Nitros, Tornadoes alive in doubles

Tennis: Two local boys’ doubles teams reach league semifinals; will face each other next.

May 04, 2010|By Charles Rich

PASADENA — Jeff Asano and Elliot Kim found out first-hand last season what it’s like to reach the Pacific League finals.

Asano and Kim, who make up the top Glendale High boys’ doubles team, would like to make it back for a second straight season. They took the first two steps to accomplishing that feat.

Asano and Kim cruised to a pair of victories on a very warm Monday afternoon at the league prelims at Pasadena High.


Asano and Kim, the No. 2 seed, opened with a 6-1, 6-2 victory against a 15th-seeded team from Pasadena before teaming up to earn a 6-3, 6-3 second-round win against Eric Gao and Arnav Chaudhary of Arcadia.

Asano and Kim will next face third-seeded Ejmin Mahranian and Alex Vartanian of crosstown rival Hoover in a semifinal match at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the same site. The winner will meet top-seeded George Chiu and Hardy Lou of Arcadia or 13th-seeded Phillip Lam and Kevin Hoang of Burroughs immediately after in the championship match.

“I was real pleased with the way Jeff and Elliot played,” Glendale High Coach Bob Davidson said. “They were able to go out there and stay aggressive.

“It should be a tough matchup with Ejmin and Alex. It should be real close.”

Mahranian and Vartanian, who spent most of the season playing in the singles circuit, began their run with a 7-6 (7-0), 6-2 win against 14th-seeded Arthur Kubko and James Hong of Burbank. The duo then posted a 6-0, 6-2 victory against sixth-seeded Jeremy Cho and Tim Chong of Crescenta Valley.

“Ejmin was battling a cold and Alex really stepped up,” Hoover Coach Julie Hoppe said. “Now they get to play Jeff and Elliot and it should be fun playing a second day.

“They want to give it all that they have.”

In other doubles competition, ninth-seeded Alex Levin and Edgar Hakobyan of Glendale picked up a 4-6, 6-1, 10-8 first-round win against eighth-seeded Tae Yoon and Yuta Takiguchi of Crescenta Valley. Levin and Hakobyan then suffered a 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 loss to Chiu and Lou.

Cho and Chang posted a 6-2, 7-5 first-round win against 11th-seeded Rene Glandian and Sam Sarian of Glendale. Lam and Hoang earned a 3-6, 6-4, 10-4 victory in the first round against fourth-seeded Eric Khanlarian and Jesse Santos of CV.

In the singles competition, no local athletes advanced to the semifinals.

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