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’Cats ousted by Bruins

Hovis and Martin not enough to defeat No. 1 seed

Posted: May 16, 2009 9:02 p.m.
Updated: May 17, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The team careers of the two most successful boys tennis singles players in West Ranch history came to a close Saturday as the Wildcats fell 12-6 at home to Brentwood in the CIF-Southern Section Division II second round match.

Seniors Jordan Hovis and Beau Martin were not enough to lead the Wildcats (13-4) past the top-ranked Bruins, although the duo did manage to split their six sets.

“It’s good to see that we have improved,” Hovis said. “It seems like a fitting way to end the season, losing to the best team. It’s not a bad way to go out.”

The Brentwood starters put on a dominant performance, losing only one set to the West Ranch contingent, but the Wildcats looked strong against the Bruins’ substitutes, narrowing the gap in the last group of sets.

Daniel McCall and Casey Grindon both took the two singles matches they played in before being subbed out.

Martin won a pair of matches against the Bruins’ backups, 6-1, 6-1. Hovis also scored a win in his final set of the afternoon, taking the frame 6-3.

“I’m always proud of how hard our guys play,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker. “This was a really good team we were up against, but there was no quit in how we played.”

Jeremy Ramirez and Julius Macalutas tallied the Wildcats only win over the Bruins starting doubles teams, beating Nicki Neisser and Victor Vu 6-3. Brentwoods depth proved to be a problem for the Wildcats.

“It’s sad that our season is over,” Martin said. “Getting the chance to play tennis here has given us the chance to grow as players and as people. It has taught us about life and how to be better men.”

Hovis’ season will continue in the CIF individual tournament Friday where he will look to build on top of his Foothill League singles title that he won last week at the Paseo Club.

“This was a tough day all around,” Hovis said. “It’s good that we hung in there like a team because this is the last time we will be out there together so I’ll always get to remember that.”


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