Third Ranked Eagles Fall to Cypress in Tennis

The #3 ranked MSJC mens tennis team wrapped up their regular season yesterday with a pivotal non-conference match up with Orange Empire Conference 2x champion and #4 ranked Cypress College at Cypress College. 1 year ago the eagles handed the visiting Chargers a lopsided 8-1 loss during the 2010 season. This year was a different story as the Chargers had just come off their biggest win in school history taking out the state champion pirates from Ventura College 5-4 on Saturday afternoon. The match was in a playoff mood as the singles play was at a very high level. The Eagles fought hard for 2 hours but were only able to secure 2 points in the singles rotation. Sophomore James Bragg (Sun City) came from behind in the 1st set of his singles match to score a 7-5, 6-3 win. Freshman Victor Bittar (Brazil) also won his singles match in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 to help keep the eagles alive going into the doubles rotation. The host Chargers kept the pressure on visiting eagles and quickly took charge of all three doubles match. The previously undefeated doubles team of James Bragg and Murilo Valadares managed a huge comeback after trailing 1-6 to force a tie-breaker at 8-8 but were unable to maintain momentum and eventually fell and lost their bid for a perfect season record but nonetheless ended their season at 16-1.
The eagles now prepare for post-season play as they bid to enter the playoffs starting next tuesday. Going off the seasons results and current rankings the eagles figure to be seeded #4 and will probably host #5 South Coast Champion Cerritos College in the 1st round of the dual team playoffs, however nothing is set until after the regional playoff meeting this Sunday. 
The mens team will also be preparing individually for the Foothill Conference Tournament which will be hosted this year at the MSJC campus. Those individual singles and doubles teams reaching the quarterfinals will qaulify for regional individuals in Palm Desert next month. Please come out and support your eagles as they compete at the conference tournament this friday and saturday at MSJC. Its a good opportunity to catch some great tennis in the local area!
 
Cypress College 7, Mt. San Jacinto 2
 
Singles
 
1)  Oliver Andrzejczuk (Cyp) def. Murilo Valadares (MSJC)  6-2, 6-2
2)  Victor Bittar (MSJC) def. Mark Mahan (Cyp) 6-3, 6-3
3)  Torsten Keil-Long (Cyp) def. Mensford Owuso (MSJC)  6-2, 6-3
4)  James Bragg (MSJC) def. Joakim Nordmar (Cyp)  7-5, 6-3
5)  Dhanuk Withana (Cyp) def. Tayvn Libao (MSJC)  6-0, 6-0
6)  Gabriel Dias (Cyp) def. Anderson Ribeiro (MSJC)  6-4, 7-5
 
Order of Finish: 5, 2, 1, 3, 4, 6
 
Doubles
 
1)  Andrzejczuk/Keil-Long (Cyp) def. Owuso/Bittar (MSJC)  8-3
2)  Dias/Withana (Cyp) def. Bragg/Valadares (MSJC)  9-8
3)  Mahan/Nordmar (Cyp) def. ARibeiro/Libao (MSJC)  8-3
 
Order of Finish: 3*, 1, 2
Cypress College def. MSJC
7-2
 
Singles
1. Oliver Andrzejczuk (cyp) def. Murilo Valadares (msjc) 6-2, 6-2
2. Victor Bittar (msjc) def. Mark Mahan (cyp) 6-3, 6-1
3. Torsten Keil-Long (cyp) def. Mensford Owusu (msjc) 6-3, 6-3
4. James Bragg (msjc) def. Joakim Nordmar (cyp) 7-5, 6-3
5. Dhanuk Withana (cyp) def. Tavyn Libao (msjc) 6-0, 6-0
5. Gabriel Dias (cyp) def. Anderson Ribero (msjc) 6-4, 7-5
 
Doubles
1. Andrzejczuk/Keil-Long (cyp) def. Bittar/Owusu (msjc) 8-3
2. Withana/Dias (cyp) def. Bragg/Valadares (msjc) 9-8 (4)
3. Mahan/Nordmar (cyp) def. Libao/Ribeiro (msjc) 8-3
 
Cypress 20-2 overall record, Orange Empire Conference Champions and currently ranked #4 by the ITA
 
MSJC 12-5 overall record, 2nd place Foothill Conference and currently ranked #3 by the ITA