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Hart boys tennis falls to San Marino in rout

Posted: May 10, 2013 9:47 p.m.
Updated: May 10, 2013 9:47 p.m.

Hart doubles teammates Michael Lange, left, and Sam Delgado compete against San Marino in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs on Friday at Hart High.

 

For the Hart Indians boys tennis team, the cause was rather simple.

They ran into the best — at least that’s how Hart head coach Chris Mansfield put it after the San Marino Titans swept Hart out of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs with an 18-0 second-round rout.

“Best team we’ve played,” Mansfield said. “They should make it all the way to the finals. They’re the best team.”

San Marino (16-0) won the Rio Hondo League this season and entered the postseason as the No. 1 seed.

The Indians struggled with the Titans up and down the lineup, with Hart taking just nine singles games and 14 doubles games in the match.

The doubles team of Thomas LaBat and Luke Distad came closer than anyone to a win, when they went to a tiebreak with San Marino’s No. 3 doubles team of Mark Uw and Vincent Cheng before losing 7-6 (7-5).

Hart’s No. 1 singles player Elliot Miller lost 6-4 to Daniel Gealer and 6-3 to Ryan Cheng, but other than that few sets were very close.

“I was happy with all the kids. They played their strongest (today)” Mansfield said.

With the loss, the Indians end the season in which they finished second in the Foothill League with a final record of 14-7 overall.

“It was a fantastic season. The kids improved every game, every week,” Mansfield said.

The roster will see a lot of turnover, with Labat, Brandon Dam, Daniel Wong, Max Schwartz and Patrick Sayegh all graduating.

“What we’re losing is really hard. Tommy and Brandon we had for four years,” said Mansfield before turning toward what he sees as a promising future. “We’ve got a great future. A lot of young kids, but they’re very good.”

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