Bulldogs Edged by Whitney in Quarterfinals, 10-8

First published in the Nov. 13 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Burbank High School’s varsity girls’ tennis team narrowly fell to visiting Whitney High of Cerritos, 10-8, in the CIF-SS Division 3 tennis quarterfinals on Monday afternoon.
The Bulldogs’ doubles teams carried the load, recording six of nine set wins. However, Burbank dropped seven of nine singles sets.
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Burbank Edged by Glendale in Girls’ Tennis

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

Photo by Austin Green / Burbank Leader Burbank’s Molly Foenander (right) returns a serve while doubles partner Ellen Petrosyan (left) stays ready near the net during the Bulldogs’ 10-8 loss to Glendale.

After a nearly 18-month layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Glendale and Burbank high schools’ girls tennis teams recently opened the season at Glendale, taking to the courts for the first time. The host Nitros secured a 10-8 win in their first match under new head coach Jim Jenks, who took over from Tom Gossard after the 2019 season.
“It was great to get out and get the girls moving again. I think they needed it, I needed it and we’re all excited to be out here once again,” Jenks said.
Glendale welcomed a limited number of family members, all masked and distanced throughout the school’s six tennis courts, to cheer on players from both teams. Coaches mingled with parents — many of whom had never met the coaches in person, especially in Jenks’ case — and instructed players during between-match breaks. Players shared encouragement or consolation with their teammates.

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Bulldogs Rout Glendale, 17-1

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

Photo by Austin Green / Burbank Leader
Adam Ridaoui, Burbank High School’s No. 1 singles player, gets ready to hit a return during his opening set at Glendale High School on Wednesday.

Thirteen months after their 2020 season — and their No. 1 player’s bid for a league championship in singles — was cut short due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Burbank High School boys’ tennis throttled host Glendale High, 17-1, on Wednesday in the season opener for both teams.
Adam Ridaoui, the Bulldogs’ top player, only lost one game in his sophomore season debut, sweeping his sets 6-1, 6-0, 6-0. Burbank’s No. 2, senior Abasi Abukusumo, also went undefeated on the day, going 6-3, 6-0, 6-4.
“They looked sharp,” Bulldogs head coach Loi Phan said. “We actually got a couple of practices together, so we look good. We got a couple freshmen [and] I’ve been curious to see how they play in a match.”

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Doubles Teams Lead Nitros Past Burbank, 10-8

By Austin Green
Glendale News-Press

Photo by Austin Green / Glendale News-Press
Glendale’s Lizzy Davtyan gets ready to return a volley while doubles partner Momo Guzman looks on during the Nitros’ 10-8 recent win over Burbank. Davtyan and Guzman went 3-0 in their doubles sets, the only duo to go undefeated in the match.

After a nearly 18-month layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Glendale and Burbank high schools’ girls’ tennis teams recently opened the season at Glendale, taking to the courts for the first time.
The host Nitros secured a 10-8 win in their first match under new head coach Jim Jenks, who took over from Tom Gossard after the 2019 season.
“It was great to get out and get the girls moving again. I think they needed it, I needed it and we’re all excited to be out here once again,” Jenks said.
Glendale welcomed a limited number of family members, all masked and distanced throughout the school’s six tennis courts, to cheer on players from both teams. Coaches mingled with parents — many of whom had never met the coaches in person, especially in Jenks’ case — and instructed players during between-match breaks. Players shared encouragement or consolation with their teammates.

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