Men's Tennis

Men's and women's tennis players shine at Ojai

Men's and women's tennis players shine at Ojai

Irvine Valley tennis players made some noise at the State Championships last weekend.

The tournament was played in conjunction with the prestigious Ojai Valley Tournament for the first time in community college history.

The Ojai Valley Tournament was in its 113th year.

Irvine Valley had singles and doubles players involved in the state event.

The Lasers had a women's doubles teams reach the quarterfinals.

The IVC duo of sophomore Alyssa Harper and freshman Ashley Athanas was seeded seventh.

Harper and Athanas received a bye in the first round and then beat the Santa Rosa team of laura Essayah and Erin Leveroni, 6-0,6-0, in the second round.

Harper and Athanas continued to move on with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Kaitelyn Fisher and Lauren Griffen of Sierra.

The Irvine Valley team then topped the third-seeded squad of Darlya Ashim and Player Hoshino of Diablo Valley in the round of 16. Harper and Athanas were ahead, 5-2, in the opening set when the team from Diablo Valley had to retire because of injury.

In the quarterfinals, Harper and Athanas lost to the team of fourth-seeded Juliana Nelkin and Kaori Tsuda of Santa Monica, 6-2, 6-3.

The Irvine Valley men's doubles team of freshmen James Lafond and Steven Le was seeded 11th overall and made the round of 16.

The duo received a bye in the first round and then defeated the team of Evan Brahms and Matt Miller of Shasta, 6-0, 6-1.

Lafond and Le lost in the quarterfinals to the fifth-seeded team of Phillipp Mueller and Justin Yang of Reedley, 5-7, 6-3, 10-8.

Irvine Valley's team of sophomores Rafael Da Luz and Jaime Roman won its first round match. The duo defeated Danny Harman and Daniel Storm of Foothill, 6-2, 6-1. But Da Luz and Roman lost in the second round to the sixth-seeded team of Rodrigo Santibanez and Giordano Valdez of San Diego Mesa, 6-0, 6-0.

In singles action, Da Luz won his opening match over Carlos Bierbaum of Santa Barbara, 7-5, 6-4. He lost to second-seeded Alessandro Moriano of Fresno City, 6-1, 6-1, in the second round.

Le won his opening match, beating Vinnie Dalpra of College of the Desert, 6-3, 6-0, but lost in the second round to third-seeded Brook Workenah of Chabot. Le won the first set, 6-3 and lost the second set, 6-4, before retiring.

Lafond fell in the opening round, 6-3, 7-6, to Patrick Johnson of American River.

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