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CIF tennis: Foothill Leaguers exit early at Individuals

Tough draws lead to losses at CIF tourney; Valencia doubles each get win before losing

Posted: May 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Often times, the CIF-Southern Section boys tennis Individual tournament simply comes down to draws.

In Friday’s preliminary rounds at Cate School in Carpinteria, Foothill League players didn’t draw well, especially on the singles side.

None of the six participants from local teams advanced beyond day 1 of the tournament.

West Ranch freshman Harrison Collins may have gotten the most difficult draw, facing the bracket’s No. 1 seed Blake Mackall out of Cate School.

Despite a quick start, Collins was defeated in two sets, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round by the Condor League champion playing at his home court.

Collins managed to win two break points off him in the first two games of the opening set and brought several others to deuce, but in the end, Mackall’s powerful left-handed forehand was too much to overcome.

“He started out well, and the kid overwhelmed him a little bit,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker.

Foothill League singles champion and Canyon senior Jason Ferlianto came even closer, but was also ousted in the first round, losing 6-1, 7-6 (7-3).

As the No. 1 seed out of the Foothill League, Ferlianto was mistakenly matched up with another No. 1 seed from Oaks Christian, according to Canyon head coach Ceil Miller.

“He is an exceptional player, and they always say, ‘It’s the luck of the draw,’ and there’s nothing else you can do,” Miller said.

The doubles side was more successful, as two Valencia pairings advanced past the first round before their days ended in the following round.

A total of three rounds were played on the first day of the tournament, which was narrowed down to the top 16 singles and doubles teams by the end of the day.

For the league champion doubles team of J.R. Macalutas and Anders Jansson, it was a successful 6-1, 6-4 first-round win over a San Luis Obispo pair. Macalutas and Jansson were downed in round 2 by a team from Santa Barbara.

“That’s why a lot of the kids will double up and try to go to doubles, because all those guys at least won the first round,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg of the teams’ performances.

The final Vikings team of John Schmidt and Joey Fernicola also won in the first round before bowing out against a Camarillo pairing in round 2.

Kellogg was plenty satisfied with the showings considering neither Valencia team had played together much during the regular season.

“You’re talking about every league’s very top players, not just a few schools,” Kellogg said of the competition. “You’re talking about every school’s very best players.”

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