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Bulldog tennis making big improvements as DFAL play heats up

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

Alhambra tennis is putting together some nice game wins together as their season progresses. And their results at Dublin show that.

Number one singles player Nick Atencio played one his best matches all season. Atencio, as the number one for Alhambra, usually has the unfortunate task of playing against some of the toughest players in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League.

But on Tuesday, April 12, he came out and took command of the match early and was up 5-2. His opponent battled back bringing it to 5-4 before Atencio closed it out winning the first set 6-4.

“Nick’s forehand was a powerhouse – this and some excellent serves proved too much for his opponent. The second set continued the battle with some great rallies, hard driven placement shots, some incredible gets when it looked as if the point was over both played tough determined tennis,” Coach Sarah Gallagher said.

The second set went to Dublin 6-2 (a closer set than the score reflects according to Gallagher). In the 10-point tie breaker for the match, both players went back and forth in a tense battle.

Dublin’s player came out with the win at 12-10 in an incredibly tight match. “Nick proved why he is number one today – he played confidently and with an edge and he is only a sophomore, (which is) impressive for this league,” Gallgher said.

At number two singles Nick Ertola battled through a match where he was banged up, never giving up or giving in. He played until it hurt – literally running into the fence, falling down to get the ball.

“He was all over the court,” Gallagher said.

He tied the first set 6-6 coming back from behind and then lost the set tie breaker 4-7. In the second set his opponent came out confident and took the lead early winning the first four games before Ertola re-grouped and battled back to win a couple of games losing 2-6.

At number three singles, Michael Aboussie had a tough day on Tuesday. It just was not his best day. “That’s tennis,” Gallagher said after the match. “He fought to stay in the match but in the end his opponent ended up closing out the points for the win.”

At number four singles, Tyler Zancanelli also played some of his best tennis, according to Gallagher, playing many long points but could not come up with the win today. Losing 2-6, Number five singles player Theo Lebrun played a long first set before finally capturing the win 7-6 in the set tie breaker. The second set he continued with his momentum winning the set 6-2 and the match. A well played contest for Alhambra’s only win on the day.

Number six singles player Jason Young was beaten in two sets by his Dublin opponent, 2-6, 2-6.

In doubles action, number one duo Tyler surges and Nick Borov lost 2-6, 2-6 in a much closer match than the score shows.

Number two doubles pair Shyan Mirzezdeh and Ab Asefi played a really fun match losing the first set 5-7, and then 3-6 in the second.

Number three singles players Peter Strykers and Aidan O’Leary lost 0-6, 0-6 in a tough day at the courts for them.

About Gerardo Recinos

Gerardo Recinos is a journalist currently living in Concord, Calif. He is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, with a degree in Journalism (History minor). Gerardo covers sports throughout Martinez and Pleasant Hill. It's his lifelong mission to get people in the U.S. to stop calling football "soccer," and to call American football "handegg."

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