UPDATE - Sasha Krasnov and Nikita Katsnelson won their second consecutive South Coast Conference doubles championship when they defeated teammates Aleks Trifunovic and James Zhang, 8-3 on Monday. It was a rematch of last year's conference championship match.
Even though the doubles title match still needs to be held, the Cerritos College men's tennis team has guaranteed they will sweep all of the South Coast Conference awards after winning the team title. The Falcons, who had the top six seeded singles players and top three seeded doubles pairs, swept through the tournament.
Sophomore Sasha Krasnov (School 106, Ukraine), who was named the conference's Player of the Year, did not drop a set in winning his second straight conference singles championship. Krasnov (pictured, left) and doubles partner, sophomore Nikita Katsnelson (Odessa Gymnasium No. 1, Ukraine), will play for their second consecutive championship on Monday at 3:30 p.m. against sophomore teammates Aleks Trifunovic (Katrinelund Gymnasiet, Sweden) and James Zhang (Shenzhen Luohu Foreign Language School, China). It will be a rematch of last season's conference doubles championship match.
Additionally, Alvin Kim was named the conference's Coach of the Year for the fourth year in a row and seventh time in his 14-year career. He also led the Falcons to their fifth conference championship in a row.
In singles action, Krasnov (pictured below with Trifunovic) received a bye in the first round before defeating Luis Tanada of El Camino College, 6-1, 6-1. He took on #5-seeded Zhang in the semifinals and posted a 6-3, 6-1 win and capped off the day with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over #3-seeded Trifunovic, who upset #2-seeded Katsnelson, 3-6, 7-6, 10-7 to reach the finals. Trifunovic needed to play a three-set match in the quarterfinals, as he fought back against freshman teammate Carlos Mendez (Instituto de Educación Secundaria Ies El Palo, Spain), 4-6, 6-4, 10-7.
Zhang was able to reach the semifinals when he upset freshman teammate and #4-seed Bruno Duarte (Centro Educacional Rogêdo, Brazil), 1-6, 6-4, 10-5. In doubles play, Duarte was forced to drop out due to an injury, but was replaced by freshman Kwang-Eun Lee (Sunny Hills HS) and remained seeded #3.
Lee and freshman Marcos Paulo Silvestre (Colégio Tiradentes, Brazil) were defeated in the semifinals by #2-seeded Trifunovic and Zhang, 9-8. Meanwhile, Krasnov and Katsnelson were posting an 8-1 win in their lone match to reach the finals.
April 30, 2017 M. Tennis: Doubles team falls in championship match
April 29, 2017 M. Tennis: Krasnov and Katsnelson advance to semifinals
April 28, 2017 M. Tennis: Doubles still alive; singles are eliminated
April 27, 2017 M. Tennis: All players post wins on first day
April 18, 2017 M. Tennis: #2 Falcons upset by Cypress in playoffs
April 11, 2017 M. Tennis: Playoff win advances Falcons
April 7, 2017 M. Tennis: Conference awards go to the Falcons
March 31, 2017 M. Tennis: Pair of wins concludes regular season
March 30, 2017 M. Tennis: Rare doubleheader nets pair of wins
March 28, 2017 M. Tennis: Falcons beat depleted Mt. SAC
March 24, 2017 M. Tennis: Falcons hold off Cypress for win
March 23, 2017 M. Tennis: Cerritos wins 11th straight match
March 18, 2017 M. Tennis: Cerritos dominates North/South Tournament
March 16, 2017 M. Tennis: Team stays undefeated in conference with win
March 14, 2017 M. Tennis: Fifth win of the season over NCAA DIII school
March 11, 2017 M. Tennis: Third win in as many days for the Falcons
March 10, 2017 M. Tennis: Road match nets 8-0 win over Ventura
March 9, 2017 M. Tennis: Week off still results in 8-1 win
March 2, 2017 M. Tennis: Team earns win over El Camino
February 28, 2017 M. Tennis: Falcons open conference with win
February 25, 2017 M. Tennis: Top two teams in the state battle to the end
February 24, 2017 M. Tennis: Win sets up showdown with Irvine Valley
February 23, 2017 M. Tennis: Win over Glendale moves team to 8-0
February 21, 2017 M. Tennis: Cerritos earns another sweeping victory
February 14, 2017 M. Tennis: Falcons sweep past Riverside to stay undefeated
February 11, 2017 M. Tennis: Win improves Falcons record to 5-0
February 9, 2017 M. Tennis: Shutout of Saddleback gives team fourth win
February 2, 2017 M. Tennis: Team beats second NCAA DIII school of the season
January 31, 2017 M. Tennis: Cerritos sweeps past LA Pierce
January 28, 2017 M. Tennis: Falcons open season with 8-1 win