Search:

No. 7 Canyon claims title with undefeated run

FOR OCVARSITY.COM

PLACENTIA - Last season, with the Century League title up for grabs, Canyon dropped a final-set tiebreaker in the third round of their season finale against El Dorado to finish second by less than a handful of games in a 9-all tie.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Comanches swiftly eliminated any possibility of another narrow outcome.

No. 7 Canyon (18-0, 12-0) claimed all but one set in the first round, then took four of six in the second before cruising to a 12-6 victory over the host Golden Hawks to finish the regular season undefeated for the first time since 1994.

“We’ve had some very good teams, individually-wise, but nothing like this,” Comanches coach Wil Wilkins said. “The depth of this team is amazing. ... We have a legitimate chance to go far in the playoffs.”

Canyon’s No. 1 singles player and reigning Century League Singles Player of the Year, Amanda Zuidema, gave the visitors three of their four singles sets with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 sweep.

“Amanda is a special kid,” Wilkins said. “She has the ability to play with the best kids in the league, and CIF for that matter. She works harder outside of practice than anyone I’ve ever seen. ... She always wants to get better.”

Until a third-round tiebreaker went to No. 10 El Dorado (15-5, 9-2), the Comanches’ doubles lineup was 8-for-8 in sets and, more importantly, 2-for-2 in tiebreakers -- one in each of the first two rounds.

The all-junior No. 3 team of Tyler Garant and Lauren Candia swept its sets, 7-6, 6-2, 6-0, and Helena Bui and Nicole Huizinga claimed their two, 6-3, 6-0.

“Our girls all went out and did their jobs,” Wilkins said. “They’re always confident when they’re playing; they don’t need me to go out there and pump them up. They get pumped up and excited altogether. ...  I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

For the Golden Hawks, Gabrielle Etchegaray (6-0, 6-1) and Bridget Etchegaray (6-0, 6-0) claimed two singles sets apiece.


See archived 'Sports' stories »
 
Ads by Google


Other Varsity coverage:
Inland Empire
ADVERTISEMENT 
Search Players


ADVERTISEMENT 
Football:

Santa Margarita 40, Cathedral Catholic/San Diego 14 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Riverside Prep 62, Brethren Christian 0 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Crean Lutheran 60, Lutheran/Chula Vista 14 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

San Clemente 27, San Juan Hills 34 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Marina 21, Aliso Niguel 40 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Costa Mesa 15, Northwood 0 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Trabuco Hills 10, Rancho Cucamonga 45 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Kennedy 20, Fullerton 32 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Dana Hills 14, Tustin 74 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

La Habra 41, El Toro 7 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed