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Nitros’ duo places second in league

Tennis: Glendale High doubles team of Asano and Kim falls to top-seeded team from Arcadia.

May 06, 2010|By Jeff Tully

PASADENA — Things were wide open in the Pacific League boys’ tennis semifinals and finals Wednesday at Pasadena High.

With the league’s two-time singles champion electing not to play this season, another top singles athlete academically ineligible, talented doubles players lost to graduation and last year’s doubles champions split up, it was a given that there would be a new set of champions this season.

Although a Glendale High doubles team advanced to the final for a second straight year, the duo lost to a squad from Arcadia to finish second, and a Hoover pair took third place.


In the singles final, it was a Burroughs player outlasting a teammate to capture the championship.

“It was a pretty wide open league this year.” Glendale Coach Bob Davidson said. “For the first time in a long time there was really no clear-cut favorite in singles or doubles.”

The Nitros doubles team of Jeff Asano and Elliot Kim, the No. 2 seed, advanced to the final after a tough semifinal victory against Hoover’s No. 3 seed, Ejmin Mehranian and Alex Vartanian.

In the championship match against No. 1 George Chiu and Hardy Lou, the Nitros dropped the first set, 6-7, only to battle back to take the second, 6-3, forcing a super tiebreaker.

Unfortunately for Kim and Asano, they fell in the super tiebreaker, 10-8.

The Glendale pair had to battle to defeat Mehranian and Vartanian in the semifinal.

The Nitros clawed their way back from a 4-1 deficit in the first set to win, 6-4.

The Tornadoes came back to win, 7-6, before Kim and Asano closed out the win in the super tiebreaker, 10-4.

“When we fell behind, we had to change our strategy a little,” Asano said about the Hoover match. “We wanted to come to the net more, and I guess it worked — barely.”

The Tornadoes defeated Burroughs’ Phillip Lam and Kevin Huang, the No. 13 seed, 8-3, to take third.

“These guys played singles for me this year, but I paired them in doubles for league,” Tornadoes Coach Julie Hoppe said. “They are good players, and they are both smart, they just don’t know that much about playing doubles. But they play well together.”

The singles final was a bit anticlimactic. No. 1-seeded Robert Henry, a junior, was taking on Indians teammate Garrett Auproux, a freshman who was the No. 3 seed.

With Henry leading, 3-0, Auproux retired and couldn’t continue the match after complaining about a sore back.

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