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O.C. All-County boys tennis: First team
The Register’s All-County boys tennis team.
Max Cancilla, Marina, Sr.
The University of Pennsylvania-bound senior finished the year with a 35-3 record and was one of three county players named a National High School All-American. Cancilla was the Sunset League’s singles runner-up and advanced to the quarterfinals at the Ojai Tournament and the CIF-SS Individual Championships.
Pedro Fernandez del Valle, Corona del Mar, Sr.
The senior was part of the area’s best one-two singles punch. Fernandez del Valle went 54-6 and helped CdM capture the CIF Southern California Regional team crown. The Denver commit was the Pacific Coast League singles runner-up, and advanced to the final 16 at CIF Individuals.
Riley Smith, Los Alamitos, Sr.
He capped a stellar high school career with a Sunset League singles title, an appearance in the CIF Individuals semifinals, and was recognized as a National High School All-American. The USC-bound senior remains one of the top high school players in the nation, currently ranked No. 4 in the country.
Axel Stern, Beckman, Sr.
Stern performed commendably as Beckman’s top singles player for the past four seasons, and he graduates as the school’s all-time leader in wins (227). As a senior, Stern racked up a 60-14 record and advanced to the round of 16 in the Ojai Tournament in doubles play. He’ll continue his tennis career at Quinnipiac next season.
J.T. Joens, Sr., and Tommy Wang, Sr., University
They were the Pacific Coast League doubles champs, besting their fellow University teammates in the league’s semifinals and championship match. Joens and Wang also advanced to the round of 16 in the Ojai Tournament and CIF Individual Championships, tied for the furthest in the county at both events.
Hudson Graf, Sr., and Patryk Kozlowski, So., University
Graf and Kozlowski lost to their teammates in the Pacific Coast League doubles finals, but the tandem made the most of their berth in CIF Individual tournament, advancing to the round of 16. Kozlowski will return as one of the top players to watch as a junior next spring.
Hans Hwang, Jr., and Josh Piatos, Sr., University
Hwang and Piatos played in University’s No. 1 slot for a majority of the season, but finished in third place behind their teammates in the Pacific Coast League championships. The Trojan pair played their best against the top competition, going a combined 7-0 against eventual CIF Division 1 champ, Peninsula, in three meetings this spring.
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