make sure all returning players will be on the same page with him. He
will get those promises in writing.
"I'm going to send out letters to every returning player, and they
are going to have to play a certain amount of hours during the
offseason," said Kim, who won one of his singles sets. "It could be
through private lessons or tournaments, and they must give me the
letter on the first day of practice.
"We were horrible [Thursday] and we should all be upset."
La Canada (7-9) competed without No. 3 singles player Anand
Muthiah and No. 2 doubles Jason Kim. La Canada Coach Will Moravec
said the duo skipped the match for personal reasons.
Jason Kim and Justin Kim -- no relation -- teamed to win a Rio
Hondo League doubles championship in 2004.
Justin Kim said the absence of Muthiah and Jason Kim hurt.
"If those two were here, I think we would have had more
confidence," Kim said. "We were very lucky to make the playoffs."
El Dorado (17-3) appeared sluggish during the early stages of the
match, but regained its composure to stretch its winning streak to
The Golden Hawks -- ranked No. 8 in the division -- turned to
their No. 1 doubles team of King Homneyom and Dev Patel. The duo won
its two sets before El Dorado Coach John Cyrus replaced them.
Moravec, whose team lost in the first round for the second
consecutive year, said El Dorado's doubles teams controlled the net
en route to winning eight of the nine sets.
"They volley well and control the net," said Moravec, who led the
Spartans to a third-place finish in league behind San Marino and
Temple City. "Our guys tried to lob the ball and get them off the
"Their top players were better than our top players, and their
team ranking just proves how good they are."
Edwin Kim won a singles set for the Spartans, who also got a
doubles win from Sean Kim and Patrick Lu.
No. 1 singles player Ricky Wu swept his three sets for El Dorado,
which won the Century League crown this season.
Moravec said the season proved to be a mixed bag for La Canada.
"We beat South Pasadena to get into the playoffs," Moravec said.
"I just feel bad that Jason and Justin couldn't repeat as league
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