PREP TENNIS ROUNDUP : No. 2 Peninsula Takes Down No. 3 University
University boys’ tennis Coach Josh Davis had been excited about the prospects of playing undefeated Palos Verdes Peninsula all week. But Davis’ excitement lasted all of 30 minutes Wednesday as his third-ranked team was ambushed by second-ranked Peninsula, 13-8.
The Trojans (5-2) actually took two of the first four sets and had Peninsula Coach Tom Cox pacing. But in a key first-round set, Peninsula’s No. 2 doubles team of Jeff Chang and Dave Pyun turned a 3-2 deficit against University’s Raja Kapadia and Ross Ellis into a 6-3 victory and the match was never close again.
Peninsula (9-0) won five of six second-round sets and jumped out to an insurmountable 10 2/3-3 1/3 lead.
“Our confidence level dropped after that first round,” Davis said.
Said Cox: “I was fretting in that first round, but we just kind of blew them out in the second round. I was shocked.”
So was University’s Jason Meyers, who was taking care of business on Courts 1 and 3, winning 6-0 over No. 1 Kyle Rasmussen and 6-2 over No. 3 Chris Lee.
“What happened?” Meyers asked. “It thought it was a tight match.”
Meyers did what he could to make the score respectable as he won his last set over nationally ranked Dennis Chang, 6-0. In three sets, Meyers dropped only two games and spent maybe 45 minutes on the court.
“It’s tough,” Meyers said. “That’s the tough thing about a team. You have to pull through and hope that your teammates can do it too. I really thought we could win.”