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Best move is no move at all

The Orange County Register
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Woodbridge keeps its lineup intact and knocks out Los Alamitos, 12-6.

Woodbridge boys tennis coach Ric Barth scouted Los Alamitos when it defeated University in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs Saturday.

Turns out Barth probably could've saved the effort.

The second-ranked and fourth-seeded host Warriors defeated the fourth-ranked Griffins, 12-6, in the quarterfinals Tuesday.

Woodbridge (21-2) senior Shimpei Suzuki, who had wondered if he would play singles or doubles, performed like an experienced senior at his normal No. 2 singles spot.

"We pumped him up and told him that he needed to play the best game in the most important match of his career," Barth said.

Suzuki swept, 6-0, 6-0, 6-1, having little trouble against Los Alamitos' Derrick Dill, who is known for getting into an opponent's head and playing tough from the start to finish.

Los Alamitos (20-1) suffered its first loss of the season, possibly at the expense of a different lineup that favored Woodbridge.

The Griffins' Taylor Leiby, a regular No. 1 singles player, played at No.2 doubles.

The No. 1 doubles team of Leland Buttle and Mark Vartebedian were split, Vartebedian staying at No. 1 and Buttle switching to No. 2 doubles.

Woodbridge won eight of nine singles and took four of nine doubles.

Sophomore sensation Michael McClune, who has not lost a match all year, swept at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-0, 6-0.

The surprise came at No. 3 singles, where junior Barend Mitton won two sets.

Barth was hoping for one set, and Mitton was later substituted to give teammate Pat Rye some playoff time.

Woodbridge will need all the help it can get when it next faces top-seeded Harvard-Westlake of North Hollywood with a coin flip deciding the site.

In Division II:

No. 7 Troy 13, El Dorado 5: Freshman Jonathan Noguchi swept at No. 3 singles to lead the visiting Warriors (23-3) past the Seahawks.

In Division V:

Viewpoint of Calabasas 11, Sage Hill 7: The Lightning (16-8) played the toughest nonleague schedule of any Division V team but fell at the hands of the defending champion at the Balboa Bay Racquet Club.

Contact the writer: mmelendez@ocregister.com


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