W. Tennis: Close win over NCAA DIII school gives team confidence

Kseniia Prokopchuk won her singles and doubles matches for the Falcons
Kseniia Prokopchuk won her singles and doubles matches for the Falcons

Facing their final NCAA team of the season, the Cerritos College women's tennis team pulled out a 5-4 win over Division III Wellesley (MA) College on Thursday. The Blue (8-5) were looking to complete a 5-0 California trip, but were tripped up by the Falcons (20-1), who won their 18th match in a row. The team will close out their South Coast Conference schedule next Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. when they take on Mt. San Antonio College in a match that will be played at Citrus College.

The Falcons took a 2-1 team lead after doubles, as the top team of sophomore Lisa Suzuki (Fujimigaoka, Japan/Seward County (KS) CC) and freshman Kseniia Prokopchuk (School 45, Ukraine) pulled out an 8-6 decision, while sophomore Petra Such (Illyes Gyula, Hungary) and freshman Moa Lindstrom (Dragonskolans Elitidrottgymnasium, Sweden) registered an 8-2 victory.

It was a battle to the finish, with the Falcons getting to the five team points necessary to earn the win with one match still in progress. Holding a 4-3 team lead, sophomore Itzi Torres (ITESM CEM, Mexico/Kansas Wesleyan University) clinched the team victory with her 6-1, 6-4 victory over Sojin Ki in the #5 singles match. Prokopchuk handled Lizzy Kong, 6-1, 6-1 in their match, while Such pulled out a three-set win, defeating Selina Peng, 6-0, 3-6 6-1. 

Lindstrom was unable to close out against Korina Hernandez in the #4 match, as she fell, 6-2, 4-6, 6-10, while Suzuki suffered a straight set loss in the #1 position. The doubles team of Torres and sophomore Diviana Bravo (Rosa de Jesus Cordero, Ecuador) suffered their first loss of the season, 8-6.

Justine Huang (WC) def. Lisa Suzuki (CERR), 6-3, 6-3
Petra Such (CERR) def. Selina Peng (WC), 6-0, 3-6, 6-1
Kseniia Prokopchuk (CERR) def. Lizzy Kong (WC), 6-1, 6-1
Korina Hernandez (WC) def. Moa Lindstrom (CERR), 2-6, 6-4, 10-6
Itzi Torres (CERR) def. Sojin Ki (WC), 6-1, 6-4
Lily Chu (WC) def. Diviana Bravo (CERR), 6-4, 6-1

Lisa Suzuki/Kseniia Prokopchuk (CERR) def. Justine Huang/Selina Peng (WC), 8-6
Petra Such/Moa Lindstrom (CERR) def. Korina Hernandez/Abigail Schleichkorn (WC), 8-2
Lizzy Kong/Lily Chu (WC) def. Itzi Torres/Diviana Bravo (CERR), 8-6

Photos by Daryl Peterson