Falcons’ journey concludes

Tennis: Crescenta Valley High boys see season end with 12-6 playoff defeat against Villa Park.

May 13, 2010|By Charles Rich

GLENDALE — The chances were there initially for the members of the Crescenta Valley High boys’ tennis team to make things interesting in the first round. Instead, they came away with nothing.

In their CIF Southern Section Division II opening-round road match against host Villa Park on Wednesday afternoon, the Falcons had stayed close with the Spartans in most of the first-round sets. However, Crescenta Valley Coach Sarah Wiggins spotted a trend.

“We were looking at possibly being at 3-3, but we lost a lot of deuces,” said Wiggins, whose team saw its season conclude with a 12-6 defeat. “They just did a better job at closing out sets than we did.


“We didn’t play so hot in singles and we knew nothing about their singes and doubles teams.”

Crescenta Valley (11-7) couldn’t regroup against Villa Park (18-3). The Falcons, who finished third in the Pacific League behind co-champions Arcadia and Burroughs, picked up three singles wins and three doubles victories.

Jeremy Cho and Tim Chong, Crescenta Valley’s No. 2 doubles team, led the way with a pair of victories. Cho and Chong worked together to earn 6-2, 6-4, wins. Crescenta Valley’s No. 1 team of Eric Khanlarian and Jesse Santos teamed up for a 6-1 win.

In singles action, the Falcons got one win apiece from Chris Kim, Dro Mahmoudi and Justin Chung. All three earned 6-1 victories.

“In doubles, they had a lot of confidence and we were a little bit nervous,” Wiggins said. “Their No. 1 singles player was steady, but they didn’t have a lot of other weapons there.

“I hoped going in that we could pull out a miracle and they would underestimate us. I liked the fact that we were able to improve as the season went along. They exceeded some of the expectations.”

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