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Foothill League boys tennis: Vikings pour it on

Valencia’s Macalutas wins singles title; Gottshall, Inchalik team up to take doubles championship

Posted: May 6, 2010 11:16 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Valencia sophomore J.R. Macalutas returns a shot during his match against Canyon's Jason Ferlianto at the Paseo Club on Thursday. Macalutas won the Foothill League singles title.

Nine Valencia players entered the Foothill League’s final tournament of the season on Thursday.

Seven received medals on Thursday as Valencia dominated the second day of play at the Foothill League finals at the Paseo Club on Thursday.

Leading the Viking charge was sophomore J.R. Macalutas, who overcame muscle cramps and former league champion Jason Ferlianto to capture Valencia’s first league singles title in three years, 7-5, 6-3.

“He tried going for more on his shots once he saw that I was cramping,” Macalutas said. “But I just stayed focused, and that’s Viking tennis for you, can’t be learned, can’t be taught.”

Macalutas’ chances were improved when teammates Ben Inchalik and Loyola Marymount-bound Tyler Gottshall decided to prepare for the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs by playing doubles.

The move paid off, as they went 8-0 in sets and 48-10 in games on the way to a first-place finish.

Unfortunately for Inchalik and Gottshall, their victory had to come at the price of teammates Daniel Bingham and Daniel Bogan, who were the league’s top team in the regular season with a record of 29-1.

Rounding out Valencia’s impressive showing was John Schmidt and Sam Yun, who defeated Hart’s Austin Morgan and Kevin Tanner, 6-2, 6-3, to finish in third place.

“We really had the top six players in league regardless of the order,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “It’s so hard to pick which one of these guys was the most valuable this season because of that.”

In addition to the success of the seasoned Vikings, some of the Foothill League’s up-and-coming talent was on display as well.

West Ranch sophomore Baron Von Kessler defeated Cowboy Matt Kincaid 6-4, 7-6 to finish in third place in singles.

Now that the teams have played their final Foothill League matches, Canyon, West Ranch, and Valencia will all look to win key matches in the postseason.

“We have experience and everyone is good, flat out,” Ferlianto said. “I can’t even think about a potential weakness we may have, it is going to be fun.”

The playoff draw will be released on Monday.


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