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By George Laase
Culver City High 

Culver High Freshman Wins Tennis Championship

Gregory Troyan Tops in Ocean League


April 18, 2019

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Gregory Troyan - Ocean League Singles' Champion

Culver High Freshman, Gregory Troyan won the Ocean League's Single's Championship last week at Santa Monica High.

After easily beating SaMo's Nino Collias in the first round in a Pro set format, 8-2, Troyan advanced to the round of sixteen to play his fellow Culver City teammate #2 singles player, Noah Tyau.  Since they practice together, they knew each other's game very well. Troyan defeated Tyau in straight sets: 6-1, 6-1.

Advancing to the next round of eight, Troyan took on the #1 Singles player from El Segundo, Ignas Kirkila.  Troyan had played Kirkla twice during the regular season and had won both times, so it was looking good. But this time against Kirkila, it didn't go as planned as Troyan struggled and he dropped the first set 6-1. This forced Troyan to make some crucial adjustments to his game and in a come-from-behind effort, Troyan won the second set 6-0 to force a 10-point tiebreaker. With renewed confidence, Troyan easily dominated the tie-breaker and won 10-4.  

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Troyan at the Net

The Ocean League finals were already scheduled to be played on Thursday April  25th between Troyan and the other finalist, Nikola Kuraica--the #1 Singles player for Santa Monica. But, Troyan won without lifting his racket. Kuraica defaulted due to a scheduling conflict with a U-16 tournament being held in Ojai on the same day.

Troyan finished the season with an impressive 11-2 record, firmly establishing himself as one of the best players in the Ocean League.  As a freshmen, he has tremendous talent and has one of the best all-court games his school has seen in years. Troyan will be playing in the CIF singles individual tournament on May 16th and is the first player to advance this far for Culver City since Seth Lewkow did it back in 2001.


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