Boys Tennis: Kimball freshman wins VOL singles championship
by Bob Brownne
Apr 25, 2013 | 1782 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kimball High freshman Garrett Chun used persistence to claim the Valley Oak League singles tennis title, and he hopes for similar success at the section competition.

Chun beat Manteca High’s Mike Lopez on Thursday, April 25, in the VOL championship match at East Union High in Manteca. Chun said the 6-2, 6-1 score of the final doesn’t reflect how hard he had to play to beat Lopez, with each point won only after extended rallies.

“It was pretty competitive. He was very consistent and solid all-around,” Chun said. “I don’t think there was one game won at 40-love.”

Chun will now move on to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II individual tournament on Thursday, May 2, at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club in Roseville.

“I just need to keep practicing to get better and go out and play my best. I have high expectations.”

While the Jaguars had hoped for a Kimball vs. Kimball match in the VOL final, junior Logan Staggs, the team’s No. 1 singles player, did not play because of an ankle injury. Coach Danette McDaniel said she hasn’t heard yet if Staggs will be ready for next week’s team playoffs.

Kimball (17-0, 14-0 VOL) got a bye for the first round of the playoffs, and will begin the Division II team tournament at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 30, at Kimball High, against either Patterson or Whitney.

West 7, Tokay 2

West High’s boys tennis team claimed sole possession of the Tri-City Athletic League title with a win over Tokay on Tuesday, April 23, in Lodi.

Junior Ahssan Khan won the No. 2 singles match 6-2, 6-3, and junior Andrew Ly, playing at No. 6 singles, won 6-1, 6-0. Bob Lopez and Josh Theobald, both juniors, also dominated their opponents in the No. 1 doubles match, 6-3, 6-0.

West (9-1 TCAL) competed in the TCAL singles tournament Thursday, April 25, at In-Shape West Lane in Stockton, and will play in the doubles tournament Friday, April 26.

Next week, the Wolf Pack enters the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I team playoffs, with a bye for the first round and a second-round matchup against Turlock at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at home.

Tracy 8, Bear Creek 1

Tracy High’s boys tennis team finished the San Joaquin Athletic Association season with a pair of consecutive victories over Bear Creek High at home Tuesday, April 23, and in Stockton on April 18. Both meets ended with the same score.

The wins put Tracy (6-4 SJAA) in third place in the league behind Lincoln and Lodi.

Senior Andrew Jurado won the No. 3 singles match Tuesday on 6-1, 6-3. No. 6 singles player Rushi Arumalli, a sophomore, won his match 6-3, 6-0, and the doubles team of junior Jay Noda and sophomore Ajay Cheema won 6-0, 6-0.

Tracy competes this week in the SJAA tournament, with singles matches played Thursday, April 25, at In-Shape Marina in Stockton and doubles matches Friday, April 26.

Tracy enters the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I team playoffs on Monday, April 29, with a first-round match at Del Oro High in Loomis.

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