M. Tennis: Cerritos hands Orange Coast first loss

Alex Prokopchuk and the Falcons shut out Orange Coast
Alex Prokopchuk and the Falcons shut out Orange Coast

On Tuesday afternoon, the Cerritos College men's tennis team won their fifth straight match, as they shut out visiting Orange Coast College, 9-0. The Falcons (8-1) handed the Pirates (6-1) their first loss of the season. The team will now host Cypress College at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.

The day started with doubles play and the Falcons picked up a pair of 8-1 wins, with the #2 match extended to an 8-4 score for the pairing of sophomore Kwangeun Lee (Sunny Hills HS) and freshman Dario Rico-Altozano (Colegio Cumbre, Spain), which improved their record together to 5-1.

Singles play mirrored the success of doubles, as all six matches were straight set wins by Cerritos. At the top of ladder, freshman Kent Hunter (Home Schooled) recorded a 6-1, 6-2 win, while his doubles partner, freshman Victor Castro (Novo Hamburgo, Brazil) shut out Ho Tam, 6-0, 6-0. In the #3 spot, freshman Alex Prokopchuk (School 45, Ukraine) also won without allowing his opponent to win a game, with his doubles partner, #4 player, Biel Roca Carreras (Iguolada, Spain), registering a convincing 6-0, 6-1 victory.

The day concluded with Lee (6-0, 6-0) and sophomore Marcos Paulo Silvestre (Colégio Tiradentes of PMMG, Brazil), who won, 6-1, 6-1, finishing off the Pirates.

Kent Hunter (CERR) def. Joey Dijkstra (OCC), 6-1, 6-2
Victor Castro (CERR) def. Ho Tam (OCC), 6-0, 6-0
Alex Prokopchuk (CERR) def. Doug Nguyen (OCC), 6-0, 6-0
Biel Roca Carreras (CERR) def. Charlie Vanderway (OCC), 6-0, 6-1
Kwangeun Lee (CERR) def. Yuma Olsen (OCC), 6-0, 6-2
Marcos Paulo Silvestre (CERR) def. Matt Lindsey (OCC), 6-1, 6-1

Kent Hunter/Victor Castro (CERR) def. Chris Hasrouni/Ho Tam (OCC), 8-1
Kwangeun Lee/Dario Rico-Altozano (CERR) def. Joey Dijkstra/Matt Lindsey (OCC), 8-4
Alex Prokopchuk/Biel Roca Carreras (CERR) def. Yuma Olsen/Nikith Garikaparthi (OCC), 8-1

Photos by Daryl Peterson