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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | September 22, 2010
It's on to Plan B for the La Cañada High girls' tennis tennis team. Plan A was to rely on senior Rachel Fox to be the team's star singles player and let things fall into place from there. That plan has been scratched, however. The Spartans are going to have to march on through the 2010 season without their "ace in the hole," as Coach Will Moravec had described her. Fox was ranked nationally when she led the Spartans to second place in Rio Hondo League in 2008, a year in which she placed third in the CIF singles tournament.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | March 2, 2011
La Cañada High boys' tennis Coach Will Moravec knows the upcoming spring season will look a lot different from last year, when the Spartans made a push to the CIF Southern Section Division II quarterfinals. "We should still qualify for CIF [playoffs] — hopefully, but you never know, sometimes it's a growing year where guys have to learn to play in new spots," Moravec said. Josh Kim, La Cañada's dominant singles player last year, will be called upon to lead the team in his sophomore year.
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By Timithie Gould | May 10, 2007
Spartan boys' tennis competed in the Rio Hondo League individuals tournament last weekend, sending their No. 1 singles player into the final rounds of competition. Freshman Greg Lee, seeded No. 4 in the tournament, lost in the semifinal match to San Marino senior Avan Gerganson, 6-2 and 6-1. "The future is bright for Greg," said Spartan Head Coach Will Moravec. "To be the fourth best in league and still have some years to go, that's great." Doubles team Daniel Oh and Dylan Fraser also took a loss from San Marino in the second round.
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By Timithie Gould | March 15, 2007
La Cañada boys' tennis has had a rivalry with league champion San Marino for as long as Head Coach Will Moravec can remember. That's quite a while, since Moravec has been coaching for the Spartans for 16 years. This could be the year, however. The Spartan line-up features a variety of players and talent on the court. "We have deep team this year," said Moravec. "That's new for La Cañada." The team lost three seniors from last year's roster, including their number one singles player and doubles team.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | October 4, 2011
LA CAÑADA - Both the La Cañada and South Pasadena high girls' tennis teams came into Tuesday's Rio Hondo League match looking to continue a strong start to the league season and remain undefeated. The host Spartans earned that right by getting sweeps from their No. 1 and 2 singles players and doubles teams in a 12-6 victory at home. La Cañada Coach Will Moravec said the win puts his team right where he expected coming into the season. "Our [preseason] goal was to come in second in league," Moravec said.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | April 27, 2011
Things didn't start out well for the La Cañada High boys' tennis team in its home match against Rio Hondo League rival South Pasadena Friday. The Spartans were playing without their regular No. 1 singles player, Joshua Kim, who was out with an injury, and Andre Danuns, filling in at the top spot, was down, 4-0, against the Tigers' Sean Wang in his first set of the day. Momentum began shifting back to La Cañada, however, as Danuns fought...
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By Timithie Gould | April 26, 2007
The frustration of the La Cañada tennis team was apparent Tuesday as players pounded the court, threw rackets and muttered obscenities. "When the situation gets this close, it's about who wants it more," said Head Coach Will Moravec. "We were playing not to lose." After three hours of play and as many tie-breaker matches, the Spartans were handed a disappointing 11-7 defeat by current Rio Hondo League leader Temple City at the La Cañada Country Club. Singles player Ian Fang had built the score up to a 4-1 lead over Temple City's Adrian Chiang before a combination of long shots and unforced errors deteriorated Fang's confidence and his comfy lead ?
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By Andrew Shortall and Charles Rich, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | September 9, 2010
The season is creeping up on La Cañada High's girls' tennis team, ready or not. Turnover from last year leaves the Spartans with a lot of questions as to who will be playing in any given week. "Our first lineup probably won't be the same lineup we use at the end of the season," La Cañada Coach Will Moravec said. "We'll sort of have to play our way into it a little bit. " The team relied heavily on their three doubles teams to consistently gain points. Unfortunately, each pair consisted of one senior, forcing the Spartans to retool their doubles teams in 2010.
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By Andrew Shortall | May 9, 2012
CALABASAS - Halfway through the La Can¿ada High boys' tennis team's CIF Southern Section Division I first-round match with Calabasas High Spartans Coach Will Moravec compared his team to the Chicago Bulls. Both the Bulls and Spartans were without key players this postseason, and while Chicago's season is still alive, La Can¿ada's season ended with a 17-1 road loss to the Coyotes, who are ranked sixth in Division I. "Whenever you get to this level in the CIF playoffs, you're playing teams with real depth, and just like in the NBA, one injury can change the whole outcome," said Moravec, whose lone victory came from Christopher Madsen, 6-3, in the final set of the day. "We needed everybody to be healthy today.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | November 17, 2010
La Cañada High and St. Lucy's met for second time this season in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs Nov. 11, and a tweak to the Regents' lineup might just have given them the edge. The tweak helped lead St. Lucy's to a 10-8 win at the Claremont Tennis Club. The defeat eliminated La Cañada (10-7) from the playoffs. "Obviously, today we had a chance to win," La Cañada Coach Will Moravec said. "If we could have played a couple of better doubles sets, we could have probably won, 10-8, today; that's the way it goes.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | December 3, 2013
Ally McKenzie arrived at Whittier Narrows Tennis Center in South El Monte on Tuesday ready to resume play in the CIF Southern Section Individual Tournament. Unfortunately for the standout La Cañada High junior singles player, she arrived in pain after sustaining an abdominal strain while competing in a national tournament in Northern California. McKenzie couldn't escape the pain Tuesday during her round of 20 match against Sophia Whittle of Arroyo Grande and saw her bid to extend her season cut short as Whittle rallied to post a 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory in a match that took more than three hours to complete.
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By Charles Rich | November 25, 2013
Ally McKenzie was aware of the possibility she might compete against one of her close friends in the CIF Southern Section Individuals Tournament. She just wasn't sure when it might happen. The La Cañada High junior singles tennis player has established a friendship with Westridge's Lena Tavetian, with the two often practicing at Flint Canyon Tennis Club. They discussed maybe meeting in the tournament. It became a reality Monday, as the fourth-seeded McKenzie posted a 6-3, 6-2 victory against the fifth-seeded Tavetian in a round-of-40 match that took nearly two hours to complete at the Claremont Club.
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November 5, 2013
After finishing second in the competitive Rio Hondo League, the members of the La Cañada High girls' tennis team learned Monday who they will face in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs. It didn't come as a surprise to La Cañada Coach Will Moravec that the Spartans received a tough first-round matchup. "That's the way it is," said Moravec, whose team will travel to face Rowland at 2 p.m. Wednesday. "If you are not seeded in the top eight in the drawing, then you know anything can happen in terms of playing a team that won a league championship.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | October 15, 2013
SAN MARINO - When asked for his thoughts Tuesday afternoon, longtime La Cañada High girls' tennis Coach Will Moravec answered with different sets of emotions. On one hand, the CIF Southern Section Division II 10th-ranked Spartans were as competitive as ever versus perennial league champion San Marino, the division's top-ranked team. Yet, there was a sinking sense of déjà vu for Moravec as his Spartans fell in a hard-fought affair, 10-8, on the road Tuesday. “I know that we played better today than we have against San Marino in a long time, but I think we could have won this.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | September 30, 2013
ARCADIA - For a moment, the La Cañada High girls' tennis team appeared in line for victory Monday. Needing only to win one of the final two sets of a nonleague road match against Arcadia, the Spartans turned to their No. 1 doubles team of Emily Swanson and Emily Matuska to get them over the top in games. The tandem inched closer before serving for match-point. Unfortunately for La Cañada, it couldn't wrap up the victory, and instead suffered a 10-8 defeat. Swanson and Matuska held a 5-4 lead before Arcadia's Jenny Yang and Shelley Park rallied to win the set, 7-6 (7-4)
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | May 8, 2013
LA CAÑADA - When La Cañada High boys' tennis Coach Will Moravec saw the draws for the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs, he said he couldn't have hoped for anything more. A favorable draw put the Spartans in a first-round match at home with Golden Valley, a wild-card team, and they took advantage with a 16-2 win Wednesday. “We're very fortunate, we got a very good draw,” said Moravec, whose team improved to 12-3 and will face the winner of the Crean Lutheran-Sunny Hills - runner-up teams from the Academy and Freeway league, respectively - match Friday at 3 p.m. It's La Cañada's first postseason victory since 2010 when it advanced to the Division II quarterfinals.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | March 26, 2013
LA CAÑADA - Each match has taken on extra meaning for the La Cañada High boys' tennis team this season, as the Spartans find themselves undefeated and ranked in CIF Southern Section Division II. It ensured the Spartans wouldn't overlook a Temple City squad that graduated its two best players and pushed them to a 12-6 Rio Hondo League victory at La Cañada High Tuesday. “It was a good one because we lost to them twice last year,” La Cañada No. 1 singles player Joshua Kim said.
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By Charles Rich and Andrew Shortall | February 27, 2013
Singles is where the La Cañada High, St. Francis and Flintridge Prep boys' tennis teams will look for the majority of their points this season. The Spartans will be looking to improve on their third-place finish in the Rio Hondo League, while the Golden Knights and Rebels aim at playoff berths after missing out on the postseason in 2012. There aren't many questions surrounding La Cañada, which only graduated three players, with two-thirds of its team that advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs before it was bounced by Calabasas in the opener, 17-1, back in the lineup.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | October 24, 2012
TEMPLE CITY - It all came down to the luck of the draw and the La Cañada High girls' tennis team simply didn't have any in the preliminary rounds of the Rio Hondo League Individual Tournament at Live Oak Park in Temple City Wednesday. Of six first-round matches, which were played to eight-game pro sets like all of Wednesday's matches, the Spartans won five, but they had their work cut out for them in the second round. All of La Cañada's players had to face an opponent from the league-champion San Marino squad, which produced the league's title winners and runners-up in singles and doubles in 2011 and is expected to do so again this year.
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