High school boys tennis: Cardinal Newman outlasts Maria Carrillo to stay perfect

Cardinal Newman freshman Alejandro Serrano, 13, defeated Maria Carrillo sophomore Valentine Lohmer, 15, 6-0, 6-0 on Thursday, March 19, 2015. (Photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

Cardinal Newman freshman Alejandro Serrano Osoba defeated Maria Carrillo sophomore Valentin Lohmer 6-0, 6-0 on Thursday, March 19, 2015. (Photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Cardinal Newman, needing a win Thursday at No. 3 doubles to defeat Maria Carrillo and take over sole possession of first place in the NBL, got just that from the duo of Chris Urasaki and Cutler Price.

The pair’s victory in the last match on court enabled the host Cardinals to win the showdown, 4-3, and remain undefeated in league. Newman is 6-0 while the Pumas drop to 5-1.

Urasaki and Price took care of Maria Carrillo’s Edison Chan and Tom Poland 6-2, 6-2.

Newman gained the victory by winning two of the three doubles matches and two of the four singles.

The best player in action was the Cardinals’ No. 1 singles player Alejandro Serrano Osoba.

The 13-year-old freshman made quick work of Valentin Lohmer, winning 6-0, 6-0.

Coach Tony Greco said the exchange student from Spain has lofty goals.

“He wants to play for a top-tier college and turn pro,” Greco said. “He hits a smooth, clean ball and his ground strokes are hard and fast.”

The other singles player to win for Cardinal Newman on Thursday was Connery Gschwend at No. 2. He defeated the Pumas’ Dat Tran 6-3, 6-3.

“We’re a solid team,” Greco said. “We have good senior leadership and there’s a closeness among the players.”

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The schools will meet again in the second half of league play.

Bob Clyce, in his first season as Maria Carrillo coach, is looking forward to the rematch against the Cardinals.

“The first match was great to watch,” the coach said. “The second one should be just as exciting.

“I thought our No. 3 (Vidur Kailash) and No. 4 (Sandeep Tiwari) played solid matches.”

In other tennis action Thursday:

CASA GRANDE 7, UKIAH 0

At Petaluma, Nico Carballal led the Gauchos with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Claudio Carrera at No. 1 singles.

“We lost 10 seniors from last year’s team to graduation,” Casa Grande coach Lisa Schmitz said. “We had a lot of spots to fill but we continue to improve.”

The other singles victories were turned in by Kevin Zamanzadeh, Jeff Becker and Sam Fuller.

PETALUMA 4, HEALDSBURG 3

At Healdsburg, the Trojans won all four singles matches and the Greyhounds swept the doubles.

Winning at singles were Kevin Cox, Nathan Wong, Zach Leno and Alex Wolf.

ANALY 6, EL MOLINO 1

At Sebastopol, No. 1 singles player Nick Wight led the way with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Andes Toruno.

The Lions got their win at No. 3 when Arlo David defeated Jeremy Rozet 6-4, 6-3.

The other Analy singles winners were Aidan Toner Rogers and Greg Gonzales.