Western State Conference Matches Heat Up

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El Vaquero Staff Writer

Men’s Tennis

The men’s tennis team improved its overall record to 3-2 and 2-0 in the WSC after beating Santa Barbara 5-4 on Feb. 23 and Reedley 8-1 Feb. 27. The Feb. 27 WSC match against Bakersfield was interrupted by rain with Bakersfield leading 4-3. The game will be concluded at a later date.
The win over Reedley was possible because the Vaqueros earned wins in singles from Gevork Kirakosyan, Hovsep Gasamanian, Kevin White, Chris Hernandez and Phuong Lam. The doubles teams of Kirakosyan and Gasmanian, White and Hernandez and Lam and Chris Tissot all swept their matches. “We’ve been playing really well and it is all because of team work, our players would rather get 5 wins n win the match than just get a win in their game,” said head coach Tom McMurray.

Women’s tennis

The Vaqueros moved up to a 3-1 overall and 2-1 in WSC after defeating Santa Barbara 8-1 on Feb. 23. Thursdays match against Bakersfield was rained out along with the match on Tuesday against Santa Monica, both games will be rescheduled at a later date.

In the win over Santa Barbara, the Vaqueros swept all six matches in singles, thanks to wins from Cindy Gomez, Debbie Martin, Anna Babaian, Tomoko Tsuchiya, Anna Liza Vanderhoof and Anna Mkrtchyan. The doubles teams of Babian and Tsuchiya, and Vanderhoof and Mkrtchyan each won their matches 8-0.

Track and Field

In the WSC dual meet at Santa Barbara on Feb. 27 against College of the Canyons and Cuesta, Glendale’s men’s and women’s teams both finished third in their portions of the meet.

The men finished third with 39 points behind the meet winner Cuesta with 83 points and Canyons with 77, but ahead of Santa Barbara who had only 14. Danny Vargas won the 800-meter race in 2:02.2 and played a part in the winning of the 400-relay team. His teammates in the race were Alex Pounce, Tray Jones and Jonathan Rozelle. They won the race in 3:29.22. Vargas also won third place in the 1500-meter race, which he completed in 4:16. Aaron Floyd took first in the triple jump with a leap of 41-feet-11 inches and Humberto Espino took first place in the 3000-meter race in 9:00.3.

The women of GCC also finished in third with 51 points, behind the meet winner Cuesa with 90 and Canyons with 68, but ahead of Santa Barbara with 49. Jody Maxwell finished second in the 400-meter race in 1:03.2 and Vanessa Banks also took second in the 200-meter race in 27.4. Sandra Prado finished in third place in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:28.1. She also finished third in the 1500-meter race in 5:07 flat. Itzel Vargas won third place in the 3000-meter race in 11:27.

Glendale will compete in a WSC dual meet today against Bakersfield and West Los Angeles at the College of the Canyons.

WSC Basketball

Compton No. 12 will face L.A City No. 1 and Riverside No. 3 will play at Antelope Valley No. 2, in the Southern California Regional Finals Saturday March 6.

American River No. 8 plays at Diablo Valley No. 4 and Yuba No. 10 at Sequoias No. 3, in the Northern California Regional Finals March 6.

Winners will advance to the State Finals held March 12-13 at San Diego. Last year’s winner was L.A City College.