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Golden Valley tennis sees school-best run come to end

Posted: May 8, 2013 10:05 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2013 10:05 p.m.
 

The most successful boys tennis season in Golden Valley High history ended Wednesday with the Grizzlies losing 16-2 to La Canada High in La Canada in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.

Golden Valley was simply overmatched by the second-place team in the Rio Hondo League.

“(They had) very experienced players, but my guys played well,” said Golden valley head coach Josh Stimac. “I can’t hang down. I was impressed with my guys.”

Golden Valley (9-9) got its set wins from its steady singles duo of sophomore Brandon Yu and senior Brian Park.

Yu won a set 7-5, dropping the other two 3-6, 0-6.

Park won his set 6-1 and lost 1-6, 2-6.

Both wins came against La Canada’s Chris Madsen.

Yu ends his season with a final overall record of 37-11.

“At the beginning of the season, Brandon came in and in his first match lost all three sets to Simi Valley. He seemed out of sorts. But as the season went on, he got better and better,” Stimac said. “Not only did he play better, but his leadership ability got better.”

Golden Valley had its most trouble on the day with La Canada’s No. 1 singles player Joshua Kim, who won 6-0, 6-2, 6-0.

The Grizzlies got into the first round with a 9-9 (81-76 games win) over South Hills High on Tuesday in the wild-card match.

Golden Valley finished in fourth place in the Foothill League this season.

“At the beginning of this season, I sat our guys down. Our goal was to get into the playoffs. I wanted to do it the easy way by taking second or third (in league),” Stimac said. “That didn’t happen, but the work we did in the preseason and during the league season to make it into wild-card round, get one win under our belt and to finish 9-9 is huge.”

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