Both Tennis Teams Advance; Roland Wins WSC Title

Roderick Daniels
El Vaquero Sports Writer

The men’s tennis team swept through the singles and doubles at the Western State Conference Tournament in Ventura on Saturday, with Andy Roland winning his second WSC singles title.

Roland first won the title as a freshman in 1999.

Roland came back again to win the doubles title with partner Scott Patterson. In the semifinals, Roland and Patterson had to face GCC’s number-two doubles team of Jack Timourian and Boris Adzhamyan. Although they lost, Timourian and Adzhamyan advanced to the Southern California Regionals Saturday in Ojai.

In its one-game playoff against Saddleback College (ranked second in the state) on Tuesday, Glendale (ranked sixth in the state) lost 5-4, and finished in second place in the WSC conference. At the end of the singles play, the score was tied at three, but Saddleback College won two of the three doubles matches.

Roland defeated David DiMortino 6-4, 6-4; Timourian defeated Chad Widtfeldt 6-2, 6-4; and Celso Percegona defeated Chris Mark 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

Patterson lost to Arif Hasan 2-6, 6-4, 7-6; Adzhamyan lost to Jon Lippert 3-6, 6-4, 6-4; and Arsenio Bautista lost to Sean Ruitenberg 6-3-6-0.

In doubles, Roland and Patterson defeated Hanson and Lippert 6-4, 6-4; Adzhamyan and Timourian lost to DiMartino and Mark 7-6, 6-4; and Percegona and Bautista lost to Jason Efstathiou and Widtfeldt 6-0, 6-2. The record is now 12-4.

The women’s team qualified both in singles and doubles for the Southern California Regionals on March 3 through March 5 at Southwestern College in San Diego. Karoline Tomicich qualified as a singles player, and also qualified in doubles with Jennifer Wooldridge. They accomplished this by advancing to at least the quarterfinals of the WSC Tournament in Santa Barbara on Saturday.

Wooldridge won’t go to Ojai with the team because she wants to catch up on her schoolwork. Nanor Dekermenjian will take her place in singles and doubles.

“Karoline played very well,” coach Terry Coblentz said. “She had a nice tournament.”

Rebecca Hess, and Mariana Nashed will also go to Ojai as the second doubles team.

Hess and Nashed both won their first round matches on Saturday. Wooldridge lost to the number one seed, playing well yet losing 6-4, 6-0.

“Everybody played really well on Saturday,” Coblentz said. “This was a great learning experience for them because they got to see and play players who were better than them on paper.”