Glendale Community College 6, L.A. Pierce College 3: Vaqueros Coach Bob MacKay said before the season began that the Vaqueros would be in position to win the Western State Conference championship for the first time since 2005.
It became a reality Thursday after the host Vaqueros (9-2, 5-0 in conference) won five singles sets to turn back Pierce.
“This is something that’s great for the college and the team,” MacKay said. “We knew coming into conference that depth would play a huge role and it did.
“We have good depth all the way down the lineup. It was nice knowing that we controlled our own destiny coming into the match. We’d like to go undefeated in conference.”
Glendale will have an opportunity to accomplish that feat with a road match against Ventura, which had won or shared every conference championship since 2006.
On Thursday, the Vaqueros earned singles victories from Hosep Orojian (6-1, 3-6, 6-3), Oleg Simonyan (6-1, 6-0), Dat Le (6-0, 6-0), Son Tran (6-1, 6-1) and Santiago Segovia (6-2, 6-1). Glendale also got an 8-2 doubles win from Segovia and Kyle Chen.
Santa Monica College 5, Glendale Community College 4: Visiting Glendale fell Thursday in a Western State Conference match. The Vaqueros (9-2, 5-2 in conference) got singles victories from Viktoriya Shumakova (7-5, 7-5), Ashley Sumudio (3-6, 7-6(8-6), 6-2) and Ayaka Takeuchi (6-0, 6-0). In doubles, the Vaqueros got an 8-4 win from Shigenaga and Takeuchi.
St. Francis 3, Monrovia 2: The Golden Knights closed out a 3-1 run through the Arcadia Elks Tournament with a victory on Thursday afternoon.
Kevin Baker got the victory for St. Francis (3-1), while Matt McElligott came on for the save. Andres Kim had a pair of hits, including a triple.
St. Francis 186, Harvard-Westlake 186: The visiting Golden Knights picked up a Mission League win Thursday at Encino Golf Course by virtue of a lower score by their sixth athlete. St. Francis’ sixth scorer had a 39, compared to a 41 for Harvard-Westlake.
Johnny Brandt led St. Francis (3-0, 2-0 in league) with a two-under-par 34. The Golden Knights got a 37 from Michael Mozilo, 38s from Stian Lintvedt and Joe Sarni and 39s from Michael Finney and Jack Tenney.
Flintridge Prep 226, Azusa 276: The host Rebels (4-0) picked up a nonleague win Thursday at Altadena Golf Course. Joan Sacks paced Flintridge Prep with a four-over-par 40.
Glendale 9, South Pasadena 2: The Nitros won their fifth straight on Thursday in nonleague action on the road, improving to 5-1.
Alex Howard (two doubles), Sarah Brockway (two doubles) and Grace Sinisterra (two runs) had three hits apiece, as Glendale scored seven runs or more for the fifth time this season.
Jordan Lousararian went the distance in the circle for the win.
Firebaugh 13, Flintridge Prep 3 (five innings): The Rebels (2-4) suffered a nonleague defeat Thursday. Ellie Levy drove in a pair of runs for Flintridge Prep.
St. Francis 3, Crespi 0: The visiting Golden Knights began Mission League play Thursday with a 25-23, 25-22, 25-21 victory. St. Francis (2-1) received 27 assists from David Thompson, 12 kills and four aces from Sean Stephen and eight kills from Thomas Lund.
Burbank 3, Hoover 0: The Tornadoes fell, 25-20, 25-18, 25-17, in a Pacific League match Thursday.