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Tennis Teams Looking Solid Early On

Tennis in Burbank isn’t as strong as it once was. But both Burroughs and Burbank highs continue to put together solid athletes and this season should be no different. Both teams should put forth a strong effort to compete for at least second in the Pacific League behind powerhouse Arcadia, which is the overwhelming favorite to win.
Burroughs
The Indians have an experienced group back led by sophomore Sam Bernardy in singles. Bernardy was the No. 2 player last season behind Kendric Marcy, who graduated.
 Freshman Kyle Lester, Charith Kondapally,and perhaps James Patanian could compete for the other varsity singles spots.
“They’ve been improving,” veteran coach Roy Bernhardt said of his players.
In doubles, the Indians figure to have seniors Daniel Cho and Rafael Munguia as a doubles team. The duo played together last season.
Junior Sebastian Muga and senior Cameron Flowers are expected to be the No. 2 doubles team.
Senior Mark Do and sophomore Trieu Nguyen are expected to be the No. 3 doubles team.
Burbank
The Bulldogs are solid in doubles, which was the mark of the program during the glory days in
the 1990s under legendary coach Clyde Richards.
The No. 1 team of senior Ethan Lee and sophomore Abasi Abukusumo figure to lead the way.
Lee was part of Burbank’s No. 1 doubles team last year. Abukusumo is also a returning varsity
doubles player.
Juniors Parker Katz and Dominic Sumera played together as a doubles team last year and will
return in that role.
Senior Greg Gevorjanyan and junior Khrlobian should make up the No. 3 doubles team.
In singles, Burbank figures to be led by junior Sid Denduluri, who played doubles last year.
Freshman Yash Desai and sophomore Hakop Kerimyan figure to in the other two singles spots.
Several messages left for the coach in regards to the team were not returned.

Burbank Boys Tennis Downs Visiting Hoover 14-4

By Rick Assad

 

A sturdy and dominant display by the Burbank High boys’ doubles squad saw them sweep visiting Hoover which helped catapult the Bulldogs to a 14-4 victory in a Pacific League match on Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile the Burbank singles, No. 1, junior Sid Denduluri, No. 2, freshman Yash Desai and No. 3, sophomore Hakop Kerimyan, played well, capturing five of the nine points.

Burbank’s No. 1 singles, Sid Denduluri, had an off day, winning only one set versus Hoover. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs now have two matches under their belt, both victories, including a 10-8 triumph over Glendale.

The Tornadoes haven’t been as fortunate, losing three, as Burroughs won 13-5 and Crescenta Valley was also victorious, 15-3.

Burbank’s No. 1 duo, senior Ethan Lee and sophomore Abasi Abukusumo knocked off Hoover’s No. 1, sophomore Kevin Nazarian and sophomore Benji Choi 6-0.

Lee/Abukusumo then defeated No. 2, junior George Sakellariou and freshman Eric Chakhoyan 6-0.

The duo also drilled Hoover’s No. 3, freshman Haik Aslanyan and freshman Edwin Barseghian 6-0.

At No. 2, junior Parker Katz and junior Dominic Sumera, were highly effective versus the same pairs, faring 6-2, 6-0, 6-0.

The Bulldogs’ No. 3 duo, senior Greg Gevojanyan and junior Daniel Khrlobian, went 6-1, 6-4, 6-0, over the same Hoover teams.

The Bulldogs’ doubles team swept the Tornadoes en route to a 14-4 win. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Denduluri, who when on his game, is a tough nut to crack, seemed strangely off from the outset.

At several junctures, Denduluri made unforced hitting errors and offered a less than accurate first serve, which forced a weaker second serve.

“For the one’s I played, I just was overthinking it,” Denduluri said of the two setbacks. “With my skill set, I should have been able to beat both of them.”

Denduluri went on: “I’m a little bit under the weather right now, I have a sore throat, but that’s not the full reason. I went out to bad starts in both games. That got into my head. Once you get off to a bad start, you feel the pressure, so you say to yourself, I got off to a bad start, so I have to really pick it up. That got to me. I was overthinking every ground stroke, every serve,” he noted.

Sid Denduluri expects more of himself and hopes to rebound versus Arcadia. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Denduluri said his service and forehand are his bread and butter.

“Usually I have a great serve. I can rely on my first serve. But I got almost none in,” he pointed out. “My serve is much better. I was so petrified of double faulting.”

Hoover freshman, No. 1 Edward Markosian defeated Denduluri 6-2 and No. 3, senior Anthony Ghadimi survived 6-4.

Denduluri’s 6-0 victory came when sophomore Vahe Haleblian forfeited due to an injured ankle.

Desai defeated Haleblian 6-3 and Ghadimi 6-2, but Markosian prevailed 6-2. Kerimyan staved off Markosian 6-3, and Haleblian 5-2 (retired with the ankle injury) while Ghadimi won 6-4.

Burbank Boys Tennis Defeats Improved Burroughs 12-6

By Rick Assad

 

When it comes to boys’ tennis, the Burbank High team still holds the edge over Burroughs after Tuesday’s 12-6 Pacific League victory, but it’s clear that the talent gap isn’t as wide.

Just a season ago, the Bulldogs placed third in league behind perennial power Arcadia and second-place Crescenta Valley, made the CIF Southern Section playoffs and won a wild-card match.

The Indians were seventh in the league and didn’t qualify for the postseason, but have improved immensely.

The Bulldogs prevailed over the visiting Indians 12-6 on Tuesday. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“It was a good match,” Burroughs coach Roy Bernhardt said. “First of all, we’ve got a new guy, freshman Samuel [Bernardy] and we have a couple of guys from the JV who were MVP’s last year. I would say we have a very good chance at our place to maybe beat them.”

The Bulldogs are 4-2 in all matches and 3-2 in league play, while the Indians are 3-5 overall and 3-3 in league action.

The Bulldogs’ doubles teams collected eight of the dozen points and were paced by the No. 1 tandem of senior Luciano Dapuetto and junior Ethan Lee, who buzzed through 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 over No. 1 senior Luc Thorn and senior Kiet Hoang, No. 2 junior Mark Do and sophomore Sebastian Muga and No. 3 junior Daniel Cho and junior Rafael Munguia.

“Me and my partner Ethan, we swept today, so we were pretty strong,” Dapuetto said. “I think our doubles came out pretty strong during the match and that’s why we were able to get the win today.”

Dapuetto said he thinks that visiting Burroughs has improved. “I heard that they had new singles players and that we have good singles players, but we had good strong doubles,” he pointed out.

Burroughs is much improved since last season despite falling to Burbank. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Dapuetto said he and his partner get along very well.

“Ethan and I have good chemistry, so I think whichever team comes our way, we’re able to adapt and able to come through and win our points,” he said.

Burbank’s No. 2 duo, senior Harout Abganyan and sophomore Sid Dindiluri went through the same tandems 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

The Bulldogs’ No. 3 team of sophomore Parker Katz and sophomore Dominic Sumera went 7-5 over Thorn/Hoang, 6-3 over Muga/Do, but fell to Cho/Munguia 7-5.

In singles action, Burbank senior James Lee easily blitzed through No. 1 senior Kendric Marcy 6-0, No. 2 Bernardy 6-2 and No. 3 junior Cameron Flowers 6-0.

The Bulldogs’ No. 2 singles player, senior Nathan Soria, lost to Marcy 6-1, and Bernardy 6-3, but emerged victorious over Flowers 6-3.

At No. 3, freshman Alex Galstyan was swept, losing to Marcy 6-0, Bernardy 6-3 and Flowers 6-2.