The Burbank High boys’ tennis team is on a mission to get back the
Foothill League title.
And if Tuesday’s match against cross-town rival Burroughs is any
indication, the Bulldogs are motivated to capture their 15th league
championship in 16 years.
Burbank defeated Burroughs, 13-5, at the Burbank Tennis Center to
get one step closer to taking the title back from defending champion
“It’s going to come down to Valencia,” Burbank Coach Paul McNiff
Burbank (11-4, 7-0 in league) will visit Valencia Tuesday in what
should decide the league title. Valencia snapped Burbank’s 14-year
hold on the league crown last year.
The Bulldogs defeated the Vikings, 12-6, in the first meeting on
April 3, as Burbank won two of three sets on tie-breakers.
“That match is not only for the league title, but it’s also for
seedings in the league individual tournament,” McNiff said. “I think
the seniors really want it, especially those who lost to Valencia
Burroughs (4-7, 2-5) gave Burbank a tough time in the first match
on March 25, as the teams were tied at 6 after two rounds before
Burbank won five of six in the final round to win, 11-7.
But the Indians, which have lost several close league matches,
could not improve on their first effort.
“I’m disappointed we haven’t done better,” Burroughs Coach Roy
Bernhardt said. “We should have beaten Burbank, Hart and Valencia the
Although the Indians seem to be in a hole, they still have a shot
at finishing third in league.
In Tuesday’s match, Burbank’s No. 1 singles player Haig Kassabian
swept by 6-0 scores against Burroughs’ Andreas Lamelas, Scott Lam and
Phuong Lam. Kassabian, a junior, improved to 21-0 in league play.
No. 2 Hovsep Gasamanian went 6-0, 6-2, 6-0 and No. 3 David Chang,
struggled, losing all three sets, 5-7, 0-6, 2-6.
In doubles, Burbank’s No. 1 team of James Chang and Ara
Baghdasarian won 7-6 (7-1) against Burroughs’ top team of Nathan
Brandt and Wilson Tseng. Chang and Baghdasarian went 6-0 against
Burroughs’ No. 2 team of Raymond Bolanos and Ulises Espinoza and they
beat No. 3 Hai Do and Hamlet Karapetyan, 6-3.
Burbank’s No. 2 team of Chris Lee and Ted Kang went 0-6, 6-1, 6-2,
and the No. 3 team of Varuzhan Sarkisyan and Alex Dawoodian went 3-6,