M. Tennis: Win over Mesa (AZ) CC improves record to 7-1

Kwangeun Lee won in both singles and doubles to help the Falcons defeat Mesa (AZ) CC
Kwangeun Lee won in both singles and doubles to help the Falcons defeat Mesa (AZ) CC

On Thursday afternoon, the Cerritos College men's tennis team won their fourth consecutive match, as they defeated visiting Mesa (AZ) CC, 8-1. The Falcons (7-1) will get a couple days rest before they host undefeated Orange Coast College (5-0) at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday. 

It was a comfortable clean sweep in doubles play for the Falcons, who won all three by identical 8-3 scores. However, in singles play, there would be dramatic comebacks and finishes, with Cerritos coming out on top in five of the six matches.

In a match that featured hometown friends who attended school together in Brazil, freshman Victor Castro (Novo Hamburgo, Brazil) handled Artur Etzburger by a 6-0, 6-1 score in the #2 singles match, which was countered by the Thunderbirds posting the same score in the #5 match. The Falcons clinched the team win after freshman Alex Prokopchuk (School 45, Ukraine) finished off Lucas Severo, 6-2, 6-1 in the #3 position. 

The final three matches all went to a third set, with sophomore Kwangeun Lee (Sunny Hills HS) fighting back after losing the first set, 6-7(5) in the #6 spot on the ladder. He was able regroup and won the next two sets, 6-2, 6-1 against Griffin Saver. Freshman Kent Hunter (Home Schooled) found himself extended to a third set for the first time this season. After winning the first set, 6-0 against Jorge Sala Frigeri, he suffered a 2-6 loss, which sent the match to a third set. Regaining his composure, Hunter went on to record a 6-2 win in the third set. The day came down to the #4 match, with sophomore Biel Roca Carreras (Iguolada, Spain) coming back in the tie-breaker to defeat Yohann Prinsen, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5).

Kent Hunter (CERR) def. Jorge Sala Frigeri (MCC), 6-0, 2-6, 6-2
Victor Castro (CERR) def. Artur Etzburger (MCC), 6-0, 6-1
Alex Prokopchuk (CERR) def. Lucas Severo (MCC), 6-2, 6-1
Biel Roca Carreras (CERR) def. Yohann Prinsen (MCC), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5)
Jeffrey Martin (MCC) def. Dario Rico-Altozano (CERR), 6-1, 6-0
Kwangeun Lee (CERR) def. Griffin Saver (MCC), 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-1

Kent Hunter/Victor Castro (CERR) def. Jeffrey Martin/Gergo Rednek (MCC), 8-3
Dario Rico-Altozano/Kwangeun Lee (CERR) def. Jorge Sala Frigeri/Lucas Severo (MCC), 8-3
Alex Prokopchuk/Biel Roca Carreras (CERR) def. Griffin Saver/Artur Etzburger (MCC), 8-3

Photos by Daryl Peterson