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Prep tennis: Signs of success ahead

Golden Valley has little trouble in final match before league

Posted: March 16, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 16, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Roughly three weeks into the season and after playing teams above and below its division, Golden Valley boys tennis picked up a little momentum in its final dual match before the start of Foothill League play.

The Grizzlies made quick work of Village Christian High of Sun Valley, winning 14-4 on Thursday at Golden Valley High School.

Freshman and No. 1 singles player Brandon Yu paced Golden Valley with three set victories of 6-1, 6-0 and 6-3.

“All the guys I played were pretty good,” Yu said. “We had a lot of fun. All those guys were pretty good, but when it came down to it, we came through.”

Yu represented three of six wins in singles play from Golden Valley (3-2), which saw an even more dominant showing from its doubles teams.

Eight out of nine doubles sets went in favor of the Grizzlies, who were able to sub in players later in the day against a Village Christian team that plays in CIF-Southern Section Division IV.

Golden Valley and the rest of the Foothill League reside in Division II.

“We might not be the best, but we’re getting there,” said Grizzlies doubles player Yash Shah. “We’re getting better.”

Shah teamed up with Chris Allas to win one set 6-1 before giving way to substitutes for the final set in the No. 2 doubles spot.

In the No. 1 doubles spot for Golden Valley was the senior pairing of Brandon Sen and Brian Park, who easily won their two sets on the day, 6-1, 6-0.

“The team morale is really good right now, the guys are having a lot of fun and that’s always key with tennis,” said Golden Valley head coach Josh Stimac.

Peter Song and Dong Kim also picked up three wins for the Grizzlies by scores of 6-0, 6-1, 6-1.

Golden Valley will conclude its preleague schedule on Saturday in the Spring Smash at Valencia High, which leads into Tuesday’s league opener against Canyon.

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