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Burbank Tennis Falls in First Round of CIF Playoffs

There was a time when making the CIF Southern Section playoffs wasn’t a big deal for the Burbank High boys’ tennis team. That was mostly in the 1990s when the Bulldogs won 14 consecutive league championships including a CIF title in 1993.

But times have changed the Bulldogs have struggled in recent years.

This year they got into the playoffs for the first time in five years. Their stay was short, however.

The Bulldogs lost to host Pasadena Poly 17-1 Wednesday in a Division 2 first round match.

“The outcome wasn’t as planned, but the experience is something,” Burbank coach Kenneth Banares said of making the playoffs. “ Kevin (Orellana) has been waiting for four years.”


Burbank (7-7) got its lone win from Orellana, who won 6-0 over Pasadena Poly’s Turner Thompson.

Orellana lost 7-6(7-3) against Pasadena Poly’s top player, Jack Fleming. He lost 6-0 to No. 2 player Mustafa Ansari.

“I told them you never know what the outcome might be,” Banares said. “Obviously we heard they were pretty good and seeded. We told them to go out and have fun and play like you have all season.”

Burbank No. 2 player Luciano Dapuetto went down 0-6, 1-6, 2-6.

Burbank No. 3 player James Lee went down 0-6, 1-6, 6-7(7-2).

In doubles, Burbank’s No. 1 team of Emory Kim and Alejandro Ramos lost 6-2 to Pasadena Poly’s Austin Gee and Nikhil Adarkar, 6-0 to the team of Jesse Evans and Tim Mattiessen and 6-2 to the team of Mohit Aayush and Nichlas Khang.

Burbank’s No. 2 team of Jacob Sugars and Harout Abgaryan went 0-6, 0-6, 1-6.

Burbank’s No. 3 team of Nathan Soria and Ethan Lee went 0-6, 2-6, 1-6.



Burroughs Surprises Burbank in Tennis Win

Things didn’t go well for the Burroughs High boys’ tennis team when the Indians faced off against rival Burbank High earlier this season.

Thursday the Indians were ready for the visiting Bulldogs.

With their team back at full strength the Indians pulled out a 10-8 Pacific League victory.

“We went to our regular lineup and put one of our singles players into doubles,” said Burroughs doubles player John Hoang. “It’s nice to beat our rivals.”


Burbank (6-6 in league) won the first match between the two teams 14-4. But that was on a day in which Burroughs No. 1 singles player Kendric Marcy lost the one set he played and defaulted the remaining two sets because he was sick.

Haze Martin, who is generally a singles player for Burroughs was also strategically put into doubles.
“We thought we’d win, but that it would be close like 9-9 or 10-8,” said Burroughs Steven Zhang.

Marcy was at full strength this time around and swept his sets, going 6-4 over Kevin Orellana, 6-0 over Luciano Dapuetto and 6-0 over James Lee.
Burroughs No. 2 singles player Patrick Suarez didn’t fare as well, losing 6-0 to both Orellana and Dapuetto and 6-1 to Lee.
Rafael Munguia, the Indians’ No. 3 player lost all three sets by 6-0 scores.

In doubles, Burroughs No. 1 team of John Hoang and Pete Vo went 6-3 over Burbank’s Alejandro Ramos and Emory Kim, 6-2 over the Bulldogs’ team of Ryan Hyun and Nathan Soria and 6-2 over the team of Jacob Sugars and Harout Abgaryan.

Burroughs’ No. 2 team of Martin and Bryan Ortiz went 0-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Burroughs No. 3 team of Kiet Hoang and Zhang went 0-6, 7-5, 6-4.

The Indians also finish the regular season with a 6-6 league record going into next week’s Pacific League individual tournament.




Burbank Tennis Holds Off Hoover

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The Burbank High tennis team was once known for its strength in doubles. That was under legendary coach Clyde Richards, who led the Bulldogs to a CIF championship, 14 straight league titles and 116 consecutive league victories from 1990 to 2002.

Fast forward to 2016 and the Bulldogs are now using their strength in singles to pull out victories.

The Bulldogs swept all nine singles sets Thursday in a 11-7 Pacific League victory over host Hoover High.

“The singles did their job as usual. That is going to be our strength,” Burbank co-coach Kenneth Banares, a 2011 graduate, said. “The doubles need a little work. This is the beginning of the season and you don’t know who you are going to be pairing up in doubles. We’re trying to find out who we can use, who we can put together.”

In singles, No. 1 player Kevin Orellana swept his three sets by scores of 6-0. No. 3 singles player James Lee also swept all three sets by 6-0 scores.

No. 2 singles player Luciano Dapuetto won his sets 6-2, 6-1, 6-0.

In doubles, Burbank’s No. 1 team of Arsh Zahed and Ryan Hyun went 3-6, 2-6, 1-6.

The No. 2 team of Harout Abgaryan and Nathan Soria went 3-6, 4-6, 7-5.

The No. 3 team of Ethan Lee and Emory Kim went 1-6, 4-6, 6-2.