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Indians win singles, doubles titles

Boys' tennis: Auproux and Burroughs duo both secure Pacific League championships at finals.

May 06, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk,
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PASADENA — Arcadia High finished tops in Pacific League boys' tennis this season, but the final day of the league tournament at Pasadena High on Wednesday belonged to Burroughs, with Garrett Auproux capturing the singles title and the duo of Oscar Lam and Wen Yao Lin beating the Apaches' reigning league-champion tandem to take the top prize in doubles.

"I'm proud of myself, I played pretty well," said Auproux, who breezed through Wednesday's semifinals and finals with just three games lost. "But I'm also proud of my team and Wen Yao Lin and Oscar Lam…It's a good team effort. I'm glad our team got second place [in league], but we should do better in CIF."

Hoover's Oleg Simonyan made sure it wouldn't be an all Arcadia-Burroughs final by making a run to the singles final, where he was stopped by the top-seeded Auproux, 6-2, 6-0.

"I was happy to make the finals, but the finals was really hard because I was so tired and it's so hot," Simonyan said. "I tried my best."


Simonyan made his way to the final round with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Arcadia's Andrew You in the semifinals earlier Wednesday after notching a 6-1, 1-6, 10-7 win against another Arcadia player in Monday's quarterfinals at the same location.

"He won two very tough matches to get to that final," Hoover Coach Julie Hoppe said of Simonyan. "Garrett is just a great player."

Simonyan said of his semifinal triumph, "I was just relaxed and stuff and I moved my feet and again I did my best."

While the heat took its toll on most players Wednesday, Auproux hardly seemed bothered, dispatching Glendale's Nick Shamma in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-1, and showing little sign of fatigue by the end of his fi¿ nals win.

"I felt fine, I've been pretty used to [the heat], I've been playing a long time," Auproux said. "You just have to be smart, drink a lot of water and stay in the shade when you're waiting."

In doubles, Lam and Lin clinched their title with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Arcadia's George Chiu and Hardy Lou, where each set started out close before the Indians duo found an extra gear to pull away each time.

"They were getting their serves in pretty well and the first game was pretty difficult," Lam said of Chiu and Lou. "But then after a while, you get into it and it's better."

Arcadia, Burroughs, Glendale and Burbank had already qualified their teams for the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs by finishing in the top four in league.

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