Redlands boys advance to fourth straight tennis final
By Gabriel Rizk
REDLANDS Back-to-back defending champions don’t typically have anything to prove, but for the Redlands High boys tennis team it’s been a different story this season.
Bumped up to CIF-SS Division 2 after dominating Division 4 the last two years, the Terriers sought to show they belonged.
With a 10-8 win over Newport Beach Sage Hill in the Division 2 semifinals at home on Wednesday, which vaulted them into their fourth CIF final in a row, Redlands removed any doubt.
“A lot of people doubted us in other divisions, so we’re just proud to represent RHS,” Terriers junior Ishaan Shrivastav said. “Let’s do it one more time.”
Redlands, the No. 2 seed, will play top-seeded Yorba Linda in the finals at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Claremont Club.
“I didn’t expect this (with) a two-division jump, losing the pieces that we lost,” Redlands coach Sean Comadena said. “I honestly thought getting to the semis would be a huge accomplishment.
“This was surprising. I’ll take it, though.”
Jay Swanson and Christian Lensang’s doubles win that provided the deciding 10th point was one of several key sets the Terriers’ win hinged on.
No. 1 singles Jansen Comadena defeated the Lightning’s top player Adam Langevin, 6-2, to help Redlands get out of the first round in a 3-3 tie. But Coach Comadena credited that with energizing the rest of the Terriers for the next two rounds.
“My son stepped up and just set the whole tone in that first round,” Sean Comadena said. “He beats a guy that is a Division 1-level player, higher ranked than him, and he just played amazing. I couldn’t be prouder of my son and the rest of the team.”
The match was then tied at 5 with two doubles matches still on the court. Swanson and Lensang picked up a 6-4 win to ensure the Terriers would not […]