BTen: Channel League Championship field whittled down

Kento Perera - San Marcos

San Marcos’ Kento Perera is seeking his second league title on Thursday. (File Photo)


The Channel League Individual Tennis Tournament will be decided on Thursday at the Tennis Club of Santa Barbara.

Kento Perera will defend his Channel League singles title against Lars Scannell at 4:30 p.m. The final four of the doubles tournament was decided on Wednesday, setting the table for the semifinals that begin at 2:30.

Three of the semifinalist teams come from Santa Barbara High, stacked against Dos Pueblos’ Miles Baldwin and Joshua Wang. Top-seeded Jackson Powell and Miles Hale won both their matches 6-1, 6-1.

The seeds held in the doubles. Jordan Rodnick/Logan Lender and Taggart Mills/Tyler Greenwald reached the semifinals as the third and fourth seeds, respectively.

Powell and Hale face Mills and Greenwald while Jordan Rodnick and Logan Lender take on DP’s Baldwin and Wang.

The singles tournament saw Scannell reach the final as the No. 6 seed. He’ll face Perera, a sophomore who has never lost a Channel League set.

“Lars executed the game plan perfectly. His cross-court forehand is dominant and when he mixes up his first serve with flat serves and kick serves, he’s very hard to beat because he can close off the net so quickly for put away volleys,” said Royals head coach Jarrod Bradley.

Round 1 Doubles Results:
Powell/Hale def Daniel (DP/Gutierrez(SM) 6-1, 6-1
Hensley/Villano def Tanner Gray/Mason Beiling (B) 6-0, 6-0
Coulson/Piltch def Nicholas and Tyler Licenski 6-0, 6-1
Mills/Greenwald def Nick Leeds/Anthony Burre (SM) 6-0, 6-0
Rodnick/Lender def Coby Morales/Colin Kinzer (B) 6-0 6-0
Rucker/Jong def Rodi Ihatsu/Derek Tilton (SM) 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-2
Christo Anderson/Cody Krueger (SM) def Braganza/Dochterman 7-5, 6-2

Round 2 Doubles:
Powell/Hale def Hensley/Villano 6-1, 6-1
Mills/Greenwald def Coulson/Piltch 6-2, 7-6 (4)
Rodnick/Lender def Rucker/Wong 6-2, 6-0
Baldwin/Wang def Anderson/Krueger 6-1, 6-1