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2011 All-SCV Boys Tennis Singles Team: Perfect storm

Valencia junior Macalutas didn’t lose during league

Posted: June 17, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 17, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Valencia High junior J.R. Macalutas stepped in to the No. 1 singles spot this season and went 22-0 in Foothill play and 55-5 overall.

 

It was a tennis season seemingly devoid of a dominant singles player in the Foothill League.

Or at least it was at the beginning of league play.

Yet somehow, J.R. Macalutas managed to run away with the title of the Santa Clarita Valley Boys Tennis Player of the Year in 2011.

He compiled a perfect record in league play, going 22-0 in a season full of blowout wins. He went 55-5 overall.

That included two victories over the eventual league singles individual champion Jason Ferlianto. Macalutas beat him 6-1 on March 29 and 7-6 (7-1) on April 21.

The two didn’t face off in the individual finals because Macalutas competed in doubles, where he claimed the title with teammate Anders Jansson.

Those two went on to compete in CIF Individuals, where they defeated a pairing from San Luis Obispso High School 6-1, 6-4 before losing 0-6, 4-6 to Santa Barbara High in the second round.

Though Macalutas was subbed out several times throughout the season, he brought his best tennis in situations his team needed him the most.

Against a formidable West Ranch singles lineup, he swept all six sets in the two matchups with the league’s runner-up.

That included wins of 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 that keyed a narrow 10-8 win over the Wildcats on April 12.

Though he usually appeared casual and light-hearted off the court, Macalutas competed with as much fire as many of the top tennis players in the area.

He competed to the end, beating United States Tennis Association-ranked Sam Farzani 6-3 in a CIF-Southern Section Division II playoff loss to Beverly Hills in the second round.

Macalutas stepped into the No. 1 singles spot after 2010 Valencia graduates Tyler Gottshall and Ben Inchalik went on to play tennis at Division I colleges.

It was a big responsibility for the junior, especially given the Vikings’ tradition of excellence in Foothill tennis.

Even with the pressure, Macalutas never tripped up, and he helped his team extend its league winning streak to 51 matches.

Next year, he could extend it even further.

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