Varsity Boys Tennis

Menlo School 16, Leland 2

Date of competition: Monday, May 6, 2013

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The top-seeded Menlo School boys' tennis team took another big step toward defending its title in the Central Coast Section Team Tournament with a 16-2 romp over No. 8 Leland on Monday in Atherton. The Knights (22-1) next will play No. 4 Bellarmine (21-3) in the semifinals on Wednesday at Courtside Club in Los Gatos at 12:30 p.m. The Bells were a 12-6 winner over No. 5 Los Altos. This will be a rematch of last year's CCS championship match, won by Menlo, 11-7.

"I really liked our concentration and determination," said Menlo coach Bill Shine, who earned his 401st triumph in his 17 years with the Knights. "They were tough and didn't let up. This is why the team is so good because they never think it's going to be easy against anyone, they're not taking anyone for granted and they respect their opponents."

Menlo seniors Richard Pham, Andrew Ball and Daniel Morkovine led the Knights in their final home match by combining to lose only three games in the six sets they played. Fellow seniors William Boyd and Eric Miller won their sets at No. 3 doubles, 6-1, 6-1, and senior Michael Hoffman played No. 2 singles in the final rotation of the round-robin format as the senior class improved to 105-2. No previous senior class at Menlo has ever gone four years with fewer than three losses.

posted by Palo Alto Online on May 6, 2013 at 7:56 pm

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