Sam Yang and Oliver Sutro, who won their three sets 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.

“Anytime you win a match 10-8 you have to feel fortunate,” Amerine said. “Our doubles picked us up because Canyon had a good singles day so we knew that our doubles teams had to be there for us, and they were.”

The Tigers clinched the match with a doubles win to take its 10th set of the day, making the score 10-6, before Canyon picked up the last two points of the day.

The win advances South Pasadena into the first round of the CIF-Southern Section where it will face Beverly Hills.

“I think when I look at this season, I’m able to look back on how our guys played and see that there was a clear improvement amongst this group,” Ganevsky said. “We played well under pressure on a number of occasions, and now we have a whole offseason to work on what we know we need to focus on.”


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