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Vaqs are slowed down by Tigers

Tennis: GCC men handed 6-3 nonconference defeat by Occidental.

February 06, 2011|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — For the time being, Glendale Community College men's tennis Coach Bob MacKay would like a more balanced singles lineup.

He's confident with Nos. 1 and 2 players Alex Sarkissian and Trevor Campbell, respectively, but would like more consistency from the remainder of the lineup.

"We are getting better, but I'd like to see us establish ourselves in the lower part of the lineup," MacKay said after host Glendale college suffered a 6-3 nonconference loss against Occidental College on Saturday afternoon. "We are capable of doing that, but it's just about them getting more experience in match play."

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The Vaqueros (1-2) lost four of six singles sets against Occidental (1-0). The Tigers, a Division III squad in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, won a pair of tiebreakers in singles to give them a 4-2 lead entering doubles competition.

Sarkissian and Campbell, a Burroughs High graduate and former All-Area honoree, each won their respective singles sets. Sarkissian posted a 6-0, 6-1 win against Stefan Pastor, while Campbell came through with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Jeremy Shapiro. Sarkissian and Campbell then worked together for an 8-4 victory.

Campbell said he consistently attacked the net throughout his singles win.

"It was successful and that's how I got most of my points," Campbell said. "I'm happy with my start.

"It's just about getting confidence and Alex and I are trying to practice our volleys. He's got some great serves."

The Tigers, who won a pair of meetings last season against the Vaqueros, got a singles win apiece from Stephen Perkins, Kevin Siebs, Spencer Choy and Jordan Brown. Perkins picked up a 6-3, 6-2 victory against Hoover graduate Andre Ratavousian, while Siebs netted a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Crescenta Valley graduate Dro Mahmoudi.

Choy topped Stephan Mamann, 6-4, 4-6, 10-6. Brown defeated La Cañada graduate Grayson Frazier, 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.

"These team were even in terms of ability," said Occidental Coach Michael Guice, whose team clinched the match when Siebs and David Cotton recorded an 8-3 doubles win against Mamann and Crescenta Valley graduate Eric Khanlarian. "Both teams played well and they gave us a better match.

"Both of those tiebreakers were close and we were able to pull it out."

Perkins and Choy registered an 8-5 win against Frazier and Glendale High graduate Mike Astorian.

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