M. Tennis: Loss to NCAA DIII school snaps streak

Alex Prokopchuk picked up wins in singles and doubles for the Falcons
Alex Prokopchuk picked up wins in singles and doubles for the Falcons

Facing the #2-ranked NCAA Division III school in the country, the Cerritos College men's tennis team fell short against Williams (MA) College on Tuesday, 5-4. The loss to the Ephs snaps the team's 13-match winning streak, while it was the first home loss of the season for the Falcons (16-2). Cerritos finished the year going 4-2 against NCAA-level competition.The team will resume Western State Conference East Division matches on Thursday when they travel to Victor Valley College for a doubleheader.

Cerritos came close to sweeping the doubles matches, which would have clinched the team victory. They posted an 8-5 win in the #1 doubles match with freshmen Kent Hunter (Home Schooled) and Victor Castro (Novo Hamburgo, Brazil), while they most thrilling match of the day came in the #2 doubles match. In the verge of a loss, the tandem of freshman Alex Prokopchuk (School 45, Ukraine) and sophomore Marcos Paulo Silvestre (Colégio Tiradentes of PMMG, Brazil) came back to earn a 9-8 (11-9) win. Prokopchuk and Silvestre improved to 4-0 as a pair, while sophomores Biel Roca Carreras (Iguolada, Spain) and Kwangeun Lee (Sunny Hills HS) teamed up for the first time in a close 8-6 loss in the #3 match.

Hunter was dominant in his #1 singles match, recording a 6-2, 6-2 victory over senior Brian Grodecki, with Prokopchuk playing another close match, this time in singles play. After splitting the first two sets at #3, Prokopchuk outlasted Sachin Raghavan, 11-9 in the tiebreaker. The Falcons lost the other four singles matches in straight sets.

Kent Hunter (CERR) def. Brian Grodecki (WC), 6-2, 6-2
Austin Barr (WC) def. Victor Castro (CERR), 6-2, 6-3
Alex Prokopchuk (CERR) def. Sachin Raghavan (WC), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (11-9)
Ananth Raghavan (WC) def. Biel Roca Carreras (CERR), 6-4, 6-1
Alex Taylor (WC) def. Kwangeun Lee (CERR), 6-3, 6-1
Arturo Kam (WC) def. Marcos Paulo Silvestre (CERR), 6-2, 6-2

Kent Hunter/Victor Castro (CERR) def. Brian Grodecki/Austin Barr (WC), 8-5
Alex Prokopchuk/Marcos Paulo Silvestre (CERR) def. Alex Taylor/Calvin Chung (WC), 9-8 (11-9)
Arturo Kam/Jordan Sadowsky (WC) def. Biel Roca Carreras/Kwangeun Lee (CERR), 8-6

Photos by Daryl Peterson