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Burroughs, Burbank well represented in league tennis semifinals

Boys' tennis: Bulldogs and Indians will both have singles and doubles players in semis after doing well in the preliminaries.

April 29, 2013|By Jeff Tully,
  • Burroughs' Kevin Hoang and Wen Yao Lin embrace after winning their second prelim match in a Pacific League boys doubles tennis prelims match at Pasadena High School on Monday, April 29, 2013. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Burroughs' Kevin Hoang and Wen Yao Lin embrace after… (Tim Berger Staff…)

PASADENA — Burroughs and Burbank highs will be represented in the Pacific League semifinals in boys' tennis.

Both the Indians and Bulldogs players earned the right to advance to the final day of league competition with fine performances in Monday's preliminaries at Pasadena High.

Two doubles teams and a singles player from Burroughs and a doubles squad and singles athlete from Burbank will take part in the event at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the same venue.

There is a guarantee that the locals will be represented in the finals, as two Indians doubles squads will go head to head in one semifinal Wednesday.

As expected, the Burroughs team of Kevin Hoang and Wen Yao Lin, seeded No. 1, breezed through its first two matches Monday. In the first round, the two dispatched No. 16 Gary Voskanian and Evan Keum of Hoover, 6-1, 6-0, before defeating No. 9 Robert Lee and James Ho of Crescenta Valley, 6-1-6-1. Last season, Hoang teamed up with Phillip Lam to capture the doubles title.


Hoang and Wen will be facing teammates Michael Whelan and Calvin Fox, the No. 4 seed. Whelan and Fox played doubles for most of the season for Burroughs, helping them win a Pacific League championship. Burroughs Coach Roy Bernhardt was hoping to get the doubles duo a No. 2 seeding so it wouldn't have to face another Burroughs team until the final. However, the league coaches voted against that idea, and one Indians squad will be eliminated.

If Bernhardt would have kept Whelan and Fox in singles, there's a good chance they both would have advanced deep into the tournament.

"We screwed up," Bernhardt said of the move to pair the two. "I thought that Michael and Calvin were a strong enough doubles team to be No. 2. But I guess the other league coaches didn't want two Burroughs teams competing for the doubles championship."

Whelan and Fox did have a relatively easy time advancing to the semifinals. In the opening round, the two beat No. 13 Eddie No and Hrant Aghakani of Hoover, 6-0, 6-0, and kept up the momentum in the quarterfinals by getting by No. 5 Albert Chan and Guillame Lam of Arcadia, 6-1, 6-2.

"We played doubles together I think only once earlier this season, but not much for the team," said Fox, who is Whelan's step-brother. "But we've played a lot of doubles in junior tournaments, so we know how to play together and we know the other's strengths."

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