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Valencia tennis dominant in claiming 8th straight title

Valencia wins 70th straight league match and 8th Foothill title

Posted: April 23, 2013 10:40 p.m.
Updated: April 23, 2013 10:40 p.m.

David Myers, left, and Sam Rebele of Valencia tennis doubles against Hart at Valencia on Tuesday. The pair won three sets, 7-6, 6-0, 6-1 on the day. The victory secured Valencia's seventh straight Foothill League title.

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The Hart Indians had to do something to stop the oncoming locomotive that is Valencia Vikings boys tennis.

So Hart changed its lineup and stacked its doubles side with the hopes of stealing enough wins to knock off the Vikings.

Good strategy.

But the locomotive went through it.

Valencia defeated Hart 16-2 on Tuesday and with it claimed its 70th straight Foothill League win and eighth straight Foothill title.

“It still means a lot,” said Valencia singles player and junior Joey Fernicola. “Every year we’ve won it’s still a big achievement. We always work hard to achieve it.”

Hart (13-6 overall, 7-2 Foothill League) managed to get two wins on the doubles side and gave the Vikings a run for their money in two other sets.

The Indians shifted singles players Elliot Miller and Brandon Dam over to the doubles side to add to the strength provided by No. 1 doubles team Tommy LaBat and Luke Distad.

LaBat and Distad won one set 6-2 and pushed David Myers and Sam Rebele to the limit in a 7-6 (7-3) tiebreak loss.

Miller and Dam won a set 6-3.

“We were trying to stack and hope for the best,” Dam said. “We were hoping if Elliot and I got three and Tommy and

Luke got three and then get two more in doubles, maybe we could win it on games.”

It never reached that point.

Valencia’s singles players took care of business, dropping six games in a 9-0 sweep.

Chad LeDuff went through his three sets without dropping a game, Fernicola dropped just one and Brandon Miller stumbled in just five.

Myers and Rebele won their sets 7-6, 6-0 and 6-1.

“Great players who absolutely love tennis. They all have a passion for it,” Myers said on why his team has been so successful this year and previous ones. “We help each other to get better and take out our opponents as best as we can.”

Chris Pope and Cameron Braun added two more singles victories for the Vikings (14-3, 9-0) at 6-2, 6-4.

Foothill League play ends on Thursday for four of the teams, but Valencia and West Ranch play today because

LeDuff, Pope and Myers will be playing in the prestigious Ojai Tournament beginning on Thursday.

The Foothill League individual tournament is May 1 and May 2.

Hart has already clinched second place in the Foothill this season.

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