M. Tennis: Third win in as many days for the Falcons

Cerritos won their third match in three days
Cerritos won their third match in three days

For the third day in a row, the Cerritos College men's tennis team posted a win with relative ease. The Falcons, ranked #2 in the state, defeated host Santa Barbara City College, 8-1 on Saturday. They will now host NCAA DIII Denison (OH) University at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

After Cerritos (14-1) swept the doubles matches by surrendering just two games, they went on to sweep the five completed singles matches. The only loss came in the #1 position where sophomore Aleks Trifunovic (Katrinelunds Gymnasium, Sweden) was forced to retire due to an illness. He did open the day by teaming with sophomore James Zhang (Shenzhen Luohu Foreign Language School, China) to earn an 8-0 win in doubles.

Both Zhang and freshman Carlos Mendez (Instituto de Educación Secundaria Ies El Palo, Spain) did not lose a game in their singles matches, while both freshmen Bruno Duarte (Centro Educacional Rogêdo, Brazil) and Kwang-Eun Lee (Sunny Hills HS) posted identical 6-2, 6-0 scores in the #2 and #6 singles matches, respectively. Duarte and freshman Marcos Paulo Silvestre (Colégio Tiradentes, Brazil) also earned an 8-0 doubles win, with Silvestre posting a 6-2, 6-1 singles win.

The Falcons top doubles team, sophomores Sasha Krasnov (School 106, Ukraine) and Nikita Katsnelson (Odessa Gymnasium No. 1, Ukraine) won, 8-2 in doubles, but took the day off in singles play.

Spencer Ekola (SBCC) def. Aleks Trifunovic (CERR), 6-1, 2-1 (retired)
Bruno Duarte (CERR) def. Diego Santos (SBCC), 6-2, 6-0
James Zhang (CERR) def. Adolfo Ortega (SBCC), 6-0, 6-0
Carlos Mendez (CERR) def. Stevie Acuna (SBCC), 6-0, 6-0
Marcos Paulo Silvestre (CERR) def. Dim Dros (SBCC), 6-2, 6-1
Kwang-Eun Lee (CERR) def. Jack Zhao (SBCC), 6-2, 6-0

Sasha Krasnov/Nikita Katsnelson (CERR) def. Spencer Ekola/Diego Santos (SBCC), 8-2
Bruno Duarte/Marcos Paulo Silvestre (CERR) def. Adolfo Ortega/Stevie Acuna (SBCC), 8-0
Aleks Trifunovic/James Zhang (CERR) def. Dim Dros/Jack Zhao (SBCC), 8-0