CORRAL DE TIERRA — A humble Josh Pompan was all positive after completing an undefeated run through the Monterey Bay League boys tennis singles tournament on Wednesday.
The player Pompan defeated was also on a hot streak, but the York School senior stopped it cold.
Pompan defeated Palma High freshman Randy Cory 6-0, 6-2 to capture the singles championship for the first time.
For the tournament, Pompan went 4-0. His first three matches were each done in the blink of an eye.
He won his first 46 games played in the two-day event, using his forehand to keep his opponents moving from sideline to sideline.
“I felt like I really focused one point at a time, one game at a time,” Pompan said. “I played really well that last match.”
That 46-game streak looked like it was going to end earlier.
He led 2-0 against Cory in the first set, but the Palma freshman led 40-30 in the third game. Pompan got a winner to tie it and force deuce. Cory twice had advantage, including one where he hit a sideline winner that was inches fair. Pompan rallied back both times and then won two points in a row on the third deuce to win the game.
Cory had 40-15 on Pompan in the next game, using a drop shot and a forehand winner where the ball hit the corner of the court. Pompan rallied again and forced deuce. The two players battled to a third deuce, where Pompan won on back-to-back lengthy rallies.
Cory finally got to Pompan in the second set. In the fifth game, Cory trailed 15-30 but got aces in two of the next three points to force deuce. He then got another ace and a forehand winner to grab the win, ending Pompan’s perfect bid.
Despite the loss, Cory said he had fun in his first year with the Chieftains, and he envisions brighter things to come.
“I thought I had a pretty good record,” Cory said. “It was a record-setting season for us. We had a bunch of great seniors. Coming in, I think there was a lot of expectations, and hopefully I met them.”
The seasons for Pompan and Cory will continue in three weeks, as both earned a spot in the Central Coast Section singles tournament. Pompan will try to win the title that eluded him last season.
Pompan only lost twice all last season, once to the 2012 CCS champion, another to his opponent in the 2013 CCS finals. This season, Pompan is undefeated, and he hopes to keep the perfect run going.
“Hopefully I can bring one home for them,” Pompan said. “I was really excited about … last year. I’m so excited going in this year and getting another chance at it.”
In the doubles final, Monterey’s Robert Hernandez and Joseph Quario won in straight sets over Andrew Panger and Nick Trillo 6-3, 6-2.
Hernandez and Quario, who helped Monterey nearly pull off an undefeated regular season, used their powerful serve and smashes at the net to keep the Hollister duo from making a late run in each set.
“It’s nice to play our senior year together and win MBL,” Hernandez said.
Monterey led 4-1 in the second set when Hollister put together several quick winners on serve to close to within 4-2. The Toreadores then took a 30-0 lead in the next game before Quario hit a drop shot followed by Hernandez winning a rally of smash attacks.
The teams went to deuce, and Hernandez, who was serving, locked up the game with an ace.
Monterey closed it out in the next game to seal the tournament win.
Quario had six service aces, and Hernandez four.
“It definitely gave us the advantage,” Quario said of the duo’s serves.
Quario and Hernandez also will advance to the CCS tournament, scheduled to take place May 20 in Aptos.