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Tennis: Spartans knock off Bulldogs

April 05, 2001|By TIM YANNI, Sports Writer

CALEXICO — In a nail-biting tennis match, the Central Union High boys tennis team narrowly defeated Imperial Valley League leader Calexico High 10-8 here Wednesday.

It came down to the wire with Central leading Calexico 9-8 going into the final set, but Eddie Figueroa, the Spartans' No. 1 singles player, held off Calexico's No. 3 Samuel Garcia 7-5 for the winning set.

"I just gave it all I had," said Figueroa. "I tried not to make any errors and I tried to get all of my serves in."

The Spartans handled Calexico in doubles with the No. 2 pair of Peter Barthelme/Leo Alvarado winning all its sets. Central's No. 1 team of Rickey Montero/Mike Salgado and No. 3 Sam Kim/Karim Chee both won two of three.

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The Bulldogs were stronger in singles with No. 1 Chris Cota knocking off all three Spartans.

No. 2 Miguel Cota added a win for Calexico and Garcia nabbed two more to help pull the Bulldogs closer to Central's narrow lead.

Figueroa said he was happy he was such a big part of the victory.

"It means that my team gets a better team record," Figueroa said. "It gives them more confidence."

Figueroa said he has hard work to thank for the ability to pull through.

"Hard work pays off," Figueroa said. "I just started working really hard."

Central coach Bob Macholtz said he was proud his Spartans pulled off a victory.

"We beat the top team in the league so we can still compete," Macholtz said. "We were swept in the first round (of IVL play) and now we're 3-3."

Of Figueroa's final set, Macholtz said, "I didn't want to watch.

"But to see him come through that way really made me proud."

Bulldog coach David Gastelum gave credit to Central.

"They just came out here and they stepped up to the challenge," Gastelum said.

"They really played an excellent match," he said. "And I want to commend them for coming up with the important points to win the match."

The Spartans next travel across El Centro to take on rival Southwest at 3:15 p.m. Friday.

The Bulldogs next host Vincent Memorial at 4 p.m. Monday.

Southwest 10, Brawley 8

The Southwest High School tennis team topped Brawley 10-8 in El Centro on Wednesday.

In doubles the Eagles got sweeps from No. 1 Randy Lyon/Greg Lyon and No. 2 Ramon Osa/Bobby Romero.

The Lyons knocked off Brawley's No. 1 duo, Matt Reyes/Grant Elmore (6-2), No. 2 Jay Carlos Mendoza/Mike Garcia (6-1) and No. 3 Enrique Sanchez/Jacob Amidon (6-3).

Osa/Romero won 6-4, 6-4, 6-0. Southwest's No. 3 team of Joe Kaye/Glen Shummard won once with a 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) match.

In singles the Eagles' No. 1, John Bonano, fell to Brawley's No. 1, Doug Williams (1-6), but defeated the Wildcats' No. 2, Gillis Virgilli (6-1), and No. 3 Sutton Morgan (6-0). Southwest's No. 2, Jared Kaye, won once — 0-6, 2-6, 6-2 — while Southwest's No. 3, Idrees Suliman, was swept 0-6, 2-6, 2-6.

Both teams return to action Friday. Southwest will host Central Union High at 3:15 p.m. Brawley will host Vincent Memorial High at 4:30 p.m.

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