"It's a good way to end our season by playing in a competitive match," Hoover Coach Julie Hoppe said. "It's our first trip to the playoffs in a long time and we have some good young players here now.
"It took a little while to get here since I took over the program [in 2007]. It does take time to build a program, but I feel good about the mindset at Hoover."
The Tornadoes finished at 8-9, while Canyon improved to 10-9 and will meet top-seeded Palm Desert in a first-round road match at 3 p.m. today.
Hoover won five singles sets, but managed just two doubles victories.
Hoover received two wins apiece in singles from Oleg Simonyan (6-1, 6-1) and Emile Ohanyan (6-2, 6-4). Vardan Adzhinyan picked up a 6-2 victory for the Tornadoes.
Ron Glandian teamed with Sage Barry to earn a 6-0 doubles win for Hoover, which received a 6-4 victory from Yeprem Chavdarian and Yervand Azatian.
"We did better in singles, which is the story of our season," said Hoppe, whose team trailed, 5-1, after the first round and 9-3 following the conclusion of the second round. "Oleg played tough against their No. 1 player and it's a great experience for him [going into the CIF Individuals Tournament].
"With Emile, he was down in one of his sets and came back to win at 6-4. He loves to compete and he's now got some playoff experience.
"Canyon's doubles teams were just very consistent and we just couldn't get those two more doubles wins."