Cerritos College men’s tennis team had a winning day for the third straight time


Jackie Mena

Alex Prokopchuk has steady eyes on the tennis ball, while his hands are in full motion to swing. Cerritos College won the matches overall 9-0.

Jackie Mena

The Cerritos College men’s tennis team played against Irvine Valley Lasers at home on Feb. 13, winning 9-0.

The team won its third straight day of matches of the season.

Cerritos College won all three sets of matches against Irvine College.

The team started off playing doubles and then singles against the Lasers.

The players that played in the singles at the start of the game were: Kent Hunter, Victor Castro, Alex Prokopchulk, Biel Roca Carreras, Dario Rico-Altozano and Kwangeun Lee.

Victor Castro gets ready to swing for the ball. Castro won his singles match with a score of 6-1, 6-2. Photo credit: Jackie Mena

Castro played in singles and doubles for Cerritos College against Lirone Arecassio (Irvine Valley). Castro won with a score of 6-1, 6-2 and went on to play with Hunter in the doubles.

Hunter had some personal thoughts on the game, “Today’s game I actually did pretty well, there were some room for improvement but overall my performance was great.”

Hunter mentioned that he accomplished the goals he set for his matches.

In the first set Hunter played in the singles winning 6-1, 6-3, and went on to play in doubles along side teammate Castro, as they both took home the win 6-1 and 6-2.

Prokopchuk won 6-1, 6-3 in his singles game against Thallys Santos. Prokopchuk had the highest scoring game in all the double matches.

Irvine Valley College was far from winning as chants from the team rooting on its players started—”Here we go Lasers, here we go,” but, the Lasers just couldn’t keep up.

The players to play in the second set (doubles) were: Hunter, Castro, Rico-Altozano, Lee, Prokopchuk, Roca Carreras.

Castro and Hunter both kept their composure and eye on the ball as they both came close to having the third highest win at 8-5, against the duo of Michael Bott and Thallys Santos (both from Irvine Valley).

“There is definitely room for improvement for myself, there could have been more consistency,” in terms of getting into the net a little more, Hunter said, after the end of his match.

Both Prokopchuk and Carerras had a big win against the Lasers in the double matches.

In the doubles match, Rico-Altozano and Lee won scoring 8-3 over Irvine.

The first highest win from the doubles were both Prokopchuk and Roca Carreras who won 8-1 against William Li and Stuart Webb (both from Irvine Valley).

Roca Carreras was the last to end the game, he played against William Li (Irvine Valley). While teammates on both sides chanted words of encouragement to their team members. Carreras took the win of 6-3, 6-2 in the last set of the game.

The men’s tennis team plays its next five games at home. They play against Cypress College on Feb. 23.