Just as it did during regular season matches, the Cupertino boys tennis team dominated the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division's individual tournaments last week at Mountain View High School.
The Pioneers, who were undefeated during a 12-0 run to the El Camino team championship this spring, also proved unbeatable during the singles and doubles tourneys, April 26-27. The team's depth of talent was on display once again, as the finalists in both events were all Cupertino players.
Sophomore Manpreet Tiwana captured the singles title, outlasting senior Gabino Sanz in the three-set final match, and freshmen Tommy Cheng and Razvan Dobrin claimed the doubles crown against another pair of Pioneers, junior Hong Suh and freshman Kelvin Wang.
Neither Tiwana nor Sanz, who shared time at No. 1 singles for the Pioneers this season, dropped a set during the quarterfinal or semifinal rounds, before putting on a dazzling demonstration in the championship match. Tiwana took the first set 6-3 but Sanz outlasted his younger teammate in the middle set 7-6, including a 7-5 tiebreaker. Both players made their share of winning shots in the final set, before Tiwana emerged victorious 7-5.
Sanz reached the finals with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Fremont's top player, Nick Bacelic, while Tiwana topped E. Lee of Mountain View in the other semifinal contest 7-5, 6-2.
In the doubles tourney, Cheng and Dobrin did not lose a set. They scored a 6-4, 6-3 triumph in the finals against Suh and Wang, the Pioneers' No. 1 doubles team during the regular season.
Cheng and Dobrin breezed into the championship match, losing just one game in each of their first two matches. Suh and Wang found the path to the finals a bit tougher, but still won in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 over Fremont's Scott and Josh Sarsfield, and 6-2, 6-4 against Homestead's Tom Kim and Goji Miyao in the semifinals.