A near-perfect performance from Logan Cromeens led Corona del Sol boys tennis to a 7-2 victory over Mountain View on Thursday afternoon in Mesa.
The sophomore left-hander dropped just one game in his two matches, beating Danny Laufer 6-0, 6-0 in singles before partnering up with Jeremy On and winning a doubles pro-set 8-1.
Cromeens admitted that he felt anxious before his first match of the season, especially with the added pressure of being the team’s top singles player.
“Getting out there I was a little nervous, but once I started I felt pretty good,” Cromeens said. “It was a fun match. I thought I played well.”
The rest of the Aztecs (1-0) followed Cromeens’ lead, winning four of the remaining five singles matches.
In the longest match of the day, junior Sachinda Edirisooriya outlasted Mountain View’s Caden Robison 6-2, 6-3 for the point in second singles.
Third-seeded Ariz Chang came back from a set down to defeat Cody Daniels 4-6, 6-0, 10-2 in a tiebreak.
Corona won in the fourth and sixth singles matches as well; with Connor Richards and Jeremy On recording straight-set victories.
Corona coach Andrea Niederkorn was proud of her team’s performance and felt her players kept their emotions in check after having their season opener against Skyline postponed Tuesday due to inclement weather.
“I feel like the team showed up and played very well all the way through the lineup. Of course, with Logan going 6-0, 6-0, you have to be really proud of his performance there, but I think all of our guys played really good matches,” Niederkorn said.
It wasn’t a perfect day for Corona though, as Mountain View’s Danny Laufer responded from his singles loss to win his doubles match with Caden Robison. The pair defeated Chang and an exhausted Edirisooriya 8-2 in a doubles pro-set to get the Toros (0-3) a point.
That coupled with a straight-set win in the fifth singles match was enough to give Mountain View coach Kim Roberts a positive outlook on the day.
“The last two matches we played, we didn’t win any points, so two is an improvement,” Roberts said. “I think they competed a little better today than the other two matches. I think winning those two points today, it boosted their confidence.”
Niederkorn said the win would give her team some confidence moving forward, but not too much since her Aztecs will play a tough schedule. Cromeens acknowledged that there are a lot of good teams in their league, but wasn’t afraid to set a lofty target for this season.
“The goal is always to win state,” he said. “Corona has never won it in boys tennis, but I think we have a good shot this year.”
The Aztecs will get a chance to see where they stack up against the competition on Friday when they play in the Kiwanis Tournament at Paseo Racquet Center. Meanwhile, Mountain View will have some time off before hosting Boulder Creek on March 7.
– Arlia is a sports journalism student at Arizona State.