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Burbank Boys Tennis Season Concludes In CIF Quarterfinals

By Rick Assad

 

Getting to the CIF Southern Section Division III quarterfinals for the Burbank High boys’ tennis team is something to be proud of.

But the dream of getting to the semifinals ended on Monday when the Bulldogs lost to visiting Etiwanda 12-6.

The last time the Bulldogs (12-6 and third in the Pacific League), who defeated Gahr 12-6 and No. 4 seeded Simi Valley 10-8, advanced to this point in the playoffs was 2007.

The Eagles (19-4) are the No. 5 seeded team in this field and placed third in the Baseline League at 7-3.

James Lee, Burbank’s No. 1 singles player, won two sets. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank’s singles team did especially well, capturing five points that included two points from junior James Lee, who defeated No. 2, junior Clyde Siringoringo 6-4 and No. 3, sophomore Chris Vergara 6-0.

At No. 2 for the Bulldogs, senior Nathan Soria captured a point after drilling Vergara 6-0.

Burbank’s No. 3 singles player, freshman Alex Galstyan, despite his youth, won a pair of points after knocking off Siringoringo and Vergara 6-2 and 6-2.

Etiwanda’s No. 1, junior Eric Chang defeated Lee 7-6 (8-6), and then knocked off Soria 6-1 and Galstyan 6-2, and Siringoringo took out Soria 7-5.

The Eagles, who for the second consecutive year ended Burbank’s season, grabbed eight of the nine points in doubles play.

The only point came from Burbank’s No. 1 team of senior Luciano Dapuetto and junior Ethan Lee, who held off No. 2, senior DeAndre Siringoringo and senior Victor Siapno 7-6 (9-7).

“I think it’s been a great four years,” Dapuetto said. “Burbank has a great program. It’s a great school. Overall this year has been the best of the four.”

Burbank’s doubles teams took one point against the Eagles. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Dapuetto was reflective afterward. “All beginnings have an end,” he said. “This wasn’t perfect. We were just going round by round. We made it this far. We had a lot of excitement coming into the game.”

Dapuetto/Lee fell to Etiwanda’s No. 1 squad, senior Sachin Reddi and freshman Dwayne Siringoringo 5-7 and No. 3, sophomore Shvey Shah and sophomore Dominic Estrada 4-6.

Burbank’s No. 2 tandem, senior Harout Abgaryan and sophomore Siddhanth Denduluri lost 4-6 and 2-6 to Etiwanda’s No. 1 and No. 2 squads, while the pair of Abgaryan and freshman reserve, Abasi Abukusumo, were hammered by No. 3, 0-6.

The Bulldogs’ duo of sophomore Parker Katz and sophomore Dominick Sumera were stymied 2-6 and 1-6 by Etiwanda’s No. 2 and No. 3.

Katz and senior Greg Farhadian, a reserve, were blitzed by Etiwanda’s No. 1 tandem, 0-6.

Longtime Etiwanda coach Brent Lunt, who has been at his post 33 years, was satisfied with the final result.

“I thought my two singles could have played better,” he intoned. “I thought the doubles played pretty good. The doubles have been consistent all year.”

Burbank Boys Tennis Still Too Tough for Burroughs

The gap between the Burbank and Burroughs boys’ tennis teams clearly got closer when the two teams squared off Thursday in the final Pacific League match for both teams.

But in the end, Burbank showed it could come through under pressure, winning 10-8 on the road against the Indians.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“The score was tied 8-8 and we knew it was going to come down to us and we had to get the win,” Burbank doubles player Dominick Sumera said. “We put our minds together and thought clearly and gave it our all and were able to pull it off.”

Burbank (11-5, 8-4 in the league), counted on Sumera and partner Parker Katz to earn a 6-3 win over Burroughs team of Kiet Hoang and Andre Fabian. Fabian was a substitute for Luc Thorn. The Bulldogs won the first meeting between the two teams 12-6.

Burbank also got a 6-0 win from the No. 1 doubles team of Luciano Dapuetto and Ethan Lee to beat the Burroughs No. 3 team of Daniel Cho and Rafael Munguia.

Cho and Munguia had won their first two sets.

“I think we’ve improved and our team chemistry has improved,” Munguia said. “I guess the more fun you have with it, the better you do.”

Burbank No. 1 player James Lee swept his sets going 6-1 over Burroughs No. 1 Kendric Marcy, 6-2 over No. 2 Samuel Bernardy and 6-0 over No. 3 player Cameron Flowers.

Burbank No. 2 Nathan Soria lost 6-1 to Marcy, 6-1 to Bernardy and defeated Flowers 6-3.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs (6-8 overall, 6-6 in the league) swept the Bulldogs in their No. 3 singles spot.

Marcy defeated substitute Sid Dendulum 6-0.

Bernardy defeated Alex Galstyan 6-3 and Flowers defeated Galstyan, also by a 6-3 score.

In doubles, the Burbank No. 1 team of Dapuetto and Lee went 7-6 (7-2) over Burroughs No. 1 Thorn and Hoang. They defeated the Burroughs No. 2 team of Sebastian Muga and Mark Do 6-1.

Katz and Sumera went 7-6 over Muga and Do and lost 7-6 (7-5) to Cho and Munguia.

Burbank’s No. 3 team of Abasi Abukusumo and Harout Abgaryan lost 4-6 to Muga and Do and 7-5 to Cho and Munguia. Alex Tsaturyan subbed in for Abgaryan in the 6-1 win over the Burroughs team of Torn and Hoang.

 

Burbank Boys Tennis Tops Burroughs, 16-2

By Rick Assad

 

As the early sets were being contested and then recorded into the score sheet, it became fairly apparent that Tuesday’s Pacific League boys’ tennis match between Burbank High and host Burroughs was going to be a rout.

After slightly more than two hours, it was exactly that as the Bulldogs prevailed 16-2 over the Indians.

Burbank is now 5-3 overall and 4-2 in league play while Burroughs is 2-5 and 1-5 in league action.

Spearheading the Bulldogs’ attack was James Lee, the No. 1 singles player who went 6-4, 6-0 and 6-1 over No. 1 junior Kendric Marcy, No. 2 sophomore Rafael Muniga and No. 3 freshman Sebastian Muga.

Lee said he expected a much closer match. “I think it was effort and motivation and more skill,” he pointed out. “But I didn’t think that it would be so one-sided.”

Lee, a sophomore then added: “I like being tested and even if you lose, you’re going to get better.”

At No. 2, junior Luciano Dapuetto fell to Marcy 2-6, but then rallied for victories over Muniga 6-0 and Muga 6-0.

Likewise, Dapuetto, who has also played soccer, figured that it would be nip-and-tuck because of the long-standing rivalry.

“I really didn’t expect it to be so one-sided,” he said. “We had seniors graduate and they had seniors graduate and both were really good. That’s what happens as the years go by. It’s all about development.”

At No. 3, junior Nathan Soria also fell to Marcy 1-6, but then came back to knock off Muniga 7-5 and Muga 6-1.

“I thought that if we played well, we should win,” Burbank coach Loi Phan said. “I didn’t think that we would win so easily.”

Burroughs Coach Roy Bernhardt said he could see early on that it wasn’t going to be easy.

“We had a tough day,” he admitted. “It’s been a tough year. We have some good players like Kendric, but you’re going to need five players like him in order to really compete. I’ve had some good teams in the past, but we’re somewhat down this year. There’s not a lot of wiggle room.”

In doubles play, Burbank’s No. 1 tandem of sophomore Ethan Lee and freshman Sid Denduluri finished the afternoon with a 6-3 win over the Indians’ No. 1 squad of junior Luc Thorn and sophomore Cameron Flowers, then defeated the No. 2 duo of junior Mark Do and junior Andrei Garcia 6-0, and held off the No. 3 tandem of junior Kiet Hoang and sophomore Jack Lieblein 7-5.

Burbank’s No. 2 team of senior Alejandro Rojas and junior Emory Kim went 6-1, 6-2 and 6-3 over the same duos.

The Bulldogs’ No. 3 of junior Aaron Nahn and junior Harout Abgaryan went 6-4 against Thorn/Flowers and 6-1 versus Hoang/Lieblein.

Junior Greg Farhadian and Abgaryan also squeaked past Do/Garcia at 7-6.