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CIF tennis: First loss is last loss

Valencia loses in second round to Beverly Hills

Posted: May 14, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 14, 2011 1:55 a.m.

All it takes is a couple of points and it can all come tumbling down.

Valencia boys tennis dropped three neck-and-neck sets early in its CIF-Southern Section Division II match against Beverly Hills and couldn't recover, losing 12-6 at Beverly Hills High School on Friday.

The Vikings (20-1) lost their first team match of the season and were thus eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.

It started when Valencia lost five of the first six sets, three of them after leading early on.

All three doubles teams led by a game at one point in their opening sets but all ended up losing by a single serve break.

"They had quite a few horses out there with a lot of experience," said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg.
Of the nine Beverly Hills starters, six of them regularly compete in Unites States Tennis Association tournaments according to Kellogg. One of those players, Donovan Sue, is No. 62 in the 18-year old USTA open rankings.

Sue swept Valencia 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in singles.

"That kind of experience is going to help you out when push comes to shove in close matches," Kellogg said.

One of Sue's wins came against Valencia junior J.R. Macalutas, who held a perfect 22-0 record in Foothill League singles sets this season.

He won his other two sets on the day 6-0 against Eric Busi and 6-3 past Sam Farzani.

After the Normans (8-8) took an early 5-1 lead, Valencia fought back and snatched a few wins later in the day.

All three Vikings singles beat Busi, including a narrow 7-6 (7-2) victory from Evan Tikka in the No. 3 spot.

Though Kellogg knew what her team was up against coming in, she never considered straying from the usual lineup.

"People are what they are on paper," Kellogg said of Beverly Hills' lineup. "But that doesn't mean that you can't take a set off of them."

In doubles, Valencia's Anders Jansson and Joey Fernicola defeated Abhay Singh and Cosimo Bocchi 6-3.

Singh and Bocchi also dropped a set to Vikings John Schmidt and Russell Del Rosario.

"They were just a really deep team," Kellogg said of Beverly Hills. "It was a tough lineup."

Tikka, Jansson, Schmidt, Del Rosario and singles player Tayven Townsend are the senior starters the Foothill League champions will lose to graduation.

Macalutas and Jansson will compete in next week's CIF-Southern Section Individual prelims as a doubles pairing, as will Schmidt and Fernicola.



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