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Burbank Boys Tennis Tops Burroughs on Tiebreaker

The first Burbank-Burroughs boys’ tennis match of the season was so close that everyone was done playing and they had to get their calculators out to see who won.
Visiting Burbank escaped with a 73-71 win in games after both teams won nine sets each.
“I told the guys every game counts,” Burbank coach Loi Phan said. “I told them a win (in a set) would be great, but I need games. I knew it was going to be super close.”

Burbank (4-2 in league and overall), was able to pull through thanks to No. 3 singles player Hakop Kerimyan pulling out a 6-2 win over Burroughs No. 2 Kyle Lester.
“The nerves really got to me against the last guy. I beat him 6-2, but it was very hard fought,” Kerimyan said. “Most of the points went down to the wire. Most of them were his mistake and not my skill. This is my first year on varsity and there was a lot of pressure being in on the deciding point.”
Burroughs (3-3) was led by No. 1 singles player Sam Bernardy, who earned a sweep by going 6-4 over Sid Denduluri, 6-2 over Yash Desai and 6-0 on Kerimyan.
“It was an exciting match. I actually thought we were going to win when we got started,” Burroughs coach Roy Bernhardt said. “But then it started getting tight.”
Lester, who was the Burroughs No. 2 singles player, fell 6-1 to Denduluri and defeated Burbank No. 2 Yash Desai 7-5.
Burroughs No. 3 player Blake Hildebrandt went 0-6, 3-6, 2-6.

In doubles, Burroughs won five of the nine sets.
The Indians No. 1 team of Mark Do and Trieu Nguyen lost 6-4 to Burbank’s No. 1 team of Ethan Lee and Abasi Abukusumo . Do and Nguyen defeated the Burbank No. 2 team of Greg Gevojanyan and Daniel Khrlobian 6-4 and the No. 3 team of Dominik Sumera and Michael Westwood. 6-1.
The Burroughs No. 2 doubles team of Cameron Flowers and Sebastian Muga fell 6-1 to Lee and Abukusumo, defeated Gevojanyan and Khrlobian 6-1 and lost 6-2 to Sumera and Parker Katz, who substituted for Westwood.
The Burroughs No. 3 team of Daniel Cho and Rafael Munguia lost 6-1 to Lee and Abukusumo, but defeated Gevojanyan and Khrlobian 6-2 and went 6-0 over Sumera and Westwood.

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.

Vastly Improved Burroughs Boys Tennis Beats Glendale 13-5

By Rick Assad

 

Slow and steady improvement across several years by the Burroughs High boys’ tennis team has borne fruit.

The Indians evened their books with a 13-5 victory over visiting Glendale in a Pacific League match on Thursday afternoon.

Burroughs is now 3-3 overall and 3-1 in league action, while the Nitros are 2-3 in all matches and 1-3 in league.

“They’re older. They’re smarter. They’re a little bit stronger and they’re relaxed and hitting the ball,” longtime Burroughs coach Roy Bernhardt said of his vastly improved squad.

Sophomore Sam Bernardy, at No. 1 for the Indians, swept through his work with ease, winning 6-3, 6-1, 6-0.

“I’ve just been practicing a lot and I feel like practice pays off, so when I go out and do what I do in practice, it tends to bring out a win,” Bernardy said after his day concluded.

Bernardy’s opponents were No. 1, sophomore Marko Ratkovic, No. 2, senior Richard Mirzoian and No. 3, sophomore Lonfranco Marenzi.

Burroughs grabbed nine points via victories in doubles play as the No. 1 team of senior Mark Do and sophomore Trieu Ngyuen were victorious 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 over No. 1 junior David Chibukhchyan and freshman Hayk Avetisyan, No. 2 sophomore Andres Hermina and freshman Jose Moreno and No. 3 sophomore Arsis Zaghean and sophomore Michael Baghdasaryan.

The Indians’ No. 2 tandem of senior Cameron Flowers and junior Sebastian Muga blitzed through 6-3, 6-1, 6-1.

At No. 3 doubles, the duo of senior Daniel Cho and senior Rafael Munguia rifled past 6-1, 6-1, 6-0.

The Nitros also used sophomore Erik Karapetyan, who subbed for Hermina and senior Justin Byron, who filled for Baghdasaryan, later in the match.

“In the beginning we played well. I thought we played okay throughout the match,” Glendale coach Eric Kazangian said. “We need to improve in doubles. We won five points in singles and none in doubles. We did a nice job in singles.”

At No. 2 singles for Burroughs, freshman Kyle Lester drilled Marenzi 6-2, however, Ratkovic beat Lester 6-1 and Mirzoian knocked off Lester 6-1.

Marenzi downed No. 3, junior James Patanian 6-1, who then excused himself after admitting to poor play, as sophomore Blake Hildebrandt filled in. Ratkovic defeated Hildebrandt 7-5 and Mirzoian staved off Hildebrandt 6-4.