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Foothill League boys tennis: Canyon survives a surprise

Cowboys singles help team edge out a young Hart squad

Posted: April 13, 2010 10:05 p.m.
Updated: April 14, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Joseph Reyes of Hart returns a shot against Canyon at Hart on Tuesday.

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Canyon boys tennis prevailed in a close 11-7 win over Hart in Foothill League play on Tuesday at Hart High.

Although Canyon entered the match the heavy favorite, the Cowboys (9-3, 3-2) had to hold back a surprising Hart team.

Hart made a charge with its doubles teams, taking six sets in the match.

“With West Ranch and us going toe to toe for second place in league, no match is easy,” said Canyon head coach Kent Ganevsky.

Yet, Canyon’s singles players picked up the slack, winning eight of nine sets.

Canyon junior Jason Ferlianto swept 6-0, 6-0, 6-1.

“It’s important to stay focused. People talk about playing in matches the same way you play in practice,” Ferlianto said. “But the matches themselves are practice, too.”

Ferlianto was helped by teammate Matt Kincaid, who also swept 6-1, 6-1, 6-1, with senior Kevin Snovicky capturing two sets of his own 7-5, 6-1, 2-6.

The Indians were led by their reliable doubles team of seniors Kevin Tanner and Austin Morgan, who built upon their status as Foothill League’s second overall doubles team by sweeping their sets 7-5, 6-3, 6-0.

“Our scrappy play is a true art form,” Morgan said.

Fellow senior Joe Reyes had the lone breakthrough for Hart’s singles, capturing his first set 6-2.

Canyon’s doubles team of Harry Lee and Corey Yamaoka won two sets 6-1, 6-3. Kevin Nuygen, who started his season at Canyon on JV, continued his success with doubles partner Alex DeGuzman as they captured one set 6-3.

With only three senior starters rounding out a lineup of mainly underclassmen, Hart (2-10, 1-4) has struggled this year.

“You have to always play to win, play aggressive. Our young guys have to make sure that they play the entire set according to their gameplan. You can’t play the score and get cautious,” said Indians head coach Chris Mansfield.

Mansfield’s young doubles teams of Brandon Dam and Blake Coffey, and Jon Levy and Dan Xue proved that they can assert themselves, each grabbing one set.

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