Falcons singled out by Indians

LA CRESCENTA — It was a battle between Burroughs High's singles and Crescenta Valley's doubles Thursday in a Pacific League boys' tennis match.

Realizing the situation heading into the contest, Falcons Coach Sarah Wiggins stacked two of her doubles teams in an attempt to win as many sets as possible.

The plan almost worked.

However, along with sweeping all nine singles sets, the Indians were able to pull out one victory in doubles to earn a 10-8 win at Crescenta Valley.

“It's a tough way to try to win,” Wiggins said about shuffling her lineup. “You end up putting players on a doubles team together who have never played with one another before.

“But we knew that Burroughs was going to have strong singles players, and that forced us to try and win as many sets in doubles as possible.”

The win was an important one for Burroughs (4-0, 3-0 in league), as it kept the Indians undefeated and helped them keep pace with the top teams in the league.

“With a strong group of singles players, we figure we are going to win our share of points in singles,” Burroughs Coach Roy Bernhardt said. “We just have to get some points from our doubles teams.”

The one set victory that the Indians did get in doubles turned out to be the difference in the match.

The Burroughs No. 2 team of Jay Chung and Andre Yanez came into the contest as substitutes after Troy Chang and Winston Chang lost their opening set, 6-0. Chung and Yanez faced the No. 1 Falcons team of Alex Matevosian and Marcus Barbosa, and came away with a 6-4 victory.

“That was the only problem we had in doubles all day,” said Wiggins, whose team is 2-3, 1-2.

Matevosian and Barbosa won their other sets by 6-2 scores. The No. 2 tandem of Chan Hee Lee and Eric Khanlarian swept, 6-3, 6-0, 6-2, and Jason Cheung and Justin Kim also swept, 6-1, 6-4, 6-0.

Burroughs was able to get a fine outing out of its No. 3 singles, freshman Robert Henry, who dropped just two games, 6-1, 6-0, 6-1. Playing at No. 1, sophomore Trevor Campbell — last season's All-Area Singles Player of the Year — won, 6-2, 6-0, 6-0, and junior Melik Nazliyan swept, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 6-0.

Henry has swept all of his sets in Burroughs' four matches.

“Robert has been playing well for us,” Bernhardt said. “He had played a lot of tennis from an early age, but he hadn't played much tennis the last two years. But he's got right back into it and he's a very good player.”

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