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A paring that clicked

La CaƱada's team of Grayson Frazier and Trent Jones enjoyed a senior season that yielded league, as well as CIF, success

July 16, 2010|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

Grayson Frazier and Trent Jones have known of each other since they were in elementary school.

As they both began to engulf themselves in tennis, both took similar paths, following in the footsteps of their tennis-enthusiast fathers, as they made the sport a priority when middle school rolled around.

That similar development has led to similar success.

"Doubles is a different game than singles," La Cañada High boys' tennis Coach Will Moravec said. "There wasn't a lot of miscommunication between them because they were both learning it at the same rate, at the same time."

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Before they started learning doubles tennis, the two played against each other in sixth grade during a tennis camp at the Rose Bowl.

From there, their relationship grew into a friendship, after the two took classes together in junior high and high school.

Little did they know they would become a formidable pair, and turn into the second-most successful doubles team in La Cañada's history, according to Moravec, who has coached the program for 19 years.

The highlight of their high school careers for Frazier and Jones came this past season when the Spartans beat rival San Marino, which had been undefeated in league for 28 years

"Senior year was the best by far," Frazier said. "It was a great way to end it."

Frazier and Jones finished second in Rio Hondo League, going all the way to the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Individual Regionals, where they lost in a three-set match. In addition, the duo posted a 46-7 record and helped the Spartans advance to the Division II team quarterfinals.

It is because of that success that Frazier and Jones have been named the 2010 All-Area Tennis Doubles Team of the Year by the sports editors and writers of the Burbank Leader, Glendale News-Press and La Cañada Valley Sun.

The pairing that yielded so much success this past season actually took shape two years ago. During their sophomore year was the first time Frazier and Jones partnered up. The duo's first experience together came when Frazier's regular partner got injured, and Jones stepped in.

"We worked really well together from the first match, it was kind of weird," Jones said. "Usually when you first play with somebody you have these mix-ups where you both go for the ball at once. It is usually awkward, but we just clicked."

The right combination of compatibility and skills served them both well.

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