M. Tennis: Lackluster performance results in 6-3 loss

Nathan Eshmade and the Falcon men's tennis team dropped a 6-3 decision against Glendale College
Nathan Eshmade and the Falcon men's tennis team dropped a 6-3 decision against Glendale College

The Cerritos College men's tennis team clinched the South Coast Conference championship last Thursday. But in their first match since clinching the title, the Falcons lacked enthusiasm, as they dropped a 6-3 non-conference decision to visiting Glendale College on Tuesday. The setback evened the team's record to 9-9, as the team will now host El Camino College at 2:00 p.m. in their final conference match. Cerritos will host a pair of non-conference matches the following week before hosting the conference tournament.

Aside from an injury-related win for freshman Nathan Eshmade (Kings Baptist HS, Australia) at the top of the singles ladder and a convincing win in the #3 spot by sophomore Todd Jenkins (Cabrillo HS), the Falcon didn't offer the Vaqueros a whole lot of resistance. Freshman Maurice Grijalva (Gardena HS) played a tough second set against Tran Son, but dropped a 2-6, 6-7 (6-8) score in the #4 spot.

Cerritos still had a chance to pull off the team win if they were able to sweep doubles play. The duo of Jenkins and Grijalva responded with an 8-4 win, but Eshmade and freshman Mathew Espiritu (Long Beach Millikan HS) dropped an 8-5 decision before the third team of freshman Gianni Jeong (Cerritos HS) and Julian Avila (Paramount HS) ended the day with an 8-6 loss.


Nathan Eshmade (CERR) def. Andy You (GLEN), 4-1 (retired)
Macalutas Gaspar (GLEN) def. Mathew Espiritu (CERR), 6-1, 6-1
Todd Jenkins (CERR) def. Dat Le (GLEN), 6-1, 6-1
Phillip Lam (GLEN) def. Julian Avila (CERR), 6-4, 6-0
Tran Son (GLEN) def. Maurice Grijalva (CERR), 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)
Segovia Santiago (GLEN) def. Gianni Jeong (CERR), 6-4, 6-2


Macalutas Gaspar/Dat Le (GLEN) def. Nathan Eshmade/Mathew Espiritu (CERR), 8-5
Todd Jekins/Maurice Grijalva (CERR) def. TRan Son/Phillip Lam (GLEN), 8-4
Segovia Santiago/Stephen Lomaaroj (GLEN) def. Julian Avila/Gianni Jeong (CERR), 8-6

Photo by Daryl Peterson