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Foothills finishes regular season undefeated after routing Dorados

2010-04-16T00:00:00Z Foothills finishes regular season undefeated after routing DoradosDaniel Gaona Special To The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Catalina Foothills dismantled Canyon Del Oro in Thursday's season finale.

In doing so, the top-ranked Falcons wrapped up another perfect regular season at 14-0.

"It's what we planned on," Catalina Foothills coach Robb Salant said about going undefeated. "When you've got players that are pretty good it's not that hard.

"The win against Salpointe was our best one this year."

He added that the Lancers were without their No. 1 player in the Falcons' 5-4 win on March 14.

Thursday's 9-0 win is the third straight sweep for the Falcons. In the last dozen matches Foothills has only lost one singles match.

The team's win streak goes back three years, to a point that Salant didn't know a total.

Later this month, Foothills will begin its quest for a sixth straight 4A-I state title. Salant emphasized working on doubles.

"If you start out winning two out of the three doubles then you just have to win three singles," he said. "We've got to get doubles, two of them. The boys have done that and the boys have won the last five years."

Senior No. 1 Dan Hyman considers himself the team leader. He placed second in last year's singles state tournament and is in search of his fourth team championship.

"It would put a stamp on my four years," Hyman said about possibly winning his fourth time. "It's been a lot of fun to win with these guys and we've always had great chemistry with our team."

Hyman started out as a No. 5 player his freshman year. Now, as a senior, he has taken on a bigger role and sees winning state this year as the biggest goal.

"Since now I'm the leader of the team it's probably more important to win state this year," he said. "The last few years I was a minor role but this year I've been trying to carry the team."

His career as a Falcon was nothing short of successful. He finished this year 14-0 in singles.

"Our talent has been just so much further above any other schools'," Hyman said. "It's been pretty amazing being part of this dynasty."

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