Varsity Boys Tennis

Menlo 5, Bellarmine 2

Date of competition: Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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The Central Coast Section seeding meeting for the boys' tennis playoffs are more than a week away, but if they were held today there would be a good chance the No. 1 seed for the postseason team tournament would be Menlo School.

The Knights likely earned that No. 1 seed on Wednesday following a convincing 5-2 nonleague victory over the Bells at the Decathlon Club in Santa Clara. Menlo improved to 17-2, with its only losses coming in the All-American National Invitational in Newport Beach earlier in the season.

The Menlo-Bellarmine match was billed as a possible preview of the CCS title match next month, and it's likely the teams could meet again. All the Knights will need to do the next time is play as well as they did Wednesday. Even in its only singles loss, senior Daniel Hoffman's three-set setback, the Knights got off to a good start. Hoffman won 20 points in a row during a 6-0 first set. Menlo's only other loss came at No. 2 doubles, another three-setter.

"The singles were phenomenal and No. 3 doubles came through," said Menlo coach Bill Shine, hoping to get his team back into the section finals after a semifinal loss last season. "That's just one step toward our goal, which is to win CCS."

Menlo won at No. 2, 3 and 4 singles as Jamin Ball, Patrick Chase and Max Glenn all won in straight sets and quickly, with all finishing in under an hour. That gave Menlo a 3-0 lead. When the No. 3 doubles tandem of Brian Peltz and Jonathan Katzman won 6-4, 6-2, the outcome was decided with three matches still in progress.

Menlo 5, Bellarmine 2
At Decathlon Club, Santa Clara
Singles -- Johnson (B) d. Hoffman, 0-6, 6-3, 6-3; Ball (M) d. Davison, 6-2, 6-0; P. Chase (M) d. Clark, 6-3, 6-2; Glenn (M) d. Chang, 6-0, 6-2.
Doubles -- Chan-Carlisle (M) d. A. Wall-Taylor, 2-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-5; Jams-Schoebel (B) d. Duggal-Sum, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; Katzman-Peltz (M) d. Geiger-T. Wall, 6-4, 6-2.
Records: Menlo 17-2

posted by Palo Alto Online on Apr 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm

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