The MSJC Mens Tennis team traveled to Cypress College on 4/14/09 for a 1st round Quarter-Final Southern California Dual Team Regional Playoff match. It was an extremely competitive and hard fought match with both teams showing plenty of heart and high qaulity tennis. Cypress College had just recently defeated RCC for a share of the Orange Empire Conference Championship and were seeded #5 and MSJC was seeded #4 by virtue of the match wins they accumulated during the regular season of dual match play.
The Eagles were visiting familiar courts with good memories having dominated the ITA Fall Regional and The Cypress 1st annual Invitational sweeping both the singles and doubles titles in both tournaments.
Emmanuel Mensah, Taylor Witt and Richard Tetteh each came out firing on all cylinders and completely dominated their respective opponents. Carlos Marquez and Tyler Park Battled hard but came up short in their singles play. This put the overall score at 3-2 with all eyes on the #3 singles match between Bruno Reich and his opponent representing Cypress College. Already having lost the 1st set , Bruno found himself down 1-4 in the 2nd set and things didnt look good. Nevertheless, Bruno fought back and took the 2nd set to the tiebreak where he pulled out a dramatic 7-6 win which leveled the match at a set all. Once again Bruno fell into a hole down 1-4, but playing with the support of his fellow eagles on the sidelines he came back to win the 3rd set 7-5 which gave MSJC a 4-2 lead heading into the doubles matches. In playoff mode the match is decided when 5 points is attained by either team, which definetely put the Eagles in a very good position.
Just as they had earlier in the season against Cerritos, #3 doubles team of Kenny Hotchkiss and Richard Tetteh proved to be the deciding factor by coming back from a set down to win 6-4 in the 3rd set and give the Eagles the victory!
The Eagles will be rewarded for this victory with a rematch against #1 seed COD next tuesday in a Southern California Dual Team Semi-Final Match at Palm Springs.
1st Round Quarter-Final Southern California Dual Team Match played on 4/14/09 @ Cypress College
MSJC 5 Cypress College 2
1. Emmanuel Mensah (msjc) def. Sam Tozer (cyp) 6-4, 6-1
2. Taylor Witt (msjc) def. Corey Parker (cyp) 6-3, 6-1
3. Bruno Reich (msjc) def. Ben Thompson-Star (cyp) 1-6, 7-6(6) 7-5
4. Deondre Moss (cyp) def. Carlos Marquez (msjc) 6-2, 7-6(5)
5. Shane Patel (cyp) def. Tyler Park (msjc) 6-0, 6-1
6. Richard Tetteh (msjc) def. Samir Haikal (cyp) 6-2, 6-4
1. Mensah/Witt (msjc) vs Moss/Tozer (cyp) 4-6, 7-6(6) DNF
2. Reich/Marquez (msjc) vs Thomson-Star/T. Landucci (cyp) 7-6(5), 1-2 DNF
3. K. Hotchkiss/Tetteh (msjc) def. G. Druckenmiller/Patel (cyp) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
MSJC 15-5 (9-3)
Cypress 20-4 (9-1)