By Alan Der OHANNESSIAN
In singles tennis, Falcons’ number one Chris Kim defeated Burbank’s number two James Hong 6-4, but CV came up short against Burbank 9-8 Tuesday at CV.
Kim got off to a strong start jumping to a 15-40 lead. Hong saved both breaks, leading to deuce. On the deciding point Kim got the break, as Hong hit a forehand into the net for a 1-0 lead.
His success continued as he held his serve in the next game.
Similar to the last game, he got to an early 40-15 lead before Hong saved one break on a double fault by Kim. However Kim got the next point on a wide forehand winner to extend his lead 2-0.
Hong held his serve to keep Kim at bay.
Hong advanced to a 40-0 lead when Kim hit forehands and backhands into the net. He was able to save two breaks on a cross-court forehand winner and another forehand winner down the line. But Hong got the next point after Kim hit it into the net to cut the lead 2-1.
Hong continued to play catch up as Kim held serve on the next game.
Kim continued strong, jumping to a 40-15 lead in the next game. He overpowered his opponent with cross-court passing shot and solid serves, capitalizing on Hong’s errors and holding strong 3-1.
In the fourth game Kim came up short and Hong capitalized on groundstroke errors. On the deciding point, he opened the court with a short angle forehand for a forehand volley into the open court, 3-2.
Kim recovered in the next game to keep his lead 40-0, finishing it with a cross-court forehand winner, 4-2.
Hong then gave Kim a taste of his own medicine, jumping to a 40-0 lead on wide ground strokes by Kim. On the deciding point, Kim went for broke hitting a wide backhand winner down the line, 4-3.
In the next game, Hong gave himself a chance to tie the game, however he failed to break serve. The game went to deuce. But Hong couldn’t keep his composure as he missed a forehand volley into the open court, 5-3 Falcons.
Hong couldn’t break serve in the final game leading to his defeat 6-4.
Coach Sarah Wiggins said she was happy that some of the players in doubles, (Jeremy Cho and Tim Chong) showed heart and determination as they won two of their three matches in tie break, 7-6.
The Falcons next play Burroughs on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.