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Foothill tennis: Wildcats firm up No. 2 spot

West Ranch tops Canyon in battle for second place

Posted: April 22, 2010 10:45 p.m.
Updated: April 23, 2010 4:55 a.m.

West Ranch's Baron Von Kessler hits a shot on Thursday against Canyon at West Ranch High.

The West Ranch boys tennis team solidified itself as the No. 2 team in the Foothill League by edging Canyon 10-8 at West Ranch High School on Thursday.

The match was close all day, but the Wildcats never relinquished their small but secure lead.

"We tailored our lineup to be up after two rounds of play," said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker. "At 7-5, we were able to do that."

The Wildcats (5-6, 5-2) earned the victory through their play in doubles, winning seven sets to counter Canyon's strong singles lineup.

West Ranch's Brandon Lee and Wayne Moses swept their sets 7-5. 6-3, 6-2. Meanwhile, the Wildcats' teams of Julius Macalutas and Evan Abbott and Sabin Kim and Kirill Lipa picked up two sets apiece.

Despite its struggles in doubles, Canyon (10-4, 4-3) rebounded with solid play from its singles lineup.

Jason Ferlianto swept his three sets 6-1, 6-0, 6-3. Fellow Cowboy Kevin Snovicky won his final set 6-1.

For Canyon senior Matt Kincaid, however, capturing a set was no easy task.

After splitting his first two sets, Kincaid stormed back from a 3-0 deficit to pull out a dramatic 7-6 win.

"The other guy kept the ball in play and didn't give up any easy points, and it enabled (Kincaid) to find a groove and regain the confidence he had lost earlier. Great job by Matt," said Canyon head coach Kent Ganevsky.

Although the Wildcats gave the Cowboys fits in doubles, the Canyon duo of Harry Lee and Corey Yamaoka earned two sets 6-3, 6-4.

Just as Lee and Yamaoka provided key sets for a doubles lineup that had its share of problems, West Ranch sophomore Baron Von Kessler picked up two crucial wins in singles for the Wildcats.

Von Kessler, just a sophomore, won by scores of 6-1, 6-2 and turned in a solid effort in a 6-3 loss to Ferlianto.

"My win against Matt was the best I've played all year," Von Kessler said.

Like Von Kessler, Ali El Arabi won a set 6-4 for a victory that proved to be the deciding set of the match.


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