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Boys’ Tennis: Chargers Fend Off Foul Weather at Tourney

Dos Pueblos plays through rain delays to survive the first round

Despite whippy, windy, rainy, cold conditions at Thacher School, the Dos Pueblos High School boys’ tennis team survived its first-round matches on Thursday in the Ojai Tournament.

Rain delays didn’t hamper the focus and energy of the three players. Sasha Gryaznov, scheduled to play at 9:30 a.m., began his match at 11 a.m. and made quick work of his Rio Mesa opponent, Surya Kumar, with a score of 6-0, 6-1.

In doubles, Austin Cano and Christian Edstrom took six hours to finish their match, thanks to rain delays and a change of venue. The first set against a top Claremont team, Trevor James and Frank Liu, went quickly at 2-6. In the second set, Cano/Edstrom changed the momentum of the match and regrouped. They followed their shots, varied them, played with aggression and led 5-4, when rain halted the match for 45 minutes.

About 1:30 p.m., Cano and Edstrom fired up and took the set 7-5, and continued their roll into the third set, which had a lot of suspenseful moments. The crisp volleys, service winners and low groundies from both teams kept the rallies long. The score seesawed from 2-0, which became 2-1, then 2-2, 2-3, 3-3, 4-3, 5-3 and “deuce,” when another long rain delay happened.

The team eventually headed to Libbey Park South and waited for a court to open up, and sat until nearly 5 p.m. Cano and Edstrom went on the court with a purpose — to win the set. The points went to “ad out,” then back to “deuce,” then “ad in” and, finally, on a nice volley up the middle by Edstrom, the match was over.

The duo will play a top team from San Luis Obispo at 9 a.m. Friday.

— Liz Frech coaches boys’ tennis at Dos Pueblos High School.

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