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Foothill League boys tennis prelims: Straight expectations

Top four seeds in singles, doubles advance at Foothill prelims

Posted: May 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Golden Valley singles player Myles Moore hits a return during the Foothill League prelims on Wednesday at the Paseo Club.

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Not everyone was playing in their usual spots at the Foothill League boys tennis prelims.

That didn’t change the fact that the top four seeds advanced as expected to the semifinals in both singles and doubles play on Wednesday at the Paseo Club.

The league’s top two teams for the regular season, Valencia and West Ranch, make up the majority of the field which will compete in today’s final rounds.

Last year’s singles champion, Valencia’s J.R. Macalutas, stepped away from his normal role and joined Anders Jansson as the No. 1 seed in the doubles field. The two advanced 6-0, 6-1 in the first round and 6-0, 6-0 in the second, quickly falling into place as playing partners.

The best-of-three sets format helped for the adjustment.

“If you don’t get a good warm-up and you play bad in the first set, you always have the next two to make it up,” said Jansson, who called Macalutas “naturally good at doubles.”

Today, the pairing will face off against Brandon Lee and Ryan Yoon of West Ranch, which won 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-3 in the first and second rounds, respectively.

Canyon got into the mix on the singles side. Senior Jason Ferlianto, the No. 1 seed, will match up with Golden Valley’s lone representative, No. 4 seed Myles Moore, today in the semifinal.

Ferlianto, the singles league champion three years ago, beat Hart’s Brandon Dam 6-0, 6-0 in the first round before knocking out Valencia’s Evan Tikka 6-1, 6-0.

“Luckily, I didn’t have to spend too much time on the court,” Ferlianto said. “I had a long break between my matches.”

Moore won 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) in the first round and 6-4, 6-2 in the second.

The other singles semifinal will feature West Ranch’s Harrison Collins, the No. 2 seed, against third-seeded Tayven Townsend of Valencia.

Collins won both matchups between the two during the league season.

“In league play, you could play anyone. You don’t know who you’re going to play,” Collins said. “Here, you know you’re playing some of the best in league, so it’s tough.”

Another Valencia-West Ranch competition will round out the doubles field on the second day of competition.

Valencia’s Joey Fernicola and John Schmidt, the No. 3 seed, will take on the No. 2 West Ranch team of Evan Abbott and Baron Von Kessler, who also normally plays singles.

“Me and Evan are solid,” Von Kessler said. “I expect us to come out and play well and win.”

If they don’t win, it sets up a potential matchup between two Valencia pairings in the finals.

If the seedings hold true in singles, it will be Ferlianto up against Collins for the title.

Moore would like to think the seedings don’t tell the whole story.

“It’s my senior year and I’m just trying to show people Golden Valley is good and get our name out there,” Moore said.

The action begins at 11 a.m. today at the Paseo Club.

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