@credit:Keith Peters

It doesn't get much better

Publication Date: Wednesday May 31, 1995

CCS TENNIS: It doesn't get much better

Palo Alto's Bohaboy adds individual jewel to Vikes' team crown

By Alex Valdes

No one can be sure what the tennis future holds for Palo Alto High senior Doug Bohaboy, but it is certain the past will hold plenty of happy reminiscing. Bohaboy tacked on one more pleasant memory on Thursday, beating St. Francis senior Cory Guy, 7-5, 7-6 (10-8), in the Central Coast Section singles championship match at Imperial Court in Los Gatos.

Earlier that day, in the semifinals, Bohaboy ousted Robert Louis Stevenson's Chris Chatham, 6-4, 6-4.

It was just one more jewel in the crown for Bohaboy, who finished with a 28-1 record on the season. In addition, he helped Palo Alto win its fifth consecutive CCS team title--that coming with a 6-1 upset victory over Monta Vista that marked the "retirement" of Paly coach Keith Clark, who'll turn his attention to coaching only the Viking girls' team next season.

On Thursday, Bohaboy rebounded from a 5-3 deficit in the first set, then maintained his momentum in the second set, vaulting to a 4-1 lead.

"I was trying to stay more patient on the baseline, trying to extend the rallies," Bohaboy said. "When I could get the rally past a few balls, then I would usually get points."

Bohaboy and Guy are no strangers to each other--they frequently practice together and Bohaboy said, "I've played him a lot over the years . . . We switch off and on. I was justy happy to pull through."

The victory in the singles tournament marked the first time that a Paly player captured the singles and helped win the team crown in the same season.

Said St. Francis coach Gary Dinneen, "Doug has very good groundstrokes, and he was more even and consistent than Cory. It was a match that could have gone either way, and the most consistent player (Bohaboy) won. Cory had a lot of ups and downs."

Guy, a Portola Valley resident, is headed for UC Santa Barbara next season on a tennis scholarship.

The victory capped a career that witnessed Bohaboy's steady improvement since his freshman season, and he is now ranked No. 4 in Northern California in the current age-group ratings.

One of the few things he regrets is not having been able to compete more in the CCS singles tournament. In his junior year, he injured his wrist prior to the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division tournament and couldn't compete, thus negating any chances of reaching the CCS tourney.

And in Bohaboy's sophomore year, he eschewed the singles competition for doubles, where he was part of team that captured the SCVAL title.

But, he said high school afforded him the opportunity to vastly improve his game.

"In the last couple of years, I've improved a lot," he said. "I worked pretty hard, and the team worked pretty hard. In an area like this with a lot of talented players, everyone gets better because everyone practices together. It breeds on itself."

As for the future, Bohaboy said he is considering participating in the Pacific Northwest open men's circuit, a four-week engagement. Or, he said, he might just simply find a job and earn some money.

He'll need it for college, where he will be attending Northwestern University in Chicago on a tennis scholarship. He said he thinks he has a chance to land a spot at No. 4, 5, or 6 in the singles ladder.

"It's a good, young team," Bohaboy said. "They finished third in the Big Ten. They had a couple of really good freshmen, and there are two of us coming in."

To prepare for the grueling college competition, Bohaboy said he is shoring up the serve-and-volley aspect of his game. In that regard, longtime coach Thor Holt has been helping him fine tune.

In CCS doubles, Palo Alto's Jason Blue-Smith and Yo Kobayashi fell to Carmel's Bentley Austin and Even Zenopian in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-2. 

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