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Local tennis season ends for locals at CIF-SS individual playoffs

Posted: May 22, 2009 9:59 p.m.
Updated: May 23, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
It was a rough day at the CIF-Southern Section Individual Prelims in Carpenteria Friday for the Foothill League boys tennis participants.

None of the six players from the Foothill League were able to make it past the second round as Valencia’s top doubles teams, Jordan Hovis of West Ranch and Tyler Gottshall of Valencia were all eliminated.

“Obviously, we would have liked to have won some more matches, but this is such a great opportunity for our players,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “This is a chance for Tyler to keep growing and for our doubles teams to get to be a part of something they hadn’t had a chance to do yet. Four of the guys who made it from our team will be back next year so this is a very valuable event for our team.”

Gottshall defeated Miles Diaz from Don Basco Cristo Rey 6-1. 6-1 in his first match before falling 7-5, 6-2 to Chris Kenny of Harvard Westlake.

Hovis was bounced 6-2, 6-1 by Thousand Oaks’ Jack Sanford in the first round.

“I think Jordan played like he was a little tired,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker. “It has been so long since he lost his last match that I think being perfect like he had been eventually takes its toll. He had been in some amazing matches, and eventually you are bound to have an off day. That’s not to take anything away from the guy that beat him, but I think with all the tennis Jordan has played this year that he finally hit the point where it was time for his season to end.”

On the doubles side, Anders Jansson and Ronny Kimelman from Valencia won their first match against Wyatt O’Roke and Aaron Chen of Villanova Prep 6-1, 6-1, but they were eliminated by Dennis Linn and Marcos Giron from Thousand Oaks, 6-2, 6-0.

“Anders and Ronny got a tough draw,” Kellogg said. “Those were two of the best players in the entire state so to have to face them in the second round was bad luck, but also a great opportunity to match up with some phenomenal competition.”

Valencia’s team of Matt Cheng and J.R. Macalutas fell to San Luis Obispo’s top duo, 4-6, 4-6, leaving the Foothill League 2-4 on the afternoon.

“It was a beautiful day at a beautiful location,” Spiecker said. “We got to have lunch on the beach, and have a great day to enjoy tennis. Unfortunately, when you are up against competition like this there is no room for mistakes, but we know that we may not get a player like Jordan in our program ever again.”

kdamore@the-signal.com

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