Eagles Split a Pair of Matches

MSJC Mens tennis traveled to Ventura College this past saturday afternoon and went to battle for 4 grueling hours against the defending state champions. The eagles fought hard and the match was much closer than the previous encounter in last season's southern california state dual team semi-final matchup. This time around the singles matches at the top were very competitive and #1 player Emmanuel Mensah remained undefeated in singles play. #2 player Taylor Witt lost his match in a very close 3 set battle and #3 Bruno Reich played hard but also lost. Unfortunately, #5 player, Richard Tetteh was unavailable for saturdays match due to a leg injury and this proved to be the deciding factor at the bottom of the line-up. The doubles matches were very intense and extremely competitve. All good things must come to an end and saturday was that unfortunate day for the #1 ranked ITA doubles team. Mensah and Witt sprung out to a big lead in the 8 game pro-set in their match 4-1 but were unable to hold momentum and the Ventura team consisting of 1/2 of last seasons doubles state champion (Hassan Abbas) fought back to even the match at 8-8. This led to a 8 game pro-set tie break where the eagles had match point but were unable to convert and finally tasted defeat as a doubles team. The #2 team of Reich and Marquez also battled hard and fell short of victory as did the #3 eagle team (Hotchkiss and Park).
 
The Eagles returned to conference play this tuesday and also returned to their winning ways by dominating El Camino College @ Long Beach City College by the score of 8-1. Emmanuel Mensah remained undefeated for the season. MSJC returns to Long Beach City College this thursday to continue conference play against Long Beach City College @ 2pm.
 
Non-Conference Dual Team Match
 
2/28/09
 
Ventura College def. MSJC 8-1
 
Mens Singles
 
1. Emmanuel Mensah (msjc) def. Zach Taylor (vc) 6-2, 7-6
 
2. Hassan Abbas (vc) def. Taylor Witt (msjc) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
 
3. Alexandre Rigobello (vc) def. Bruno Reich (msjc) 6-2, 7-5
 
4. Matthias Muster (vc) def. Carlos Marquez (msjc) 6-3, 6-1
 
5. Alexandre Piccin (vc) def. Tyler Park (msjc) 6-1, 6-0
 
6. Juan Arteaga (vc) def. Kenny Hotchkiss (msjc) 6-0, 6-0
 
Mens Doubles
 
1. Taylor/Abbas (vc) def. Mensah/Witt (msjc) 9-8
 
2. Steensland/P. Arteaga (vc) def. Reich/Marquez (msjc) 8-6
 
3. S. McNulty/R. Scipione (vc) def. Hotchkiss/Park (msjc) 8-4
 
 
South Coast Conference Mens Dual Match
 
3/3/09
 
MSJC def. El Camino College 8-1
 
Mens Singles
 
1. Emmanuel Mensah (msjc) def. Tsuyoshi Nagaoka (ec) 6-3, 6-4
 
2. Taylor Witt (msjc) def. Keith Boggero (ec) 6-2, 2-6 10-4
 
3. Bruno Reich (msjc) def. Jon Duarte (ec) 6-0, 6-0
 
4. Carlos Marquez (msjc) def. Tim Kang (ec) 6-1, 6-0
 
5. Tyler Park (msjc) def. Taylor Neal (ec) 6-2, 6-0
 
6. Kenny Hotchkiss (msjc) def. Jonathan Chin 6-1, 6-1
 
Mens Doubles
 
1. Nagaoka/Boggero (ec) def. Reich/Marquez (msjc) 6-7(4), 6-3 10-5
 
2. Witt/Park (msjc) def. Duarte/Kang (ec) 6-0, 6-0
 
3. Hotchkiss/L. Beck-Gonzales (msjc) def. Neal/Chin (ec) 6-1, 6-0
 
MSJC 7-2 (3-0)