By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor
Facing its first big challenge of the season, the Palisades High boys tennis team went 1-1 at the California Tennis Classic in Fresno and finished runner-up in the highest division following two tension-filled matches last Friday at Clovis North High.
In the Division 1 semifinals against Granite Bay, the Dolphins prevailed 4-3 thanks to straight sets singles wins by Lincoln Bellamy and Danilo Milic and doubles points from the duos of Noah Zaret/Landon Cronin, who won 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 1 position, and Adam Glickman/Souma Hayakawa, who won 10-6 in a third-set super tiebreaker.
In the final versus top-seeded Brophy College Prep of Phoenix, the second-seeded Dolphins battled to the end before falling 4-3. Milic overcame an 8-4 deficit in the super tiebreaker to stun Brophy’s Andrew Chong at No. 2 singles, Michael Kaplan was victorious 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4 singles and Glickman paired with Luke Shuman to win 5-7, 6-4, 10-6 at No. 2 doubles. Four of seven matches came down to super tiebreakers.
On Monday the Dolphins improved to 5-1 overall, 2-0 in Western League play with a 7-0 rout of visiting Westchester, dropping a total of four games in seven pro sets. Zaret and Cronin won their singles sets 8-1, Glickman won 8-0 at No. 3 and Nick Arvin won 8-2 at No. 4. All three doubles duos won by 8-0 scores.