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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.

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“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.

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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.


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.