Last year in the Moore League boys’ tennis championships, Long Beach Poly’s Darren Hall was eliminated in the quarterfinals while his teammate Felippe Dacudao went on to win the singles title.
The tables were turned at Billie Jean King Tennis Center on Friday as Hall defeated Dacudao in the singles final 6-2, 6-2.
“We’re on the same team and we practice together so I know his game and he knows mine,” Hall said of he and Dacudao. “But playing for a championship is a lot different than practice. I knew what to expect, and I had to stay supper aggressive because he’s so good defensively.”
Hall survived four match points in the quarterfinal round at El Dorado Park on Thursday.
“At that point I figured I could go all the way,” Hall said. “Last year, I was the number two seed and it made me nervous. This year, I just played like anyone could win it, and it ended up being me.”
The Millikan duo of senior Vincent You and junior Brandon Vinhnee defeated Poly’s Dacudao and freshman Kimsan Phy 6-4, 6-2 to win the doubles championship.