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Foothill League boys tennis: Centurions rally on the court

Saugus overcomes early deficit to beat Hart; doubles teams help Golden Valley beat Canyon

Posted: April 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Saugus was caught by surprise, but managed to find its stride before it was too late.

The Centurions pulled off a come-from-behind 11-7 win over Hart on Tuesday at Saugus High after falling behind 7-2 early on.

The comeback began when Saugus’ No. 3 doubles team of Kevin Okimoto and Josh Hill rallied from a 4-1 deficit to win a set 7-5 over Hart’s Tommy LeBat and Cody Berlioz.

That sparked a streak of nine straight sets won by Saugus (5-5, 3-2) to finish off the Indians.

“I just told them that they needed to focus on their next couple of sets because the match wasn’t over yet,” Hardbarger said of the comeback. “We were just walking around in a daze for the entire first round.”

The turnaround was also helped when No. 3 singles player Tristin Thierry beat Hart No. 1 David Afework 6-2.

Afework won his other sets 6-3, 6-3 despite being bothered by a sore back.

“It was just matchups,” said Hart head coach Chris Mansfield. “We were up 5-2 in No. 1 doubles and one of my players got injured. They end up losing that set 7-5. Then my No. 1 singles gets hurt, but I don’t want to make excuses. It was a good match.”

LeBat and Berlioz also won two sets for Hart (5-6, 2-3) by scores of 6-4 and 6-3.

The Saugus doubles team of Chris Poursayadi and Grant Vaziri won two sets 6-1 and 6-3.

Golden Valley 11, Canyon 7

As the day progressed, Golden Valley began to wear down Canyon, especially in doubles play.

The Grizzlies (5-5, 1-4) won six of nine doubles sets to pull away for the victory.

Three of those wins came from the No. 1 pairing of Christian Navarro and Caleb Kim, which swept 6-1, 6-2, 6-1.

“For a while there I thought, ‘Boy, did we underestimate Canyon here?’” said Golden Valley head coach Josh Stimac. “Their boys are playing really well.”

Particularly, Jason Ferlianto played well for Canyon (3-8, 0-5), winning all three of his sets 6-3, 6-0, 6-0.

The only three games he lost were against Golden Valley’s Myles Moore, who won additional sets 6-0 and 6-1.

“For a good balanced team, I would love if every time for my No. 1 player, for Myles, to go out and win at least two,” Stimac said.

Moore has a 12-3 record in league play so far.

The Grizzlies also got two wins apiece from singles player Brian Park and the doubles team of Jonathan Lee and Chris Allas.


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