After playing a difficult regular-season schedule, the members of the Glendale Community College men’s tennis team looked to see how that would prepare them for the Western State Conference Tournament.
The event began Friday at Ventura College, with the Vaqueros picking up plenty of impressive results.
Five singles players and two doubles teams navigated their way through the early rounds.
“Right now, it’s about playing better and that’s exactly what they are doing,” said Glendale college Coach Bob MacKay, whose team finished tied for second in the conference with Santa Barbara City College and will find out Sunday if it will qualify for the Southern California Regionals. “I owe it to us playing a hard nonconference and playing in one of the toughest conferences.
“They competed well, so it’s now just about trying to keep it going.”
Those advancing in singles action for Glendale were Phillip Lam, Andrew You, Dat Le, Gaspar Macalutas and Son Tran. In doubles, You and Macalutas and Tran and Santiago Segovia moved on.
The tournament will resume Saturday at the same venue. The round of 16 singles action will start at 9 a.m., followed by the round of eight and back draw rounds at noon. The doubles competition will begin at 3 p.m.
Lam had a first-round bye before posting a 6-2, 6-1 win against Fabian Lunberg of Santa Barbara in a second-round matchup. After receiving a first-round bye, You registered a 6-1, 7-5 second-round victory against Andy Derbog of Ventura.
Le picked up a 6-3, 6-2 second-round victory against Soufiana El Mhamdi of Santa Barbara. Macalutas notched a 6-2, 6-1 second-round win against Jin-Bruno Pletroyski of Ventura. Tran finished with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Victor Dos Santos of Ventura.
In doubles, You and Macalutas started off with a 6-1, 6-0 win against John Knight and Marius Moelsgaard of Santa Barbara in a qualifying round. The duo then posted a 6-2, 7-5 quarterfinal win against Tim Roe and Victor Ikeda of Bakersfield.
In another qualifying doubles match, Tran and Segovia suffered a 6-1, 6-4 defeat against Logan Liddell and Lunberg of Santa Barbara. In a backdraw match, an eight-draw tournament that determines the ninth and 10th spots from conference, Tran and Segovia defeated Bakersfield’s Henrique Ambrosia and David Perez, 6-1, 6-3.
Segovia began singles play with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win against Knight in a first-round match that took nearly three hours to complete. Segovia then competed in a second-round match against Roe. Segovia won the first set, 7-4, before falling 6-3, 6-0.
Le and Lam won their qualifying doubles round with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against El Mhamdi and Carlo Bierbaum. The duo then fell to Tom Douglas and Hans Baumstark of Ventura, 7-6(7-3), 6-2.