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No. 3 seed puts stop to Crescenta Valley tennis' playoff run

LA CRESCENTA — Crescenta Valley High's boys' tennis team was back on its home court for a CIF Southern Section Division II quarterfinal match.

The Falcons began their postseason run there with a convincing victory in the first round before traveling to beat Temecula Valley in the second round.

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Monday's quarterfinal had them facing a more formidable opponent and a familiar home court wasn't enough to prevent a 16-2 loss to No. 3 seed Fountain Valley.

The loss ended a season in which the Falcons went 17-4 after a second-place finish in the Pacific League, along with the advancement of a singles player and doubles team into the league tourney's semifinals.

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"Better team," Falcons coach Sam Hyun said of the Barons. "We tried our best but their singles and doubles are really good. They'll go all the way to the finals; strong team."

Carlos Vicencio picked up the lone singles win for Crescenta Valley, a 6-4 victory over Fountain Valley's No. 1. He dropped the other two by 6-2 scores.

Crescenta Valley's No. 1, Kevin Rowe, finished with losses of 6-3, 6-4, 7-6, while Erik Babayan was also swept, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1.

Adi Saravanan and Patrick Chmielewski scored a 6-2 in doubles triumph for the only Falcons doubles win.

The Falcons' No. 1 duo of Edward Ahn and Darren Kim and No. 2 Justin Kim and Maclean Lunt struggled with lines of 6-0, 6-0, 6-4, and 6-1, 6-3, 6-4, respectively.

"Doable, for sure," Crescenta Valley captain Justin Kim said. "We lost to good teams, but nothing we shouldn't be able to beat. Takes practicing and refining our skills."

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