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Singles Players Carry San Marcos to 13-5 Win at Dos Pueblos

Alexi Gill of San Marcos rips a two-fisted backhand during match against Vincent Villano of Dos Pueblos. Click to view larger
Alexi Gill of San Marcos rips a two-fisted backhand during match against Vincent Villano of Dos Pueblos. (JC Corliss / Noozhawk photo)

San Marcos swept the nine singles sets and lost only six games en route to a 13-5 Channel League boys tennis victory over Dos Pueblos on Monday at the Chargers' courts.

Royals Dominik Stefanov, Alexi Gill and Daniel Newton dominated in their sets.

"Dominik, Alexi, and Daniel had a laser-like focus today," said San Marcos coach Jarrod Bradley. "They took time away from their opponents, hit deep, heavy groundstrokes, and finished off points at the net."

In doubles, the team of freshman Sam Friedman and junior Jimmy Wimbish won in the first round to give the Royals a 4-2 lead. 

Dominik Stefanov makes a backhand return during his first-round singles set against Dos Pueblos. Click to view larger
Dominik Stefanov makes a backhand return during his first-round singles set against Dos Pueblos.  (JC Corliss / Noozhawk photo)

"Jimmy served well all match. His confidence has grown this season and he's finishing sets on his racket by serving strategically and mixing up pace and spin. It's been fun to watch," said Bradley.

The Royals took the second round 5-1 and the third round 4-2.

"We've been playing great second rounds all season and have shown steady improvement in finishing matches as well. It's a fun group of guys to coach and watch play," said Bradley.

The Dos Pueblos brother combination of Christian and Ryan Hodosy swept their doubles sets, losing only four games. The other two sets were won by the teams of Andrew DeAlba/Dyllan Huynh and Pratik Gupta/Alex Oaten.

"I am proud of our Charger team who went out and gave everything they had," DP coach Liz Frech said. "We had nothing to lose against a powerhouse San Marcos team. They battled to the end and stayed positive, and cheered for each other in this match that lasted over 2 1/2 hours 

San Marcos improves to 4-0, 1-0 in Channel League while Dos Pueblos falls to 2-2, 1-1 in Channel League.

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