LBHS Boys Tennis has busy week with four back-to-back matches

The LBHS Boys Tennis team had a very busy first week back from Ski Week with four back-to-back matches. 

The first opponent they faced was a mighty Aliso Niguel squad, resulting in a 7-11 loss in a match where three of the sets lost were in tiebreaks. This match easily could have gone to the Breakers, and Coach Rick Conkey was pleased with the depth of his Breakers team.   

Senior Mason Lebby won two sets at #1 singles (6-4, 6-3) but fell against Aliso Niguel’s #2 singles in a tiebreak. Junior Andrew Johnson notched a set at #2 singles and lost a tight set against Aliso Niguel’s #3 singles in a tiebreak.   

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Senior Mason Lebby

Sophomores Casey Boehm and Matthew Duong teamed up at #2 doubles to secure two sets (7-5, 6-2) but lost against Aliso Viejo’s #2 doubles team in a tiebreak. Kyle Herkins and Matt Berk paired up at #1 doubles to get a set (6-2) and seniors Scott Yoder and Francis Pillsbury also notched a set (6-3).

Wednesday’s opponent was Mission Viejo High School, resulting in an 11-7 victory for the Breakers. Coach Conkey was impressed with the tenacious and gritty play of doubles duo Casey Boehm and Matthew Duong, who won all three of their sets at #2 doubles (7-5, 6-3, 7-5). 

In the final set, Matthew came down with severe leg cramps – he found a way to dig deep to overcome his body and tough opponents and Casey was awesome as a supportive partner. Kyle Herkins and doubles partner Matt Berk won two of their sets (6-3, 6-3) at #1 doubles. 

Singles players Mason Lebby won two sets (6-2, 6-2) at #1 singles and freshman Ian MacLaughlin also notched two key sets (7-5, 6-2) at #3 singles. Scott Yoder and Francis Pillsbury added a set (6-4) at #3 doubles as did Andrew Johnson (6-2) at #2 singles.

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Freshman Ian MacLaughlin

The closest match of the week was against St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, who lost in the second round of the CIF Division 2 playoffs last year. This match was a nail-biter until the last two sets of doubles, both lost in tiebreaks. If either set had gone to the Breakers, the score would have been tied 9-9 and the Breakers would have won in games. That was not in the cards as the Breakers lost 8-10. 

#2 doubles Kyle Herkins and Mo Berri won twice (6-4, 6-1) as did the #3 doubles team of Scott Yoder and Andrew Duong (6-4, 6-3). Casey Boehm and Matthew Duong had a win at #1 doubles (6-2). All three Breakers singles players (Mason Lebby, Andrew Johnson, and Ian MacLaughlin) won a set each (6-0, 6-1, 6-0, respectively).

Friday’s match against Laguna Hills High School resulted in dominance by the Breakers’ doubles teams as they swept in doubles, winning all 9 sets with four of the sets scoring 6-0 for the Breakers, and the Breakers winning 12-6. Coach Conkey relied on the depth of his doubles players, with Taylor Tran and Diego Tellez also seeing a lot of court time. 

The boys rested over the rain filled weekend ready to take on their next opponents before league play begins later next week.