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Burroughs, Burbank turn Pacific League tennis finals into almost all-city affair

Tennis: Indians claim both singles and doubles champions, while Bulldogs advance two players to CIF.

May 01, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Burroughs' Sawyer Patterson won the Pacific League singles title.
Burroughs' Sawyer Patterson won the Pacific League… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

PASADENA — What started as a seven-team tournament nearly ended as an all-Burbank city affair Wednesday afternoon at the Pacific League boys’ tennis finals at Pasadena High.

Burroughs and Burbank high placed competitors in the league’s singles and doubles finals with the Indians taking home each crown and the Bulldogs advancing two competitors to the CIF Southern Section Boys Individual Tennis Tournament.

PHOTOS: Pacific League boys' tennis finals

While it may have seemed reasonable to think the Indians’ postseason fortunes were in shambles after the season-ending injury suffered in March to singles ace Garrett Auproux, the two-time reigning All-Area Singles Player of the Year, Burroughs proved resilient as sophomore Sawyer Patterson captured the singles championship and the squad of Michael Whelan and Calvin Fox captured the doubles crown.

“It was difficult when Garrett went down and it forced us to make some changes,” Burroughs Coach Roy Bernhardt said. “We had to move around some players and had to raise expectations of others.”

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One such change came on the doubles side, where Bernhardt entered the combination of Whelan and Fox, who had only previously played three sets together, into the tournament.

The fourth-seeded duo rolled through two matches Monday before notching consecutive upsets in Wednesday’s semifinals and finals match, including a thrilling 5-7, 7-5, 10-6, victory over crosstown rivals Keon Park and Clayton Pauff of Burbank.

“We knew we didn’t play well in the first set and had to come back,” Fox said. “Midway through the second game, we knew we had to come back.”

After Park and Pauff led wire-to-wire in the first set for a 7-5 win, the Bulldogs took a quick 1-0 advantage in the second set. Yet, rather than falling behind, 4-1, as in the first set, Whelan and Fox battled back and alternated the lead until taking a 5-4 advantage after a Bulldogs error clinched a game.

The Burroughs duo then forced a deciding third set when Whelan laced a shot down the line for a victory.

In the final set, the Indians jumped out to a 4-1 advantage and continued to lead, 7-4, until the Bulldogs scored two points on a backhand from Park and an Indians smash into the net closed the deficit to 7-6.

From there, though, the Indians turned separation into victory by scoring the next four points en route to the 10-6 win.

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