Men's Tennis

Men's tennis team celebrates 2015 state title with rings

Men's tennis team celebrates 2015 state title with rings

Irvine Valley's men's tennis program celebrated the first California Community College Athletic Association state title in 2015.

Several of the players were present and received state championship rings last week on the IVC courts.

The Lasers completed their journey in Ventura last year with a 5-2 victory over Foothill to win the state title at the Pierpont Club.

Irvine Valley fell in the state final in 2014 to Fresno City, but was not going to let it happen again.

IVC, with an even deeper lineup and better doubles play this year under third-year coach Ross Duncan, had a little too much for Foothill in the final.

The Lasers took a 2-1 lead in matches through the doubles portion of the contest and then won two of the first three singles matches to capture the title.

The celebration by the jovial bunch of IVC players and supporters started immediately on the court where freshman Tony Selim won the deciding match.

Irvine Valley (18-1 overall) got wins in doubles from its top team of sophomores Guillermo Ucelay and Simon Guillon and its. No. 3 team of freshmen Carson Williams and Scott Paz.

Williams and Paz were first off the courts with a 8-2 win over Foothill's Daniel Kim and Ryan Lam.

Ucelay and Guillin then defeated Foothill's Rihards Feldmanis and Felipe Resende, 8-5, to put IVC up in matches, 2-0.

But Foothill hung tough and made things interesting heading into singles when it got a win from its No. 2 team of Brenden Lum and Braden Holt in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (8-6), over Irvine Valley's duo of sophomore Max Rumeau and sophomore Valentin Baize.

Ucelay gave Irvine Valley a 3-1 lead with a victory at No. 1 singles.

The two-time player of the year in the Orange Empire Conference defeated Foothill's Feldmanis, 6-1, 6-3.

Foothill answered back with a win at No. 2 singles with Lum beating Guillin, 6-2, 6-4.

But Irvine Valley won the next two singles matches to take the title.

Williams, one of IVC's most consistent performers throughout the season, defeated Holt, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 4 position.

And then Selim capped the victory with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Foothill's Kim at No. 5 singles.

The loss was Foothill's first of the season. The Northern California champions finished with a record of 21-1.

Irvine Valley got to the final with a 5-0 win over always tough College of the Desert in the Southern California Regional final.

"We have more well-rounded doubles play," said Duncan after the win over COD. "We have three really strong doubles teams. Another key is our depth. Our depth is just incredible. We have so many guys that can step up."

Duncan honored several players in attendance in the ring ceremony, including returning starters that led IVC to another state title in 2016 in Flavien Raveau, Bruno Figlia and Paz. Also attending were team members Luis Castillo, Robert Sielmann and Austin Do.

Standouts from last year Ucelay and Guillen just finished their first season at BYU-Hawaii. 

Click here for more photos from the ring ceremony.

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