Lancaster sweep nails down tie for 2nd in Golden League

first_imgLancaster High’s boys’ tennis team, led by defending Golden League singles champion Duong Thai, beat Palmdale on Tuesday in one of its biggest tests of the season. The Eagles’ victory makes the playoff race a little clearer. They swept the season series with Palmdale, snapping the Falcons’ four-match winning streak, to assure themselves no worse than a tie for second place. Quartz Hill (13-3 overall, 9-0 Golden), which defeated Lancaster twice, extended its league winning streak to 160 matches and closed in on its 16th consecutive title with a victory over Highland. Much of Palmdale’s success under first-year coach John Konrad can be attributed to its doubles play, with Pedro Gonzalez/Jose Gutierrez and Michael Castro/Tyler Coombes recording important victories. Palmdale’s strength was neutralized by the performance of Lancaster’s singles lineup, which helped the Eagles improve to 8-2 in league. [email protected] (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventPalmdale, which on April 11 defeated Highland (6-4 in league) for the first time, will have to duplicate the feat in the regular-season finale May 4 to secure third place. The Falcons (6-5, 6-3) outlasted Highland 77-74 on games after the teams played to a 9-9 tie. Business as usual: Many area leagues have structured the final two weeks of their regular-season schedules around the 106th Ojai Valley Tournament, which runs today through Sunday. No Golden League players were selected for the prestigious CIF singles or doubles draws, and that could be beneficial. With rain possible today and Friday, league coaches have stressed the need to complete all matches before the May 8 league tournament at Palmdale High. Seeding is believing: With only a handful of matches left on the schedule, Golden League teams are making every effort to solidify their lineups for the league tournament and Southern Section Div. III playoffs. Lancaster’s Thai and Quartz Hill’s Alex Majd are expected to be the top two seeds in the singles draw. The Rebels could dominate the doubles draw, with Rohit Choudhary and Anish Patel the top seed and Dan Brown and Randy Mang – winners of the Quartz Hill tournament April 15 – the likely No. 2. last_img read more