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Saugus Tennis tries to end on a high note

Posted: April 23, 2008 2:41 a.m.
Updated: June 24, 2008 5:02 a.m.
The Saugus boys varsity tennis team swept Golden Valley 18-0 on Tuesday on the Grizzlies' home court.

Saugus' No.1 seed, Jordan Ta, allowed his opponents to win only one game, as he was successful in all his sets 6-1, 6-0, 6-0.

"I was playing really smart today," Ta said. "I was placing the ball well and playing into their weakness which is their backhand.

In the last meeting between the two teams, Saugus (7-9, 4-5) allowed the Grizzlies to win one set. Ta was sure the team would come out this time with a sweep.

"I knew we could come in here today and win and get the 18-0 sweep." he said.

The Centurions came into the match down two players due to flu and injury and head coach Allan Hardbarger looked to JV players, sophomore Spencer Parks and freshman Nikko Dizon, for support on the doubles side.

Parks and Dizon, who came into the match seeded No. 3, won their sets 6-3, 7-5, 6-3.

"The JV players were big for us today," Hardbarger said. "I'm glad that they were able to come through for us."

Although the Centurions had a win Tuesday, they are no longer in playoff contention because of a tough loss to Canyon last week.

"It's hard to keep the team motivated after such a tough loss," Hardbarger said. "But we do still have a lot to look forward to."

Hardbarger still wants his team to finish the season on a high note.

"We are looking to end the season strong," he said. "We would like to end as a .500 team and we can do so with a win against West Ranch on Thursday."

West Ranch, which is currently No. 2 in league behind the undefeated Valencia Vikings, defeated Saugus in its last meeting 15-3.

"We played some good tennis in that match against West Ranch," Hardbarger said. "We are going to have some competitive practices these next few days leading into our match against them."

Along with the match against West Ranch, Hardbarger says that Saugus is looking forward to competing in the Foothill League Tournament where the league's top singles players and double teams will compete.

Despite having graduated most of the team's top seniors last year, Hardbarger says that this burgeoning team will continue to get better.

"Our underlying goal this season was to improve and play competitive matches," Hardbarger said. "I am satisfied that we have done that this far."

All three of Saugus' singles players will be returning to the team next season.


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