Big effort in CIF victory

Tennis: La Cañada shows its strength in notching 12-6 boys’ playoff win against Anaheim Canyon

May 13, 2010|By Jeff Tully

The La Cañada boys’ tennis team is not a typical third-place league squad.

Playing in a Rio Hondo League that featured three squads ranked among the top eight in final CIF Southern Section Division II poll, the Spartans’ league standing might be deceptive.

Despite being seeded eighth in the division for the playoffs, the Spartans had to play a wild-card match Tuesday. Led by a balanced singles and doubles attack, La Cañada was able to post a 12-6 victory against visiting Anaheim Canyon.


“I have had a lot of very good individual players over the years,” said Spartans Coach Will Moravec, who has headed the program for 17 years. “But this has to be the best team that I’ve ever coached here. We just have a lot of depth, and we have 10 or 11 players who can help us.”

The Spartans (15-6) won six sets in singles and six in doubles, as just one duo was able to earn a sweep.

That sweep was turned in by the doubles tandem of Grayson Frazier and Trent Jones, which won, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. The doubles team has lost just three sets this season.

In other doubles sets, the pair of Leeho Lim and Matt Faber won two, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, and Michael Choi and Arsen Khachatryan won one, 6-3.

In singles, the squad received two set wins each from Greg Lee, 0-6, 6-0, 6-2, Aidan Lynch, 0-6, 6-0, 6-2, and Joshua Kim, 0-6, 6-1, 6-0.

“We think we have enough depth to hopefully make a good run in the playoffs,” Moravec said. “I think we have the talent to do that.”

The Spartans didn’t have an answer for Canyon (10-8 and third from the Century League) No. 1 singles Denis Nguyen, who swept his three sets by 6-0 scores. Nguyen is nationally ranked in junior tennis, and the junior hasn’t lost a set in three seasons with the Comanches.

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