Men's tennis team ends first round of OEC play with loss at home

Men's tennis team ends first round of OEC play with loss at home

The Irvine Valley men's tennis team finished the first round of Orange Empire Conference action with a 8-1 loss to Riverside at home on Thursday.

Riverside is ranked No. 2 in Southern California and improved its record to 14-0 overall and 5-0 in conference.

Irvine Valley's record dropped to 3-7 overall and 3-2 in conference. The Lasers remained in third place in the standings behind Riverside and Cypress.

The Lasers picked up their lone win of the day at No. 6 singles with freshman Stuart Webb defeating Brandon Moerer, 7-5, 3-6, (10-8).

But freshman Thallys Santos also played tough at No. 3 singles and was just edged, 7-5, 6-4, by Riverside's Elie-Noe Nicolay.

IVC's No. 1 doubles team of freshman Alvaro Mantilla and Santos and No. 3 team of freshmen Jacob Holiday and Li also competed well, but each dropped 8-4 decisions.

Irvine Valley is back in action on Tuesday, hosting Saddleback at 2 p.m. The Lasers defeated the Gauchos, 9-0, to begin conference.


1) Kayne Trustfull (RCC) def. Jacob Holiday (IVC), 6-1, 6-1

2) Thomas Pidoux (RCC) def. William Li (IVC), 6-3, 6-1

3) Elie-Noe Nicolay (RCC) def. Thallys Santos (IVC), 7-5, 6-4         

4) Sami Akouz (RCC) def. Randal Murphy (IVC), 6-0, 6-1

5) Miles Clark (RCC) def. Alvaro Mantilla (IVC), 6-3, 6-0  

6) Stuart Webb (IVC) def. Brandon Moerer (RCC) 7-5, 3-6, (10-8)


1) Trustfull/Pidoux (RCC) def. Mantilla/Santos (IVC), 8-4

2) Akouz/Thierry van Os (RCC) def. Webb/Murphy (IVC), 8-1

3) Clark/Nicolay (RCC) def. Holiday/Li (IVC), 8-4