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Prep boys tennis update: Vanden, Armijo rolling, Rodriguez Fairfield build toward future

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Vanden's Reis Vince Cruz returns the ball during the boys doubles tennis match with teammate Adam Stephens against Fairfield's Ezra Salandanan and Asim Qureshi at Vanden High School in Fairfield, Thursday. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

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From page B1 | April 13, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Two teams have league titles in their site. Two others have their futures in theirs.

The prep boys tennis season is nearing the end of regular season play and both the Vanden and Armijo High teams control their own fate when it comes to winning league titles.

Rodriguez and Fairfield aren’t quite vying for championships just yet, but expect them to be in the mix as the Mustangs and Falcons are gaining valuable experience this spring.

Here’s a look at this season’s teams:

Vanden

The Vikings are rolling through the Solano County Athletic Conference, posting a record of 12-1 with two matches to go, including one Tuesday against a team that handed them their only SCAC loss, American Canyon.

The Wolves won the first SCAC match 5-4, but the Vikings stormed back in the second, prevailing 8-1.

Patrick Dazo, Devin Cabillo, Leonard Hsiung, Joseph Brooks, Jamie Abelon and Vince Cruz Stephens are all back and carrying the team, while Adam Stephens, Cameron Hoover, Dustin Edmonds, Brandon Servino and Fernando Angulo are newcomers also contributing to the Vikings’ success.

Two more wins guarantees Vanden another SCAC title.

“We aren’t completely surprised, but we didn’t expect to control our own destiny right now,” coach Stan Lewis said. “Leonard Hsiung is a big surprise at No. 3 singles. He’s played awesome. He was No. 3 in doubles last year. And Brooks (10-1), no one expected him to play singles. He’s 10-1 at No. 4 in singles. Ramirez is new and he’s hasn’t lost all year.

“Patrick (5-6) and Devin (8-3) have also played great. Patrick has some good wins for us. It’s hard playing No. 1, playing everybody’ best player every time.”

Armijo

The Indians are atop the heap in the Monticello Empire League at the moment and coach Greg Davis wants it to stay that way.

Derek Wadsworth, Sean Dolan, Liem Nguyen, Erik San Miguel and Jose Gagalione are all back, helping the Indians to an undefeated mark so far in the MEL.

New to the squad this spring are Andrew Freeman, Andrew Saghir, Joe Caspers, Leng Vue, Patrick Dolan, Gabe Van and Christian Navasca.

“This is a really, really young team. We only will graduate 2 seniors this year,” Davis said. “We had a great tourney in Fresno (to start the season).

“We got a lot of experience right off the bat. The kids are very smart. Their futures are very bright. We are firing on all cylinders.”

Rodriguez

The Mustangs only return a few players this season, with building toward the future a priority.

Jason Sagara, Ilya Protasov, Sahil Kishan and Nick Bennett are the top returners for Rodriguez, with Jason Kellenbeck, Vincent DeJesus, Daniel Viray, Oscar Luna, Robert Reyes and Kevin Truong also having experience on the court.

New to the team this season are Warren Dembksi, Noah Gaudet, Ramiro Guttierrez-Gonzalez, Jordan James, William Lee and Thanphong Vo.

“This season, the team is stronger at singles and more experienced than last year,” coach Sebastian Remy said. “Our seniors are helping our freshmen. The Mustangs will play their very best every day to proudly represent our school. They will also promote good sportsmanship on and off the courts.”

Fairfield

It’s a rebuilding year for the Falcons and first-year coach Dante Carrasco wants to start a new tradition at the school.

David Lura, Ryan Canlas, Patrick Mercado, Kevin Tran, Bryan Ngo and Chris Payumo are all back this season.

This year’s newcomers looking to help build that tradition are Asim Qureshi, Carlos May, Christian Tomillosa, Justin Guinn, Daneil Acuesta and Ezra Salandanan.

“We have a lot of new guys so we’re trying to get them up to speed, along with our returning players,” Carrasco said. ” It’s a program that I know hasn’t been consistent so we’re trying to get some consistency going. One thing I will say is that our team has a lot of great attitudes and it’s been a joy coaching these guys.

“My approach, basically, has been it’s a rebuilding season. . . . The goal is to get some other people interested in tennis and knowing that there is a tennis program at Fairfield High, try to get them to come out and join the team.”

Reach Brian Arnold at 427-6969 or barnold@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/barnolddr.

Brian Arnold

Brian Arnold

1992 graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.
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