GLENDALE — Heading into the home stretch of the regular season, the Glendale High boys’ tennis team is seeking to solidify its doubles play.
The Nitros might have moved a step closer to reaching that goal.
Host Glendale won seven doubles sets Wednesday to earn a key 12-6 Pacific League victory against Crescenta Valley.
“I think we played our best in doubles today,” said veteran Glendale Coach Bob Davidson, whose team improved to 9-4, 6-3 in league. “They were really outstanding and we know it’s going to be a key for us to have a shot at being successful.
“To be able to win seven sets in doubles, I’m very pleased.”
Glendale split the two head-to-head meetings with Crescenta Valley, which dropped to 9-4, 7-3. With Arcadia (9-0) running away with league, Crescenta Valley is in second place, followed by Glendale and Hoover. The top four teams automatically qualify for the postseason in May.
The Nitros received a sweep in doubles from Mike Akopians and Nick Zatikian (6-3, 6-1, 6-3). Glendale also got two victories apiece in doubles from David Cassaburi and Mheir Krikorian (7-5, 6-2) and Artiom Ambartsoumian and Matt Davidian (6-2, 6-4) to turn back Crescenta Valley.
Davidson praised Akopians’ effort.
“He’s been our most solid guy in doubles all season long,” Davidson said. “He’s working very well with Nick, who is just a freshman.
“They got us off on the right note getting that first win.”
Glendale held a 5-1 lead after the first round, providing it with some breathing room.
Glendale also received a sweep in singles from Arin Meserkhani (7-5, 6-4, 6-4). The Nitros received two wins in singles from David Ismailian (6-4, 6-1).
Crescenta Valley got two singles victories from Albert Chtchyan (6-2, 6-2). Jonathan Frink (6-0) and Ted Yang (6-4) also had one win apiece in singles for the Falcons. Crescenta Valley got a pair of wins in doubles from Aren Abrahamian and Jason Chang (6-4, 6-3).
Crescenta Valley second-year Coach Sam Hyun said the Falcons will look to regroup during their final two league matches.
“We have to get back out there and practice a little more, especially in doubles,” Hyun said. “We have to cut down on our unforced errors in both singles and doubles and get back on track.
“Glendale’s doubles teams were outstanding today. They might have some of the best doubles team in league right now. They were tough to handle.’
Glendale and Crescenta Valley will take part in league home matches Wednesday. Glendale will play Burbank and Crescenta Valley will meet Hoover.
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