THE TIMES 1994 SPRING ALL-COUNTY TEAMS : He’s Still the One to Beat : Player of year: Ocean View’s Pietrowski was tops last year despite some flaws. This season, he eliminated them to retain his lofty spot.

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Last season, you could beat Ocean View’s Jakub Pietrowski by beating him to the net or by taking advantage of his erratic serve.

This season, those options were taken away, and, so too, were opponents’ chances of defeating Pietrowski, who was named The Times Orange County player of the year for the second consecutive year.

After losing in the Southern Section semifinals last season to Palos Verdes Peninsula’s Loren Peters, Pietrowski was unbeatable this season. He didn’t drop a set during the regular dual-match season or the Southern Section individual tournament.


Villa Park’s Ryan Hollis had the misfortune of running into Pietrowski at the section tournament.

“He’s so fast and he gets to everything,” Hollis said after losing, 6-3, 6-2, to Pietrowski in the round of 16. “He has no technical flaws.”

Said Pietrowski, who moved to Huntington Beach from Poland when he was 6: “It’s nice to have people say that. It’s nice to see hard work pay off.”

Pietrowski’s biggest payoff has been a full-ride tennis scholarship to Notre Dame, where he hopes to play Nos. 3 or 4 singles next season.

Pietrowski, who is coached by his father, Wojtek, will compete in the Olympic Festival in St. Louis, the U.S. Junior National Hard Courts in Kalamazoo, Mich., and the National Grasscourts in Philadelphia.

Somewhere in between, Pietrowski also will fit in a couple of pro satellite tournaments.

“I’m thinking about playing pro tennis after four years, so I want to get a better insight into what pro tennis would be like,” he said.