W. Tennis: Falcons return home for solid win

Top doubles team earns win over Irvine Valley
Top doubles team earns win over Irvine Valley

After playing their last five matches on the road, the Cerritos College women's tennis team returned home to defeat Irvine Valley College, 7-2 on Tuesday. The Falcons (5-1) will now host Mesa (AZ) CC at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday in a non-conference match.

Cerritos won two of the three doubles matches to give them an early lead, but did suffer one injury that forced a retirement in singles action. Sophomore Lisa Suzuki (Fujimigaoka, Japan/Seward County (KS) CC), playing in the #1 position, retired from her match against Halla Alajeely after dropping the first set, 7-6 (7-5). However, in the #2 match, the Lasers (1-1) saw Ariana Hedayati forced to retire due to an injury against sophomore Petra Such (Illyes Gyula, Hungary), who won the first set, 6-0. 

The Falcons swept the other four matches in straight sets, with Suzuki's doubles partner, freshman Kseniia Prokopchuk (School 45, Ukraine) earning a solid 6-1, 6-0 win in the #3 match and sophomore Itzi Torres (ITESM CEM, Mexico/Kansas Wesleyan University) recording a 6-1, 6-2 win at #4. Closing out the other wins were sophomores, Diviana Bravo (Rosa de Jesus Cordero, Ecuador), who earned a 6-0, 6-3 win at #5 and Mary Navalta (Norwalk HS), who was extended to a tie-breaker in the second set before coming away with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) win.

Suzuki and Prokopchuk clinched their 8-6 doubles win when Irvine Valley double-faulted on match point. Such and Torres posted a strong 8-2 win in the #2 doubles match.

Halla Alajeely (IVC) def. Lisa Suzuki (CERR), 7-6 (7-5), retired
Petra Such (CERR) def. Ariana Hedayati (IVC), 6-0, retired
Kseniia Prokopchuk (CERR) def. Fiorella Dreux (IVC), 6-1, 6-0
Itzi Torres (CERR) def. Anna Kretchova (IVC), 6-1, 6-2
Diviana Bravo (CERR) def. Abigail Perez (IVC), 6-0, 6-3
Mary Navalta (CERR) def. Lauren MacDonnell (IVC), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)

Lisa Suzuki/Kseniia Prokopchuk (CERR) def. Halla Alajeely/Fiorella Dreux (IVC), 8-6
Petra Such/Itzi Torres (CERR) def. Ariana Hedayati/Abigail Perez (IVC), 8-2
Anna Kretchova/Lauren MacDonnell (IVC) def. Diviana Bravo/Mary Navalta (CERR), 9-8 (5)

Photos by Liz Aceves