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Indians shine in opener

BOYS’ TENNIS: Burroughs opens Pacific League play with big win against Arcadia, 10-8.

March 10, 2010|By Jeff Tully

BURROUGHS HIGH — Many in the Pacific League picked the Burroughs High boys’ tennis team to be the favorite to win a championship this season.

However, the Indians realized that if they hope to secure a crown, they would have to go through Arcadia.

Coincidently, the two teams met Tuesday in a league opener for both teams.

Battling blustery and cold conditions, Burroughs was able to battle back to earn a 10-8 victory at home.

“We knew this was probably the one that was going to be for the league title,” said Burroughs Coach Roy Bernhardt, whose squad last won the league championship in 2008. “It was just tough that it had to come in the first league game of the year.”

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The Apaches will have their chance at revenge when they host the Indians on April 27.

With the wind forcing many players to alter their games Tuesday, the Indians (4-0) won eight of nine singles sets.

“In winds like that, I just had to be more patient,” said Indians’ No. 1 singles Trevor Campbell. “I had to definitely chance some things because of the wind.”

After winning his first two sets by 6-0 scores, Campbell, a senior, had to battle to win his final set of the day in a tie-breaker, 7-6 (8-6). The victory gave Burroughs its 10th set win.

Also coming up big was No. 1 singles Robert Henry, a junior, who swept his sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-0. Freshman Garrett Approux went, 6-3, 0-6, 6-1.

Burroughs received only two set wins in doubles, one coming from Phillip Lam and Frankie Chicco, 7-5. The other came from Winston Chang and Michael Whelan, 7-6 (8-6). That win, coming late in the third round, kept the Indians alive in the match.

Burroughs began the match in good shape, taking a 4-2 lead after the first of three rounds. However, Arcadia came roaring back, tying the score at 6 after two rounds.

Campbell and Henry were the only Indians to score wins in the second round.

In the third round, Arcadia went up, 7-6, and again, 8-7, with three sets remaining. Luckily for Burroughs, they came on at the end of the round to complete the comeback.

“It was tough for us in this match because we had some easy wins before this,” said Bernhardt, whose squad won, 18-0, 18-0, 17-1, in three nonleague contests. “We had to kind of jump right in against an Arcadia team that we know was going to be pretty good.”

Burroughs returns to league action at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Hoover.


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