Templeton junior Colby Grey was blasting through his semifinals match in the Los Padres League Tournament at the Santa Maria Country Club Friday.
His groundstrokes were laser shots. His serves were dead on. His court coverage was phenomenal.
"Is he always like this?," another team's coach asked a player from another team.
"There's gotta be a day when he doesn't have a good day," the player replied.
Friday was not one of those days.
The top-seeded Grey breezed to his third LPL singles championship, defeating Max Porter of Santa Ynez 6-0, 6-1 in the semis and Porter's teammate, Kyle Wilczack, 6-0, 6-1 in the final.
"I'm very happy about how it went," Grey said afterward. "It seems I'm always able to be at my best when I play here," at the LPL Tournament.
After Grey put away two pretty good Porter shots for consecutive winners, Porter turned to the crowd and spread his hands in exasperation each time.
Santa Ynez won the league championship during the regular season at 14-0 and, save the singles semis and championship match, it was the Pirates' show.
Top-seeded Santa Ynez teammates Ryan Rennick and Cooper Owens defeated Cedric Kwon and Anton Bothig of Cabrillo 6-2, 6-0 for the doubles championship.
Santa Ynez's Kurt Beehler and Owen Anderson downed Orcutt Academy freshmen Troy Fulton and Kenyon Childs 7-5, 6-3 in the third-place doubles match. Porter rallied to beat Matt Lopez of Orcutt Academy 2-6, 6-3 (11-9) in the third-place singles match.
Finalists qualified automatically for the CIF Southern Section Individual Tournament that will take place later this month. Third-place finishers are alternates.
Grey said the second round is the farthest he has gotten in the tournament thus far.
"I've drawn the No. 1 seed and the No. 2 seed in the second round each year, I think maybe because I'm not sure (members of the seeding committee) know where Templeton is," he said.
You have free articles remaining.
"I had a competitive match against the No. 2 seed last year. I drew the No. 1 seed my freshman year, and I heard he got a scholarship to play for an Ivy League school. (They're both) very good players."
Rennick and Owens clicked all day to earn their first trip to the sectional individual tourney, connecting consistently with their ground strokes, serves and communication, and successfully anticipating their opponents' shots.
Owens is a senior. Rennick is a junior.
"This is our first year together," said Owens. "When we first started, we were running around, not knowing where the other one was going to hit the ball. It took about three or four weeks for us to figure it out."
"Then we knew, 'hey, it's just tennis,'" said Rennick.
Owens said, "We've always communicated well. Communication is the key to tennis. We talk before every point. Both of us always know where the other one is on the court."
Santa Ynez coach Steve Gunning said, "The only set they lost all year was their first set, against Arroyo Grande's doubles team.
"It's just a pleasure watching them play together. They're so athletic, and they communicate so well. They complement each other very well."
Rennick said being long-time friends has helped. The two, who played youth baseball together, said their coach and their teammates have helped even more.
"We couldn't have done this without Mr. Gunning, and without our teammates," said Owens.
"Having your coach encouraging you and your teammates cheering you the way ours have is very important."
Gunning said, "(Our success) during the regular season is a reflection of our tennis community, the parents, the pros, the way they come to our fundraisers, the way they support us."
The Los Padres League team playoff representatives were determined during the regular season. Santa Ynez, second-place Templeton, third-place Lompoc and fourth-place Orcutt Academy earned automatic playoff bids.
The CIF Southern Section team tournament will start next week.