State title hopes derailed for tennis

Max Perez

Men and women’s tennis are on different sides of the spectrum in the Southern California Regional Championships.

The men defeated Orange Coast College in a 5-0 sweep to move on to round two of the regional championships.

On the other hand, the women lost to Santa Monica College 5-3, losing two of the doubles matches and three singles. And with that the Cerritos women’s tennis season is now over.

Sophomore Elizabeth Aceves said, “This was a decent season.”

She added that some injuries may have gotten to the team’s mental preparation.

Head Coach Alvin Kim said, “The women fell short, it will be up to the men to bring a championship home to Cerritos.”

The women finished the season with a 10-6 overall record, and a perfect 4-0 conference record.

Freshman Petra Such finished the season with a 15-3 singles record and a 11-5 doubles record with freshman Diviana Bravo.

Such was also named conference Player of the Year, and paired with partner Bravo, the two won the conference doubles championship.

In total only one player didn’t finish the season with a single and double record above .500.

Kim said, “[The women’s] season is over, hopefully we’ll be angry about it next season.”

As for the men, they did not drop a single match to OCC.

Kim singled out the performance of freshman Kwang-Eun Lee for his performance in his double match paired with Marcos Paulo Silvestre.

“He did well posting a 8-0 set at the No. 2 doubles.”

He added, “This is the best team we’ve had in awhile, we have had a chip on our shoulders from placing second in state last year.”

In round two the men played Cypress College, who they beat 6-3 earlier in the season.

Despite the prior victory, the Cypress pair of Maximilien Blancaneaux and Vincent Reynaud accounted for one of the two losses Sasha Krasnov and Nikita Katsnelson suffered all season.

The Falcons hosted the Chargers Tuesday and lost, knocking them out of the Southern California Regional Team Playoffs in the second round.

Kim said, “The goal is to always win a championship, and while other sports celebrate fifth place victories our tennis program is always Top-5 in the state, and to not win anything this season would be considered failure.”