Dogs come up short with Pitt, improve against DV

Alhambra’s Nick Atencio serves against Dougherty Valley on Thursday April 14, 2016. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra’s Nick Atencio serves against Dougherty Valley on Thursday April 14, 2016. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Martinez Tribune

Alhambra’s tennis team played a pair of games last week, starting with a match against Pittsburg on April, 13, and Diablo Foothill Athletic League match against tough Dougherty Valley on April 14.

Against Pittsburg Nick Atencio has drawn praise from coach Sarah Gallagher. “(Nick) came out playing very well his last couple of matches he has played with real command and has stepped up his game.”

Atencio was up in the first set 5-2 and then fell losing 5-7. He called for a line judge something he has not done all season and with some adversity on the court pulled out the second set 6-2  and then winning the match in a third full set 6-1.

Against Dougherty Valley Atencio was able to win a pair of games in both the first and second sets, compared to his 0-6, 0-6 losses the first time the two teams met.

Nick Ertola played his usual all out tennis leaving everything out on the court against Pittsburg. His opponent was steady and consistent  and out distanced Ertola. Losing 3-6, and then what looked like a great comeback ended with Ertola losing 5-7 in the second in a well fought match.

Against the Wildcats Ertola went 0-6, 0-6 against a tough opponent.

Michael Aboussie played a very seasoned Pittsburg player on April 13. He lost the first set 3-6 but then rallied hard to get back in the second making it 6-6.

He fell in the second set on to the tie breaker 5-7. On April 14 against Dougherty Michael Aboussie went 2-6, 2-6 in a good losing effort.

At number four singles, Tyler Zancanelli put it all together against Pittsburg. His slice shot, drop shot, lobs and serves put him a good position to win the match 6-3, 7-6, and 7-1 in the 10-point tiebreaker.

“Tyler has all the skills and now is showing the confidence to win the match – well done,” Gallagher said after the match. Against Dougherty Valley he too lost, but by a mark of 2-6, 2-6.

Theo Lebrun had an easy win 6-1, 6-0 at Pittsburg. “Being the newest player he is still finding his spot on the team,” Gallagher said, calling her number five player a great addition.

Against Dougherty Valley Lebrun played the match of the day. He lost the first game 3-6, but came back to win the second game 6-4. In the 10-point tiebreaker however he was unsuccessful in getting the lone Alhambra win, losing 7-10.

At number six singles, Jason Young played one of the best matches Gallagher has seen him play.  

“Jason is always steady and has such perfect form but has yet to close out a deserved win,” she said. He got very close against Pittsburg losing 6-7 ( 2-7 in tiebreaker) and 4-6 in a great match.

In doubles action against Pittsburg, Tyler Surges and Nick Borov took their match to three sets. The duo recovered after losing set one, but could not do much in the tiebreaker. Their line was 2-6, 6-2, 0-6. The lost 0-6, 0-6, against Dougherty Valley.

At number two doubles, Gabe Arditti and Ab Asefi lost 2-6, 2-6 against Pittsburg and 0-6, 0-6, against Dougherty Valley.

At number three doubles, Shayan Mirzezdeh and Aidan O’Leary won their long match against Pittsburg 6-4, 6-6 (7-5 in tiebreaker). “A very impressive win from these players who have not found themselves in this position before. To win a close tie break is not easy,” Gallagher said.

They lost in straight sets to Dougherty Valley.

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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