M. Tennis: Wins continue for Falcons

File Photo: Kent Hunter won in straight sets for the Falcons
File Photo: Kent Hunter won in straight sets for the Falcons

In their second match in as many days, the Cerritos College men's tennis team racked up another victory, as they defeated NCAA Division III Whittier College, 8-1 on the road Friday. The Falcons (3-0) will continue their busy week, as they travel to Irvine Saturday morning to take on NCAA Division II Concordia University. The win over the Poets was a homecoming for first-year coach Quinn Caldaron, who served as the head coach at Whittier College the last two seasons.

After three close doubles matches, with Cerritos escaping with a pair of 8-6 decisions, the team fought back from a pair of one-set deficits in singles play to come away with wins. In the #2 singles spot on the ladder, freshman Victor Castro (Novo Hamburgo, Brazil) came back against former Falcon Agustin Lombardi to record a 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (8) win to cap off the day. Also suffering from a first set loss, sophomore Biel Roca Carreras (Iguolada, Spain) rebounded after losing the first set, 4-6 against Derek Okuhama in the #5 position and fought back to win the next two sets, 6-1, 6-0.

Not threatened in his match, freshman Kent Hunter (Home Schooled) earned a quick 6-1, 6-0 victory in the top spot on the ladder, while freshman Dario Rico-Altozano (Colegio Cumbre, Spain) earned a solid 6-2, 6-2 decision at #4. Avoiding a third set in the #3 match was freshman Alex Prokopchuk (School 45, Ukraine), who defeated Elmer Van Butselaar, 6-2, 7-5.

In doubles action, Hunter and Castro, as well as Rico-Altozano and sophomore Kwangeun Lee (Sunny Hills HS) earned 8-6 wins, with Prokopchuk and sophomore Marcos Paulo Silvestre  (Colégio Tiradentes of PMMG, Brazil) outlasting Lombardi and Hunter Kettering, 8-4.

Kent Hunter (CERR) def. Thomas Koszowski (WC), 6-1, 6-0
Victor Castro (CERR) def. Agustin Lombardi (WC), 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (8)
Alex Prokopchuk (CERR) def. Elmer Van Butselaar (WC), 6-2, 7-5
Dario Rico-Altozano (CERR) def. Hunter Kettering (WC), 6-2, 6-2
Biel Roca Carreras (CERR) def. Derek Okuhama (WC), 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
Tony Khao (WC) def. Kwangeun Lee (CERR), 7-6, 6-2

Kent Hunter/Victor Castro (CERR) def. Thomas Koszowski/Elmer Van Butselaar (WC), 8-6
Alex Prokopchuk/Marcos Paulo Silvestre (CERR) def. Agustin Lombardi/Hunter Kettering (WC), 8-4
Dario Rico-Altozano/Kwangeun Lee (CERR) def. Max Koszowski/Chris Palacio (WC), 8-6