Joey Brooks of Vanden returns a volley to his opponent from American Canyon during the two teams matchup in Fairfield, Thursday. (Adam Smith/Daily Republic)


Vanden tennis team wins, moves into 1st place

By From page B7 | March 28, 2014

FAIRFIELD — What a difference a few weeks makes.

The Vanden High boys tennis team rebounded from an earlier Solano County Athletic Conference loss to American Canyon and defeated the Wolves 8-1, Thursday.

With the win, the Vikings (7-1), who fell to American Canyon 5-4 on March 11, move into first in the SCAC. The Wolves and Benicia are both 6-2 in league play.

“We’ve been looking forward to this match since we lost last time,” Vanden coach Stan Lewis said. “We play well at home. We still have to play at their place next time. We still have seven (SCAC) matches left. It’s close. There are a lot of close teams. It’s going to come down to the end.”

Three singles players and two doubles teams rebounded from losses March 11 to pick up wins Thursday, though only one faced the same opponent.

The Vikings’ Patrick Dazo, at No. 1 singles, picked up a 7-6 (1), 6-4 3 win over Cedric Adona, while No. 2 singles player Devin Cabillo came back with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 win over Justin Hernandez.

“Patrick’s win at No. 1 was unbelievable,” Lewis said. “(Adona’s) one of best players in the league.”

Jamie Abelon (No. 5 singles), along with the doubles teams of Reis Vince Cruz/Adam Stephens (No. 1) and Brandon Servino/Fernando Angulo (No. 3) also won their matches Thursday after losing matches March 11.

Abelon won 7-5, 7-6 (6), while Vince Cruz and Stephens won 6-3, 6-2. Servino and Angulo prevailed 6-2, 7-6 (4).

Other winners for the Vikings Thursday were Leonard Hsiung (No. 3 singles, 6-4, 6-4), Antonio Ramirez (No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0) and the No. 2 doubles team of Cameron Hoover and Dustin Edmonds (6-0, 6-2).

The only Viking to fall on Thursday was Joey Brooks, who lost to American Canyon’s Patrick Booth 6-4, 7-5. It was Brooks’ first loss of the season.

Vanden plays a makeup match at Fairfield, Friday, before playing another key SCAC contest at Benicia, Tuesday.

Reach Brian Arnold at 427-6969 or [email protected] 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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