The MSJC men's tennis team picked up their first ever state play-off victory with a 5-3 win over the host Riverside Tigers on Tuesday.
The Eagles received a huge lift from Taylor Witt in singles when he upset the state's #1 ranked player Yair Banuelos in straight sets 7-6 and 6-1. Witt's victory helped MSJC to a 4-2 lead after the singles competition. The doubles team of Mitchell Grajeda and Carlos Marquez clinched the match for the Eagles with a 6-3, 6-2 win in doubles.
The victory propelled MSJC into the Southern California Regional semi-finals where they will take on top ranked Ventura next week. The Eagles who entered the play-offs seeded 5th in So. Cal. are in the midst of the best season in school history. The Ventura match will be next Tuesday at 2 pm.
The tennis team led by head coach John Norman and assistant Jesse Escatiola picked up the school's first ever play-off win Tuesday at Riverside.
Southern California Team Regional @ Riverside
#3 Riverside City College (3), #5 Mt San Jacinto College (5)
#1 Taylor Witt (MSJC) def. Yair Banuelos (RCC) 7-6 (3), 6-1
#2 Daniel Coelho (RCC) def. Mitch Grajeda (MSJC) 6-0, 6-2
#3 Rashad Khamis (RCC) def. Francisco Alvarado (MSJC) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
#4 Dan Nguyen (MSJC) def. Jaco Gerbrands (RCC) 6-4, 6-4
#5 Corey Sheehan (MSJC) def. Camilo Almeida (RCC) 6-4, 6-2
#6 Carlos Marquez (MSJC) def. Tariq Khan(RCC) 6-2, 6-3
#1 Banuelos/Coehlo (RCC) def. Alvarado/Nguyen (MSJC) 6-0, 6-2
#2 Khamis/Gerbrands (RCC) vs. Sheehan/Witt (MSJC) dnf
#3 Grajeda/Marquez (MSJC) def. Almeida/Khan (RCC) 6-3, 6-2
MSJC 19-3, 13-1