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Foothill tennis teams are fighting for postseason

Posted: April 16, 2013 9:43 p.m.
Updated: April 16, 2013 9:43 p.m.
 

 

The way this season is going, it seems there isn’t much of a secret which team will win when Valencia boys tennis is involved.

The Vikings took care of business, dispatching the Golden Valley Grizzlies 13-5 on Tuesday at Golden Valley to improve to 12-3 overall and 7-0 in league.

But the true story came in defeat.

The Grizzlies (8-6, 3-4), a team fighting for a playoff spot, put up a fight that even impressed Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg and may have given Golden Valley confidence as it moves into its final three matches of league.

“They did the best of anybody against us,” Kellogg said of Golden Valley. “They did a great job. Brandon Yu and Brian Park are really representing that team nicely and they’re playing some great tennis. The conditions were a little tough out there but they were tough for everybody.”

On a blustery day at Golden Valley, Valencia’s doubles teams once again dominated, dropping just seven games on the day and sweeping all nine sets.

The team of Chris Pope and Cameron Braun didn’t drop a game, winning 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.

But it wasn’t entirely a setback for the Grizzlies.

“I told my doubles teams I would call it a win in my head if they could get three games off their doubles teams,” said Golden Valley head coach Josh Stimac. “I had one team (in Anthony Oguindo and Justin Dulay) that did that against David Myers and Sam Rebele. They did it legit (losing 6-3).”

The Vikings’ Chad LeDuff was once again strong, winning 6-1, 6-0 in the two sets he played.

“All credit to Chad LeDuff,” Stimac said. “He has placed himself head and shoulders above the rest of Foothill League competition.”

Golden Valley did find success in singles, though, as Brandon Yu won two sets 7-5, 7-5 before leaving with a sore foot.

Hart 16, Saugus 2

The Indians made quick work of Saugus on Tuesday afternoon.

Tommy LaBat and Luke Distad were impressive in doubles, dropping just two games on their way to sweeping all three sets in Hart’s victory.

The doubles teams continued to dominate down the order, as Max Schwartz teamed with Daniel Wong for two set wins and Andrew Ketterling for a third. Michael Long and Sam Delgado won two doubles sets.

In singles, the Indians (12-5, 6-1) were equally strong, winning eight sets.

Saugus fell to 7-9 overall, 1-6 in league.

Elliot Miller led the way, sweeping all three singles sets while only dropping three games along the way.

Brandon Dam and Stephen Bock won two sets apiece and Patrick Sayegh won one set, his first singles set of the season, according to head coach Chris Mansfield.

With the win, the Indians stay just one game back of Foothill League leading Valencia at 6-1 and are 12-5 overall.

West Ranch 15, Canyon 3

The Wildcats are in a battle for the playoffs at 4-3 in league after a 15-3 victory over Canyon on Tuesday afternoon.

Canyon dropped to 0-7 in league.

Like elsewhere in the Santa Clarita Valley, conditions were poor.

“Very windy and cold,” said West Ranch head coach Eric Spiecker. “Maybe it was a factor, but the kids played through.”

Now the Wildcats turn their attention to Saugus as they try to pass up Golden Valley and move into sole possession of third place.

“It should be fun,” Spiecker said. “It’s going to be exciting.”

 

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