Varsity Boys Tennis

Menlo 4, Palo Alto 3

Date of competition: Wednesday, April 1, 2009

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The Menlo and Palo Alto tennis teams rank among the best in the Central Coast Section this season, and the Knights' 4-3 nonleague victory over the Vikings did nothing to change that on Wednesday. Menlo (12-2) played without junior Jamin Ball, sidelined by illness, and still overcame a talented Palo Alto team (11-3) that pushed the Knights to the limit in the marathon match that took nearly three hours to complete. In the end, it was sophomore Andrew Carlisle clinching the victory with a 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2 triumph over Paly senior Dan Schwartz, who suffered leg cramps late in third set.

Menlo grabbed a 3-1 lead with the three remaining matches headed for a third set. Palo Alto needed to win all three to pull out the victory and nearly did. Paly sophomore Baramee Wongbanchai finished off a comeback at No. 2 singles to beat Patrick Chase, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, and draw the Vikings closer at 3-2. Before Paly's Grant Audet and Alex Freeman could finish off Menlo's No. 3 doubles tandem of Zach Chase and Brian Peltz, Carlisle wrapped things up with his victory over Schwartz.

At Menlo 4, Palo Alto 3
Singles -- Hoffman (M) d. Wong, 6-1, 6-0; Wongbanchai (PA) d. P. Chase, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4; Hu (PA) d. Chan, 6-2, 6-4; Carlisle (M) d. Schwartz, 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2.
Doubles -- Glenn-Duggal (M) d. Pearson-Mitchell, 6-3, 7-5; Sum-Katzman (M) d. Tseng-Chen, 6-4, 6-4; Audet-Freeman (PA) d. Peltz-Z. Chase, 7-6 (7-2), 1-6, 7-6 (7-3).
Records: Palo Alto 11-3; Menlo 12-2

posted by Palo Alto Online on Apr 2, 2009 at 9:35 am

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posted by Keith Peters on Apr 2, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Menlo senior Daniel Hoffman won his No. 1 singles match easily during a 4-3 victory over visiting Palo Alto on Wednesday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Palo Alto senior Dan Schwartz suffered leg cramps in the third set of his loss to Menlo's Andrew Carlisle in the deciding match Wednesday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

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