What was expected to be an exciting match today at the Vaquero tennis complex turned into an exciting thriller. Going into both matches each team was undefeated with Riverside having two good wins over Mount San Jancinto and Cerritos, putting them as the potential number 2 team in Southern California. "We knew going in it was going to be a good match" said Bob Mackay. "Riverside is better than they were last year and we knew that they had some good wins over top teams".
Going into the match the Vaqueros received it's first win from Dat Le at number 4 singles 6-2, 6-1 but that would be the only match the Vaqueros would win convincingly in singles. At number 3 singles Oleg Simonyan came back from losing the first set 4-6 and taking the second 6-3 before going into a super tie break where Simonyan was down 5-8 in the super tie break. Simonyan was able to get back to 8-8 before losing the next point and being down a match point 8-9. Simonyan then gained the break back and then won 3 points in a row to win 11-9
Hosep Orojian at number 1 singles finished next after winning the first set 6-3 and being up 5-1 in the second set, before David Stanko made an amazing comeback to take the second set to a tiebreak. In the tiebreak Stanko had a set point at 5-6 before Orojian was able to break back winning 8-6 in the tiebreak.
At number 5 singles Cameron Braun went down the first set 1-6 before regrouping and taking the second set 6-2. In the third Braun went down a break early in the third set, going down 0-3 before making a comeback and getting back on serve at 2-3. "Joffrey Fecomme is a good player" said Cameron Braun. "Strong forehand and serve and he definitely puts the pressure on. I think for me just staying focused and playing my game was the key because he definitely makes you feel like you should go for more". Braun was able to get the opportunity at 4-4 to break and serve out the match winning 6-4 in the third.
At number 6 singles Santiago Segovia toke on Conner Stephenson with each person taking a set and going to a super tie break to decide the match. " I felt good" said Santiago Segovia. "What was hard is he played some big points at the crucial moments which helped in him win the match". "I feel like that tiebreak could of gone either way but he played a great match under pressure to keep his team alive going into doubles". Santiago finished the tiebreak losing 10-7 giving the Riverside tigers a opportunity to come back and win in doubles.
Before going into doubles the Vaqueros finished singles going up 4-2 but Bob Mackay knew that getting the 5th point would be no easy task. "The match is never over until you get the fifth point" said Bob Mackay. Too many times have I seen teams let up and the other team comes back and beats you 5-4". "And with this team you know they still believe they can come back and win this match so can't take your foot off the gas pedal".
Going into doubles the tigers struck the first blow against the Vaqueros beating Orojian/Le 8-2 putting them at 4-3 in team points. At number 3 doubles Braun and Pauff were able to pull out a close match against Stanko and Stetco winning 8-5, giving the Vaqueros the fifth point but getting the win was no easy challenge. "They played really good from beginning to end" said Clayton Pauff. "Every time we would break they would get the break right back and they definitely put the pressure on us each time on serve". The last match to finish was number 2 doubles where Dermegerdichian and Simonyan forced a tiebreak at 8-8 and winning (7-5). "I think this is a really good win for us today" said Bob Mackay. " This match could of been lost 3-6 or won 6-3". "What I think helped our guys is the team support from all the players". "Even the players not playing played a big role in supporting each other on the court and that is what makes a great team because each of these individuals knows that each one of them contributes toward the team success".
The Vaqueros will next face College of the Desert on February 13th at Glendale College. "College of the Desert is always good so we know what to expect but just like this match you always have chances and it just comes down to taking those chances at the big moments".