Wednesday was just another day for the Davis High boy’s tennis team: warm up, play a match, win that match, then head home.
The Blue Devils trounced visiting Laguna Creek, 8-1, at the DHS Tennis Complex.
The Devils would have won 9-0, but No. 1 singles player Tristan Dutta went down with cramps and had to forfeit his match.
It was an easy victory, despite Davis head coach Dale Hersch sitting several of his regulars. Dan Segedin, Chase Kellison, Bob Li and Louis Pak all got to rest as Hersch mixed and matched to create his lineup.
“I don’t really know my doubles lineup right now,” Hersch explained. “In matches, even though we’re not playing super-strong league teams, kids play differently. It’ll help a lot with our depth because of injuries. If someone gets hurt or has a test I quickly gotta go, ‘Boom, you guys are playing together.’ ”
Still, besides the forfeit due to injury, the Blue Devils were absolutely dominant.
The three doubles teams finished first, with the No. 1 duo of Andrew Michelmore and Daniel Zhu winning 6-0, 6-1; Raleigh Lukas and Dennis Tian blanking the Cardinal No. 2 squad 6-0, 6-0; and Evan Anderson and Matt Duong posting a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
Meanwhile, the local singles players took the LCHS players to school. David Wang won 7-5, 6-1 at No. 2 and was the last player to finish.
Cooper Hosley, son of DHS girls coach Sally Hosley, took his match 6-3, 6-0 and No. 4 Angus Yip crushed his Cardinal opponent, 6-0, 6-1, while No. 5 Kyle Qi and No. 6 Jacob Woodard both won their outings.
The Devils finish the Delta Valley Conference season on the road today at Laguna Creek in a make-up match.
After that, Davis looks to the postseason. For the first time in four years, the Blue Devils will go to war without one of the best players ever to play at DHS, four-year No. 1 singles player Glenn Hull, now suiting up for Claremont-McKenna-Scripps.
And, with only one senior on the squad, Hersch will be taking a very young team to the playoffs.
“Tennis, though it’s a ‘team sport,’ it really is not a team sport,” Hersch said. “One player cannot dominate like a pitcher, a point guard or a quarterback. We’re (probably) not going to win sections this year — Jesuit is better up and down. (But) we’re not playing to beat Jesuit, we’re playing to be the best team we can be.
“There are no upsets in tennis, except for once in a while. There’s no way around it, because if you’re better than the other team, even if they win a couple of matches, you’re still going to win.”
But Hersch knows one thing for sure: The 2014 edition of the Devils will work hard to the end.
“They know their roles, and what I like about them is that they’re working hard and they’re great kids,” Hersch said. “You don’t have to have a Glenn Hull to win sections, we’ve proven that in the past. You gotta work as a team and win at whatever number you’re at. We might not win at one or two, but we win at doubles and at a five or a six, there’s your five wins.”
— Reach Thomas Oide at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterThomas.