Alhambra tennis gets first set wins

Martinez Tribune

The Bulldog tennis team is not going down without a fight. Not so long ago, all Diablo Foothill Athletic League contests were no-doubt 0-9 losses.

But that’s changing.

Yes they lost to Campolindo 2-7 on April 19, but it is still a definite improvement.

In the number one singles slot, Nick Atencio got off to a slow start having some difficulty getting into his game. He would end up losing the first set 1-6. In the second set he re-grouped and focused and played a much better second set, the kind of tennis that is the usual for him according to coach Sarah Gallagher.

He had some hard hitting forehands, deep baseline shots mixed with some really good serves. He would lose 4-6 in the second set.

 In the match of the day, number two singles player Nick Ertola came out playing to win and was in the early command in the first set up 4-1 until his opponent rallied back making it 5-5. But Ertola stayed in it to win 7-5.

In the second set it looked like it was going to be a repeat of the first but Ertola could not hold the 4-4 stalemate and lost the set 4-6. In the 10-point tie breaker, the two players went back and forth until Ertola won 10-7. With the rest of the team watching, the senior picked up a big win. 

Theo Lebrun moved up from number five to play a very close match at number three singles. He would go on to win the first set 6-4, and then fought back for the second set to win 7-5.

“Great job by Theo,” Gallagher said.

At number four singles, Tyler Zancanelli has been playing some of his best tennis these past two weeks. He has been using all the weapons, a drop shot, slice, cross-court, down the line and some nice lobs.

“He too started out slow having to sit and wait for his match he was not as warmed up as he likes to be,” Gallagher said.

After losing the first set 2-6, he was warmed up, so that in the second he looked in charge and won 6-3. In the 10-point tiebreaker he and his opponent went back and forth points, but Zancanelli would end up losing 8-10 in a great match.

At number five singles, Michael Aboussie lost 1-6, 3-6 in a struggle.

“Michael has been so close to winning this season and has played some really great matches and played extremely well and as the season winds down it is becoming a mental challenge to relax and play his game,” Gallagher said. “He did so the second set and it looked as if he would win.”

It didn’t happen on Tuesday, but Gallagher is sure Aboussie will get his win with two more matches left this season.

At number six singles, Jason Young always plays steady but just has yet to have the long points go his way. He would end up losing 0-6, 1-6.

In doubles action, number one duo Gabe Arditti and Tyler Surges lost 0-6, 1-6 against a team of brothers who knew each other’s game so well they were unbeatable.

Number two pairing Nick Borov and Ab Asefi had some really good points and rallies but could not take the win losing 2-6, 3-6.

The final varsity pairing, Shayan Mirzezdeh and Aidan O’Leary lost 2-6 2-6.

The Bulldogs will have their senior day matches on Tuesday, April 26.

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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