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Bedrock: Jordan Hovis named All-SCV singles player of the year

Career of Foothill League champ ememplifies future of West Ranch tennis

Posted: June 16, 2009 9:12 p.m.
Updated: June 17, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
West Ranch’s boys tennis program has developed as its top player Jordan Hovis has.

When Hovis arrived on the Wildcat tennis courts as a freshman, West Ranch did not even have a varsity team yet.

Four years later, the Wildcats have established themselves as one of the best programs in the Foothill League and Hovis took home honors as the top player in the league by taking the singles tournament in May.

Hovis, whose dedication and continual improvement have defined the work ethic embodied by West Ranch tennis, won every second-half set he had in Foothill League play, avenging losses to Valencia’s Tyler Gottshall and Canyon’s Jason Ferlianto.

On April 20, Hovis handed Gottshall his first Foothill League defeat of the season when a late break propelled him to a 6-4 win as West Ranch nearly defeated first-place Valencia, falling 10-8.

A week later, he topped Ferlianto to secure the top spot in the Foothill League singles tournament.

Hovis continued his dominance at the event, held at the Paseo Club, scoring a pair of 6-1, 6-1 wins during the first day of play and winning another pair of matches on the second afternoon to take the title.

Hovis disposed of teammate Beau Martin before rallying to beat Gottshall in the final.

Hovis’ knack for reaching down defined his season and the Foothill League final was no different. After dropping the opening set 3-6 to Gottshall, Hovis took the next two sets 6-3 to earn the title.

Hovis won all three of his sets when West Ranch picked up its first postseason win in school history, beating Bonita at La Verne in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.

The ride ended for Hovis the following week when Brentwood disposed of the Wildcats in the second round.

Still, Hovis closed his West Ranch career with a win, which was fitting since he tallied a 145-27 record during his Wildcat career, the best winning percentage in school history.

Hovis’ high school career ended on a high note, and he hopes to build upon it on the court in college, where he is getting prepared to play at Concordia.

If the next four years are anything like the last four, Concordia tennis is in for a treat.

kdamore@the-signal.com

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