M. Tennis: Cerritos chalks up another win over an NCAA school

Kwangeun Lee earned a straight set singles win for the Falcons
Kwangeun Lee earned a straight set singles win for the Falcons

For the fourth time this season, the Cerritos College men's tennis team has defeated an NCAA school. On Thursday, they dispatched NCAA Division III Swarthmore (PA) College, 8-1, which improves the team's record to 16-1 on the year and extends their winning streak to 13 matches in a row. The team will host NCAA Division III Williams (MA) College at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday in their final match against a four-year school of the season.

It was a battle for the Falcons against the Garnet, with several of the sets potentially going either way. At the top of the singles ladder, freshman Kent Hunter (Home Schooled) posted a dominant 6-0, 6-1 win, with freshman Alex Prokopchuk (School 45, Ukraine) moving up one spot on the ladder and earned a 6-3, 6-0 victory. With everyone else moving up the ladder one spot, it led to a tie-breaker win for sophomore Biel Roca Carreras (Iguolada, Spain) in the #3 position, as he outlasted Michael Song, 6-4, 6-7, 10-4, while sophomore Kwangeun Lee (Sunny Hills HS) played his way to a straight set win, 6-2, 6-4 victory.

In the #6 position, sophomore Marcos Paulo Silvestre (Colégio Tiradentes of PMMG, Brazil) recored a 6-3, 6-2 win, with the lone loss coming in the #5 spot, as freshman Victor Plaza-Barnils  (AESA Prep Academy, TX) came up short in a 4-6, 5-7 decision against Noah Cheng.

Aside from an 8-0 win by Carreras and Silvestre in the #3 position, the other two doubles matches were close. Prokopchuk and freshman Victor Castro (Novo Hamburgo, Brazil) earned an 8-4 win, while Hunter and Lee pulled out an 8-6 victory. All three doubles matches featured tandems pairing up for just the second time all season, with all three improving to 2-0 on the year as partners.


Kent Hunter (CERR) def. Yosuki Higashi (SC), 6-0, 6-1
Alex Prokopchuk (CERR) def. Ari Cepelewicz (SC), 6-3, 6-0
Biel Roca Carreras (CERR) def. Michael Song (SC), 6-4, 6-7, 10-4
Kwangeun Lee (CERR) def. Kevin Xu (SC), 6-2, 6-4
Noah Cheng (SC) def. Victor Plaza-Barnils (CERR), 6-4, 7-5 
Marcos Paulo Silvestre (CERR)d def. Devan Geib (SC), 6-3, 6-2

Alex Prokopchuk/Victor Castro (CERR) def. Ari Cepelewicz/Michael Song (SC), 8-4
Kent Hunter/Kwangeun Lee (CERR) def. Yosuki Higashi/Noah Cheng (SC), 8-6
Biel Roca Carreras/Marcos Paulo Silvestre (CERR) def. Kevin Xu/Devan Geib (SC), 8-0

Photos by Daryl Peterson