#5 MSJC Mens Tennis defeats 4x defending South Coast Conference Champion #6 Cerritos College in a very tough and hard fought 4 hour battle yesterday afternoon at Cerritos College by the score of 5-4. Cerritos was also riding a 34 conference match win streak which was snapped by the visiting Eagles! This was the 1st conference match for the Eagles so far this season having been relagated to the South Coast Conference along with college tennis powerhouse College of the Desert in what could easily be deemed the toughest conference in the state for mens JC tennis. The match was filled with excellent play from both teams and was all tied up at 3-3 after singles play going into the doubles rotation. After having won the #1 doubles match, the Eagles suffered a loss at the #2 spot and were down a set in the #3 match. Kenny 'old school' Hotchkiss and Richard Tetteh battled back to win the 2nd set and force the 3rd set 10 point super tie-breaker. Playing under extreme pressure and with the weight of the enitre match on their shoulders, Kenny and Richard pulled out the tie-breaker and lifted the Eagles to victory causing a huge celebration on the court in what turned out to be the best match played thus far by this very talented group of college tennis players!
Emmanuel Mensah and Bruno Reich remained undefeated in singles play on the season. Taylor Witt, last seasons conference singles champion (pacific coast conference) and state singles individual qaulifier, returned to the lineup to help the Eagles to the victory by winning his singles match and also teaming up with Emmanuel Mensah at the #1 doubles position. Taylor and Emmanuel are currently the ITA Preseason #1 doubles team in the southern california rankings.
MSJC continues play in the South Coast Conference next Tuesday at 2pm @ the MSJC campus courts. Please come out and show your support for the Eagle tennis program!
South Coast Conference Match
Final Score : MSJC 5, Cerritos 4
1. Emmanuel Mensah (msjc) def. Doug Edwards (cer) 7-5, 6-1
2. Taylor Witt (msjc) def. Tim Lee (cer) 7-6(4), def.
3. Bruno Reich (msjc) def. Jason Wall (cer) 7-6(5), 4-6 12-10
4. Nik Bote (cer) def. Carlos Marquez (msjc) 6-4, 6-3
5. Carlos Gomez (cer) def. Richard Tetteh (msjc) 6-3, 2-6 11-9
6. David Sim (cer) def. Tyler Park (msjc) 6-2, 6-0
1. Mensah/Witt (msjc) def. Wall/Bote (cer) 6-4, 7-5
2. Edwards/Lee (cer) def. Reich/Marquez (msjc) 6-4, 6-3
3. Ken Hotchkiss/Tetteh (msjc) def. Matt Jun/Gomez (cer) 3-6, 6-4 10-6
MSJC 4-1, 1-0
Cerritos College 4-2, 1-1