Serving up the wins

Terrel Emerson

Following the season opener, head coach Alvin Kim said he felt his team was better because the roster was deeper this season.

Almost three months into the season his team currently holds a 21-3 record.

The team suffered an early loss to reigning state champion Irvine Valley in early February.

In a span of nine days the team dropped two games in mid-March.

Kim doesn’t think the slight drop off is too much of a big deal.

“The last two losses came versus two NCAA Division III teams, ” Kim said.

“One of which was ranked No. 6 in the country and the other No. 2 in the country, ” he explained.

Overall his team’s good outweighs the bad in terms of general success.

His team has outscored all opponents 178-33 with 13 shutouts.

“I would say that has more to do with the inability of other programs to recruit and develop players. We’re good, but they’re just bad,” Kim said.

Eight of the 11 players that have competed in singles competition have 10-plus wins.

One of which is sophomore Agustin Lombardi who is 15-1 on the year.

“[Lombardi] has been phenomenal this season, he has stepped up as a leader/team captain and as a player. Much of our success comes from his leadership driving the team,” Kim said.

Lombardi is following up on a season in which he finished 20-6 and he is proud of his play so far this season.

“It is definitely a lot of mental growth. Last year everything was new but now I can see things more clear. Also, [Kim] helped me to develop some more aspects in my game,” he said.

The team is just as dominant in doubles play as it is in singles play.

Cerritos has compiled an overall record of 136-37 in doubles competition.

Kim has no problem expressing that he has more confidence in the team’s singles competition.

The Falcons have one remaining regular season game before setting out on the South Coast Tournament Apr. 7.