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Locals learn their playoff opponents

Tennis: Three area boys’ teams set to compete in CIF Southern Section Division II postseason.

May 11, 2010|By Charles Rich

GLENDALE — After two-plus months of competing in regular season matches, a trio of area high school boys’ tennis teams will now focus on something bigger — the playoffs.

The CIF office unveiled its playoff pairings Monday afternoon, which will feature Crescenta Valley, Glendale and Flintridge Prep taking part in the Division II playoffs. None of the squads will have much time to prepare for their initial matchups.

Glendale, which finished 7-9 and in fourth place in the Pacific League, will begin things with a wild-card home match against Righetti at 3 p.m. today. Righetti (8-8) took fourth in the PAC-7 League. The winner will travel to top-seeded Palm Desert (17-2) for a first-round match at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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“We are glad to be at home against Righetti, especially since it would have been two days in a row traveling long distances,” Glendale Coach Bob Davidson said of Righetti, which will make the 300-mile round trip from Santa Maria. “We feel like we have a good shot against them.

“Generally speaking, our league is one of the toughest in our division with Arcadia and Burroughs and we were successful against them. Our doubles teams have been playing much better the last two weeks and that’s helped improve our team.

“We are playing some of our best tennis right now. If we get through Righetti, then it will be a good experience to be able to play the top seed.”

Crescenta Valley (11-7) and Flintridge Prep (12-6) will begin their respective playoff journeys at 3 p.m. Wednesday with first-round road matches.

Crescenta Valley, which took third in the Pacific League, will face Century League-champion Villa Park (17-3).

Flintridge Prep, second from the Prep League, will battle Santa Monica. Santa Monica (13-3) placed second in the Ocean League.

If Crescenta Valley and Flintridge Prep win their matches, the teams would meet in a second-round match Friday at a site to be determined.

Crescenta Valley Coach Sarah Wiggins said the Falcons will look to build off a strong 10-8 league loss against co-league champion Arcadia on April 29.

“We’ll see what we can do,” Wiggins said. “I don’t know anything about Villa Park in terms of their singles and doubles players.

“The key for us will be in doubles because we don’t have any ranked singles players. So, we will go with our normal lineup and hope that it works out. You want to go in prepared playing your best.”

Flintridge Prep second-year Coach Ron Catano, who guided the Rebels to a share of the league championship last season, said Santa Monica should provide a tough test.

“I don’t know much about them, so we’ll see what happens,” Catano said. “If we keep up our level of play, then we’ll do well because we played some tough nonleague teams during the season in CV, Temple City and South Pasadena.

“The key is going to be with our doubles. If I put too many of our good players in doubles, then our singles will suffer. So, I’ll try to balance out the singles and doubles and I have an idea of a lineup that works well.”


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