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Grizzlies Rock Littlerock

Posted: March 5, 2008 12:45 a.m.
Updated: May 6, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Golden Valley's Elbert Payra makes a serve during his second set against Littlerock. Payra didn't surrender a single point in three sets on Tuesday at home.

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The Golden Valley boys tennis team made quick work of Littlerock at home on Tuesday.

The Grizzlies only lost one set, routing the Lobos 17-1.

With the win, Golden Valley improved to 3-1 on the season, winning its third straight match.

"I think they are eager to learn, eager to better their skills," said Grizzlies head coach Diana Hardesty. "They just want to improve and do well. That's why we're doing well so far. In the practice they work so hard that in the matches they know what they need to do."

The only lost set for Golden Valley was in doubles. No. 1 singles player Elbert Payra swept all three of sets with scores of 6-0.

"His percent of accuracy of serves that got in the first time was at least 80 percent which was pretty amazing,"

Hardesty said.

Payra said it's the first time in a while he's swept all three of his opponents without allowing a point.

"My serves felt good today," Payra said. "I was pretty happy with that and I just went from there."

Andrew Roque and Calvin Kim, Golden Valley's No. 2 and No. 3 singles players, respectively, swept all of their sets with no opponent winning more than two games in a set.

Kim was only recently moved up from the junior varsity team.

"His forehand is amazing," Hardesty said. His placement of the ball is spectacular. It's hard to beat him on placement of the ball."

Hardesty said her doubles teams are new, so they are still feeling each other out and trying to figure out how to work together.

They had little trouble on Tuesday, with No. 3 duo Radhesh Devendran and Edric Kim dropping the only set of the day, a 6-2 loss to Littlerock's No. 2 doubles team of Kyeona Rokryru and Jarred Mira.

Golden Valley's No. 2 pair of John Choi and Justin Kona won two of their sets 6-0.

Hardesty has a young squad in her first year as head coach having two seniors and one junior on the team.

"My varsity would be a phenomenal JV team," Hardesty said. "We are doing very well consistently and we are so young. It's good. They are working hard."

They will try to extend their winning streak to four in a row on Thursday at home against Knight.

Calvin Kim said the reason the team has done well the recently is simple: They are enjoying it.

"We fool around a lot but we encourage each other," he said. "When we play we are serious but we have fun together."

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