BURROUGHS HIGH â€” Revenge was at stake Tuesday when the Burroughs High boys' tennis team took on San Luis Obispo in a CIF Southern Section Division II playoff match.
Last season, the Indians had to travel more than four hours to take on the Tigers in a first-round contest. Unfortunately, the locals lost by six sets.
This time around, although the venue was different, the end result was almost identical, as San Luis Obispo defeated the Indians, 13-5, at Burroughs High.
The loss was only the second of the season for the Indians (17-2), who captured the Pacific League title for the first time in 23 years.
â€œI'm very happy at what we were able to accomplish this season,â€ said Burroughs Coach Roy Bernhardt, whose squad fell to the Tigers, 12-6, a year ago. â€œWe went three rounds in the playoffs, we won the league title and we beat Burbank twice. We had a good year.â€
The No. 3-seeded Tigers (23-0) â€” the Pac-7 League champs â€” were just too deep for the Indians, as the visitors swept all nine singles sets.
Burroughs' only points came in doubles, as No. 1 Trevor Campbell went, 6-4, 1-6, 6-0, No. 2 Robert Henry went, 6-0, 1-6, 6-0, and Melik Nazliyan went, 4-6, 1-6, 6-1.
Campbell and Henry's only losses came at the hands of Julian Arnold, who swept by 6-1 scores.
â€œ[Arnold] was very good,â€ said Bernhardt about the player who was the league runner-up for the third straight season. â€œTheir doubles teams were also very good.â€
The Tigers, who advance to the semifinals for the second straight season, dominated in doubles, as just one Burroughs team was able to get closer than 6-3. The Indians' duo of Andre Yanez and Jay Chung lost in a tiebreaker, 6-7 (2-7).
â€œOur doubles have been our strength all season,â€ San Luis Obispo Coach Ken Peete said. â€œWe have relied on our doubles a great deal.â€
The No. 3 duo of Robbie Milla and James Campbell had the best outing, sweeping, 6-0, 6-1, 6-0.
Burroughs, ranked sixth, advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating host Palm Springs, 16-6, on Saturday in a second-round match.
It is the second straight year a local team has made it to the quarterfinals. Burbank fell in the third round last season to Webb, 10-8.