‘Take you down to the tennis courts’

David Pradel, Sports Editor

The San Diego City College men’s and women’s tennis teams’ season came to an end on April 23 after having a combined 11 players competing in the 2015 California Community College Athletic Association State Championship Tournament in Ojai.

The men’s No. 1 doubles team, freshmen Dale Gutierrez and Logan Rinder, won their opening match (6-1; 6-0) against the freshmen from Fresno City College, Austyn Postler and Isaiah Trujil.

In the second round, Gutierrez and Rinder lost (4-6; 6-1; 10-6) to Cerritos College sophomore doubles team Amadi Kagoma and Henry Ayesiga.

The No. 2 doubles team for the men’s team, sophomores German Ziella and David Lin, lost in the first round (6-0; 6-1) against Saddleback College freshmen doubles team, Kian Saidi and Vance La.

Also competing for the Knights men’s tennis team were freshmen Dominic Villamor and Raymond Cabellegan. In the first round, Villamor and Cabellegan lost (6-1; 6-1) to Riverside City College freshmen team, Antoine Voisin and Grady Harrell.

For the women’s team, No. 1 singles player, freshman Brianna Hooks, lost in the first round to freshman Savannah Hayes from City College of San Francisco, (4-6; 6-2; 6-4).

The No. 2 singles player, freshman Jordann Hernandez, lost (6-2; 6-2) in the first round against freshman Coral Imhoff from Santa Rosa Junior College.

In the doubles round, the No. 1 doubles team, Hooks and freshman Lily Yamauchi, lost (6-2; 6-0) against Marcela Massaglia and Maddie Seeds from Santa Barbara City College.

The No. 3 doubles team for Knights were freshmen Melissa Gomez and Lydia Teal. They had a bye in the first round but lost in the second round (6-4; 6-3) against freshmen Vivian Dao and Savannah Hayes from City College of San Francisco.

In the middle of April, before the tournament began, both head coaches for the men’s and women’s team, Brandon Lupian and Jami Jones, expressed that they were very proud of the season and were happy they had players that qualified for the tournament.

The men’s team finished their season with an overall record of 5-16 and a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference record of 4-10. For the women’s team, they finished their season with an overall record of 4-9 and a conference record of 4-8.

Both coaches and also players from both teams noted throughout the season that almost all of the players on the team
are freshmen. Combined, there are 17 freshmen tennis players which only means that next season, the Knights will be looking to go further.