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Aragon’s Devon Hughes hits a return during his 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 1 singles.
The Carlmont boys’ tennis team eked out a 4-3 win over Aragon in their first meeting of the season March 25.
Since then, it’s been all Aragon. After beating the Scots in their final regular-season meeting last week, the Dons downed Carlmont again in the championship match of the Peninsula Athletic League Team Tournament Tuesday, beating the Scots 6-1 to punch their ticket to the Central Coast Section tournament for the third year in a row.
Aragon coach Dave Owdom said the key coming into Tuesday’s title match was to win at least one of the doubles matches because it’s hard to expect a sweep at the four singles spots.
Turns out, Owdom didn’t have to worry. The Dons dominated the singles, winning all four while losing only 11 games.
“My singles guys stepped up and did a wonderful job,” Owdom said. “My numbers 3 and 4 guys were on top of their games.”
Jonathon Liu, Aragon’s No. 3 singles player, was the first match off as he cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Mathew Fowler, at No. 4 singles, was just as dominant, losing only one game while winning 6-0, 6-1.
Aragon’s No. 1 singles Devon Hughes, who will attend University of North Carolina in the fall on a full academic scholarship, possibly played his final home match. He made sure he went out on top, winning 6-1, 6-4.
“This last week, it’s the best I’ve seen [Hughes] play,” Owdom said.
Isaac Wang completed the singles sweep for the Dons, winning at No. 2 singles 6-4, 6-1.
Wang could have won much more convincingly, as he led 5-0 in the first set before Carlmont’s Alex Yang rallied with four straight wins to close to 5-4 before Wang closed him out and then won the second set easily.
“We were a little lacking in singles,” said Carlmont coach Amina Doar Halsey, whose Scots’ squad has been without regular No. 1 singles player Vrain Ahuja, who strained his back a couple weeks ago.
“(But Aragon) played awesome singles today.”
Carlmont picked up its lone win at No. 1 doubles, where Ben Knoot and Sohun Awsare turned the tables on Aragon’s Landers Ngrichamat and Alex Ilyin, beating the Aragon pair 6-1, 6-2.
“[Knoot and Awsare] are a great team together,” Doar Halsey said.
The two tandems hooked up in last week’s regular-season match and Doar Halsey said her duo was off their game. Tuesday, it was Aragon’s turn to struggle.
“It was a bad day (a week ago). Today was a bad day for [Aragon],” Doar Halsey said. “This time around, it was the direct opposite. It just shows tennis can change day to day.”
The final two doubles matches were the most competitive of the day, with Aragon winning at both No. 2 and No. 3.
The No. 2 tandem of Tony Wang and Sameer Jain trailed throughout the first set. They were down 6-5, but won the 12th game to tie the set at 6 to force a tiebreaker before prevailing 7-3. Things went much smoother in the second, with the Aragon team winning 6-4.
The No. 3 doubles match saw Aragon’s Fabio Gallardo and William Miyahira, and Carlmont’s Bobbie Goldie and Jonathon Li splitting the first two sets. Gallardo and Miyahira won the first set 6-4, but Goldie and Li rallied to rout the Aragon tandem 6-0 in the second set.
With the team match already decided, the two played a third-set, super-tiebreaker. In the first-to-10-points finale, Gallardo and Miyahira pulled out a 10-7 victory.
While Menlo-Atherton and Aragon have secured spots in CCS, Carlmont is on the bubble. Doar Halsey said, however, she will attend the seeding meeting and lobby for her team’s inclusion.
“There’s always a chance (to make CCS),” Doar Halsey said. “I’ll fight for my team.”