Ball, who has a 40-4 record in singles played in dual team matches
this season, lost to Crespi's Steven Amritraj, 2-6, 4-6, as Ball battled
a surprise attack from the outset.
Amritraj's father, Anon who is not a certified high school coach,
filled in as his son's coach and gave pointers while sitting courtside.
"He used to be one of the top players in the world," CdM Coach Tim
Mang said of Anon Amritraj. "And he's sitting there talking to his kid
and coaching him. (Ball) was having a hard time focusing. That threw him
off quite a bit. By the time he regained focus, it was too late."
Mang also said he discussed with on-site CIF officials, reminding them
of rules, including coaches can only advise players in between games and
only high school coaches are allowed to coach.
Crespi's principal sent a letter to the CIF office requesting that
Anon Amritraj fill in for Crespi's absent coach, according to Mang.
"I'm not really happy about that," said Mang. "If he's going to coach,
let us all know ahead of time. Don't surprise us with this stuff."
Meanwhile, Morton and Snyder won their first match by default. Santa
Barbara's Kevin Yardy and Chase Mueller were no-shows, choosing to attend
their prom instead.
Said Mang, "I guess they didn't want to drive down all the way from
Santa Barbara and lose to the No. 1-seeded team."
Morton and Snyder advance to today's semifinal when they defeated
Orrin Franko and Andrew Cohen, of Peninsula, 6-2, 6-4, as the Sea Kings
need but minor improvements, Mang said.
"They're both pretty tough," Mang said of the CdM duo. "When they're
on, they're going to be the best. It's just a matter of being on the
whole time to win the whole thing."
The Novacks, the No. 4 seed, scored an upset of sorts over Brentwood's
Chris Dennis and Ari Rosenthal, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, to reach today's semifinal
with CdM. The winner of the match will play the winner of Thousand Oaks
(Phillip Chang and Andrew Liu) vs. Mira Costa (K.C. Corkery and Ryan