Grayson Frasier won his singles match 6-1, 6-1 and his doubles match with teammate Trevor Campbell 8-4 in the Vaqueros’ loss to Irvine Valley College 6-3 on Thursday at Glendale College.
“I served well, I capitalized on his weakness, which was his forehand,” said Frasier. “I played loose and confident; I wasn’t nervous or tight. I just felt good.”
Frasier defeated Rafael Da Luz relatively easy in the No. 2 singles match. Frasier exploited Da Luz’s mistakes, forcing Da Luz to struggle throughout the match.
“His overall game was good, but I noticed that he would go to his forehand a lot but he would get a lot of unforced errors,” Fraiser said. “I take it he didn’t like high forehands.”
Frasier was able to take his singles victory and mindset to his No. 1 doubles match. Teammate Trevor Campbell, the Vaqueros’ number one singles player paired with Frasier and the two were able to defeat the Lasers’ top two players, Lance Dugan and Da Luz. The final score of the match tallied up 8-4.
Frasier was the top performer for the Vaqs. His victories in his singles and doubles earned one point each for the overall score.
“I played a lot better then I did in the rest of our matches this season,” said Frasier.
The last point for the Vaqs’ came from the No. 3 doubles match. Freshman Rick Ivynian and sophomore Eric Khanlarian won their match 9-7.
Campbell was able to keep up with the Lasers No. 1 player, Dugan. He lost his first match 7-6, but Dugan was too much for Campbell and he lost his second match in straight set 6-0.
During the No. 3 singles, Andre Ratavousian lost his match in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.
No. 4, Fransico Alberto Ochoa was also defeated in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0.
Khanlarian lost his singles match 6-2, 6-2, but he made the loss up in his doubles victory.
The team’s No. 6 single player, Mario Ruiz, was swept in his match, 6-0, 6-0. During the No. 2 doubles match Ochoa and Ruiz, lost 8-4.
The Vaqueros (5-12) have lost six of their last seven games this season. But for head coach Bob MacKay, he takes this as a stepping stone to the end of the season.
“I think the important thing is that we are coming to the end of our season. We have two more matches. We have a league match against Santa Barbara and then we play Victor Valley next Friday,” said MacKay. “We have to be ready for the Western State Conference tournament.”
MacKay is confident in his team that they’re going to get better as the season comes to end.
“All these matches are all building blocks for the end of the season,” he said. “I’m happy for what I’m seeing. All we have to do is keep getting better.”
The Vaqueros’ final two matches are against Santa Barbara College Thursday and Victor Valley on Friday. Both matches are at home.