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Valiant boys tennis gears up for 07 race

TENNIS: Sophomore Andrew Tran leads VC singles players for the 2007 campaign

BEAVERTON - Valley Catholic's boys tennis team enters the 2007 season with a brand new coach but the same old dedication to competitiveness.

Former coach Donna Roisom left the Valiants' tennis program after some two decades at the helm and a state title in 2001, but first-year head coach Michael Kilbury is ready to pick up where Roisom left off. Kilbury, a teaching pro at Tualatin Hills and former collegiate player, is expecting a solid season from his boys team.

'Yeah. I think we'll have a winning record. I think we'll be good,' Kilbury said. 'I think we'll be solid.'

Sophomore Andrew Tran will lead the way in singles play this season, while juniors Sylvester Luu and Christopher Lomartire will battle for time at No. 2, and freshman Kevin Hassett and senior Sung Chung will vie for time at No. 4.

Tran 'has very solid groundstrokes and a big serve. He has a huge forehand and he gets around the court real well,' Kilbury said.

Luu and Lomartire, meanwhile, might also make some noise at district 'given the right draw,' Kilbury added.

In doubles, the Valiants will look to seniors Leo Yamaguchi and Andrew Peekema at No. 1, seniors John Bamford and A.J. Liebertz will play No. 2, junior Kevin Park, Chung and senior Merrick Zagunis will go at No. 3, and senior Long Ngo and junior Tom Young are due at No. 4.

'Leo and Andrew have, by far, the most experience,' Kilbury said. 'They know what each other will do, but they're kind of a wild card. I don't always know what they'll do.'