Varsity Boys Tennis

Menlo 4, Bellarmine 3

Date of competition: Friday, May 15, 2009

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Menlo seniors Daniel Hoffman, Max Glenn and Ryan Duggal put the finishing touches on their Central CoastSection careers by all having a hand in victories while leading the top-seeded Knights to a 4-3 victory over No. 2 Bellarmine on Friday in the CCS team championship match at the Courtside Club in Los Gatos. The final score was not reflective of the match as Menlo clinched quickly at 4-0.

The Knights improved to 24-2 while winning their eighth CCS crown while the Bells fell to 22-2, their only two losses to Menlo. Both teams now advance to the NorCal Tournament that begins this Friday in Oakley, where Menlo and Bellarmine will likely meet again in the finals. Should that happen as expected, Menlo can count on its seniors to lead the way.

"Without them," Menlo coach Bill Shine said of the three seniors who played Friday (Jay Baxter was the lone senior who did not), "we just don't get it done. This doesn't happen without our seniors. They were the ones who had that determination in their eyes. They were not going to go down."

After junior Jamin Ball won quickly by beating Ian Clark, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 2 singles, Glenn gave Menlo a 2-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph at No. 3 singles against Michael Chang. Moments later, Duggal teamed with sophomore Kyle Sum to wrap up their No. 2 doubles match over brothers Alex and Tommy Wall, 6-2, 6-4. That made it 3-0 with Hoffman closing in on the final point.

Hoffman, playing No. 1 singles, battled back from an early deficit in the first set to defeat Eric Johnson, 6-3, 6-1. Johnson had beaten Hoffman during the team's dual match, which Menlo won by 5-2. No sooner had Hoffman shaken hands with Johnson that he was mobbed by his teammates in a wild celebration.

For Glenn, the CCS title made up for the one he missed during basketball season. He tore meniscus in his right knee during the season and missed the Knights' CCS Division IV championship game. In fact, it was first thought that Glenn might miss the entire tennis season. But, he recovered quickly and helped make a big impact on the tennis team, which won its 16th straight on Friday. Duggal was equally pleased to contribute this season, after Menlo was beaten in the semifinals last season. The seniors pretty much vowed not to let that happen again.

CCS Team Championship
At Courtside Club, Los Gatos
Menlo 4, Bellarmine 3
Singles -- Hoffman (M) d. Johnson, 6-3, 6-4; Ball (M) d. Clark, 6-2, 6-1; Glenn (M) d. Chang, 6-2, 6-2; Taylor (B) d. P. Chase, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Doubles -- Schoebel-James (B) d. Chan-Carlisle, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1; Duggal-Sum (M) d. T. Wall-A. Wall, 6-2, 6-4; Geiger-Chung (B) d. Katsman-Peltz, 3-6, 6-4, 10-5.
Records: Menlo 24-2; Bellarmine 22-2

posted by Keith Peters on May 18, 2009 at 12:38 pm

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posted by Palo Alto Online on May 27, 2009 at 10:30 am

Video Senior Menlo tennis standout Daniel Hoffman won three matches at No. 1 singles while leading the Knights past M-A, St. Ignatius and Bellarmine in the CCS team tournament. His victory against the Bells clinched the team title in a 4-3 win.
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