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VIDEO: Long Beach Poly Wins Moore League Singles, Doubles Titles

Heading into Thursday Moore League boys’ tennis championship, Long Beach Poly’s Darren Hall was very familiar with a younger teammate defeating the top-ranked senior.

Last season, Hall defeated his teammate Felippe Dacudao to win the Moore League singles final.

The senior found himself in a similar battle with junior teammate Arkin Verma after taking a 6-5 lead late in the first set, before dropping the set 7-6 (7-0).

“He had my body moving,” Hall said. “I felt like I was running from corner to corner the entrie time. He has one of those games that just runs you around. So, I knew I was going to have to chase down a lot of balls and run a lot especially at the end of the first set.”

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After taking the first set, Hall made the necessary adjustments and mounted the comeback to defeat Verma 6-7 (7-0), 6-3, 6-0 to take his second straight Moore League boys’ tennis title.

“The last few years whoever wins, doesn’t win the second one,” Hall said. “Last year I beat the champion and I didn’t want that to happen to me, especially with my face on the court.”

Hall’s reference is to a banner that hangs on the court that features a photo of the senior and the phrase “Moore League Champion.”

Poly’s Kim Phy took third place in singles after a Millikan player defaulted.

In the Moore League boys doubles final, Kim Phy and Franco Fratovich defeated Hall and Varkin 6-7 (5-7), 6-0, 6-1.

Poly’s Carlo Reyes and Ryan Nguyen took third place in doubles after a Millikan player defaulted.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.