Throughout the season, the Glendale Community College men’s tennis team has excelled in doubles.
The success helped pave the way for the Vaqueros to capture their first Western State Conference championship since 2005.
The Vaqueros achieved additional success Friday during the first day of the conference tournament at Ventura College, where three doubles teams advanced to the conference quarterfinals Saturday.
“Our doubles prevailed again,” Glendale Coach Bob MacKay said. “They were all right there.
“We’ve been fortunate to have strong doubles teams throughout the year. We think they have a pretty good chance come Saturday to move on.”
Picking up first-round victories were Dro Dermegerdichian and Oleg Simonyan and Dat Le and Son Tran. In addition, top-seeded Hosep Orojian and Santiago Segovia of Glendale had a first-round bye. Dermegerdichian and Simonyan picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win against Richard Catabona and David Arushamyan of L.A. Pierce. Le and Tran teamed up for a 6-2, 6-0 victory against Lucky Campos and Nathan Gonzalez of Bakersfield.
Glendale’s doubles team of Cameron Braun and Clayton Pauff dropped their first-round match (6-3, 6-7(5-7), 8-10). However, the duo will take part in the back draw round Saturday. The back draw will feature eight doubles teams, with the two finalists moving on to the second round.
In singles action, six of Glendale’s seven players registered first-round victories. Pauff posted a 6-1, 6-3 win against Jessie Fonseca of Bakersfield and Dermegerdichian earned a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 win against Arthur DaSilva of Ventura. Le picked up a 6-3, 6-1 win against Corey Randall of Pierce. Tran bested Daniel Mitchell of Ventura (6-0, 6-2) and Simonyan notched a 6-1, 6-1 win against Mason Gonzalez of Bakersfield.
Orojian had a first-round bye before notching a 6-1, 6-1 second-round victory against Sergy Arushamyan of Pierce.
Pauff, Dermegerdichian, Le, Tran, Simonyan and Braun all lost their second-round matches. All six will be a part of the back draw Saturday. Pauff will take on Dermegerdichian, Le will face Tran and Simonyan will meet Braun.
“We expect there to be some real good matchups,” MacKay said. “It will be a little strange seeing our guys go up against each other.”
The finals will be held April 11 in Ventura.
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