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Vikings in win-win situations at Foothill tennis finals

League singles and doubles champions all hail from Valencia

Posted: May 2, 2013 9:18 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2013 9:18 p.m.

Valencia doubles team Sam Rebele, left and David Myers at Paseo Club on Thursday.

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The Foothill League boys tennis finals on Thursday weren’t all that different from your typical Valencia Vikings practice.

Vikings against Vikings.

Valencia occupied all the finals sports in singles and doubles.

Eventually, it was sophomore Chad LeDuff who became this year’s Foothill League singles champion and Sam Rebele and David Myers are this year’s Foothill doubles champions.

“It’s pretty much the same thing. A little more pressure I guess,” LeDuff said of the finals and regular practices sharing similarities.

LeDuff wasn’t just the singles champion, he was the dominant singles champion.

The No. 1 seeded singles player in the tournament defeated No. 4 Elliot Miller of Hart 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinal.

Valencia’s Joey Fernicola had to work to defeat Golden Valley’s Brandon Yu 7-6, 6-0 in the other semifinal.

That set up the final in which LeDuff went through Fernicola 6-1, 6-0.

LeDuff said he didn’t think the score really told the story.

Fernicola was worn down by Yu and worn down more by allergies.

Nonetheless, LeDuff, who was a perfect 25-0 in Foothill League play this season and with eight wins in this tournament moves to 33-0, handed Fernicola his second and third set losses of the league season.

Though they didn’t finish before the doubles championship, they knew what was going on the other side as teammates Rebele and Myers were battling Cameron Braun and Chris Pope.

“We were still watching during the changeover,” LeDuff said. “Their match was good. We took extra time to watch it. It was almost like they didn’t know each other. Both wanted to win so much. It’s the best I’ve seen David and Sam play all year.”

Rebele and Myers dictated the match early against the undefeated Pope and Braun.

They played error free and some early points help them build their confidence.

“I thought the first few games were the most helping factors of the match, especially in the beginning,” Rebele said. “We didn’t expect to be breaking them so quickly. Returns and volleys were good. We wanted to keep the momentum on.”

In the end, Rebele and Myers, who were 25-1 in the Foothill and 52-1 coming into the tournament, knocked off the No. 1 seeded team 6-1, 6-2.

Rebele called it an upset.

The No. 2 seeded Rebele and Myers got to the finals thanks to a 6-3, 6-3 victory earlier in the day over No. 3 seeded Joseph Hwang and Kevin Saginian of Valencia.

Pope and Braun defeated Hart’s Tommy LaBat and Luke Distad in a hard-fought 7-5, 6-4 victory.

The two singles and two doubles finalists qualified for the CIF-Southern Section individual postseason on May 23.





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