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Valencia's David Myers and Cameron Braun: Side change

Former touted Valencia pairing has moved to different positions to help the team

Posted: March 18, 2013 10:34 p.m.
Updated: March 18, 2013 10:34 p.m.

Valencia senior David Myers, left, and Cameron Braun were last year's Signal All-Santa Clarita Valley Doubles Team of the Year.

 

A year ago, the Valencia Vikings boys tennis pairing of Cameron Braun and David Myers walked all over the Foothill League when they went undefeated in league play before capturing a first place trophy at the year-end Foothill League tournament.

This year, Braun and Myers return as seniors poised to dominate league opponents and continue their impressive undefeated streak.

But if they are to do exactly that, they’ll do so without each other’s help, as the formidable duo once known as the “hell hounds” have gone their separate ways in 2013.

“We just wanted to try different things,” says Myers, the tall and lanky Vikings standout whose quick reflexes and powerful overheads at the net have served to demoralize opponents over the past two seasons. “We needed to fill a gap in our third singles spot, and after trying different partners, both Cameron and I found situations that worked.”

The Vikings currently have Myers paired with Vikings junior Sam Rebele, who was an All-Foothill League performer last year with now-graduated doubles partner Jonathan Ramirez.

Braun, a fiery personality with an aggressive, groundstroke-heavy game, will dabble in both singles and doubles. When Braun isn’t in as Valencia’s No. 3 singles player, he’ll be paired with senior Chris Pope, who inversely is making a transition from singles, where he received All-Foothill League honors a year ago as the Vikings’ No. 3, to doubles.

“We both are really aggressive, we close the net hard and serve big,” Braun says.

It’s not unprecedented that teams move doubles players to singles, and vice versa, to fill team needs. But still, Foothill League opponents will feel that they dodged a bullet in not having to face the two this season.

But according to Braun, the way the Vikings roster is organized makes Valencia that much tougher.

“We actually have more team balance the way it is now,” Braun says. “It’s interesting the thought of David and I trying to stay undefeated but separately.”

While Braun and Myers’ split is perhaps the most noteworthy, it is only one of the many changes that Valencia has made to its lineup heading into the 2013 league season.

While it may seem strange that Valencia has rearranged its pieces the way it has, especially considering the amount of returning talent that performed at an all-league level a season ago, that is just part of the Valencia tradition.

The Vikings have placed a virtual stranglehold on the rest of the Foothill League, and in doing so Valencia’s biggest competition has become itself, seemingly attempting to outdo past Vikings accomplishments one set at a time.

“All of the people that have come and gone ... we all learned from them,” Myers says. “Now it’s exciting for us (seniors) to sort of show people the ropes before we leave.”

But Braun and Myers know there is a lot left to achieve, whether it be the addition of more Foothill League accolades or playoff success.

“We have our own personal goals to accomplish and they aren’t easy, this year we will see just how much of that stuff we can get to doing,” Braun said.

Whether or not Braun and Myers do it together as a doubles team, the Valencia Vikings boys tennis program will benefit just the same.

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