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Falcons’ men’s and women’s tennis teams make history winning state championships

The men’s and women’s tennis teams hold up their respective championship banners. The men’s team won their first ever Dual State Championship, while the women’s team won their second title in the last three seasons.

Cerritos College’s men’s and women’s tennis teams made tournament history on April 25, for the first time in the history of the California Community College Athletic Association, a single school has swept all championships and awards in Ojai.

Both teams won the California Community College Athletic Association Dual State Championship.

It was only the second time in CCCAA history that both the men’s and women’s Dual State Championship were won by the same school during the same season.

The men’s team won their first Dual State Championship in school history, while the women’s team won their second title in three years.

Sophomore Diviana Bravo, said, “It was really exciting for all of us to make this dream come true.”

Head coach Quinn Caldaron, in his first year at Cerritos College lead both teams to a state title.

It was also his first time coaching a men’s and women’s team simultaneously.

“Our last coach Alvin Kim.. recruited a really good team and when our new coach Quinn Caldaron came in, he made sure he kept us [up] with rhythm and motivation to keep fighting to achieve our goals,” Bravo said.

“He also made sure we were always prepared for our games, not just in singles or doubles, but for both.

Before the season, Petra Such explained her goals for the season, she said, “We would like to win the state this year.”

Such has accomplished the goal that she set out and is now a state champion.

Kent Hunter said, “Having a successful season was a great experience for me and the team as a whole”

Men’s doubles:

Kent Hunter and Victor Castro def. Mikey Vizcarra and Sam Hall, 8-3

Alex Prokopchuk and Marcos Paulo Silvestre def. Paul Bhatia and Pete Gibson, 8-2

Dario Rico-Altozano/Kwangeun Lee def. Andres Anderson/Robert Kendall, 8-3

Men’s singles:

Kent Hunter def. Paul Bhatia, 6-2, 6-2

Victor Castro vs. Mikey Vizcarra, 6-3, 4-2, DNF

Alex Prokopchuk vs. Pete Gibson, 6-4, 1-2, DNF

Biel Roca Carreras vs. Sam Hall, 6-4, 1-1, DNF

Dario Rico-Altozano def. Andres Anderson, 6-2, 6-4

Kwangeun Lee def. Robert Kendall, 6-5, DNF

Women’s doubles:

Lisa Suzuki/Kseniia Prokopchuk (Cerr) def. Sandra DeFrancescu/Maria Zimmerman, 8-1

Petra Such/Moa Lindstrom def. Carlee Ellis/Angelica Gagliano, 8-1

Itzi Torres/Diviana Bravo def. Sharon Cao/Sakina Khawari, 8-0

Women’s doubles:

Lisa Suzuki vs. Sandra DeFrancescu, 6-3, 0-1, DNF

Petra Such vs. Maria Zimmerman, 5-5, DNF

Kseniia Prokopchuk def. Angelica Gagliano, 6-0, 6-0

Moa Lindstrom vs. Carlee Ellis, 6-4, 3-0, DNF

Itzi Torres def. Sakina Hhawari, 6-0, 6-1

Diviana Bravo vs. Sharon Cao, 6-1, 2-2, DNF

Caldaron spoke about what’s next for both tennis teams going into next season, he said, “Next year I’m hoping we can repeat with a couple of team championships.

He elaborated on the men’s side saying, “We have many players returning and I think we could still be considered the favorites.”

Caldaron also spoke on the women’s team, he said, “We are graduating five out of seven players and hopefully we’ll be able to reload for next year.

“We definitely have hard work ahead of us and we need to continue to push as I know many teams will train that much harder to catch us.”

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Jah-Tosh Baruti, Staff Writer
Jah-Tosh Baruti is author of the sports column titled Shmackem. Previously he was sports editor for Talon Marks. Baruti also took home an award for his sports writing at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ state conference in 2018.
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