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GCC players advance at Ojai

Tennis: Alex Sarkissian on to quarters in singles and doubles with Trevor Campbell.

April 30, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com

GLENDALE — Alex Sarkissian's progress through the 111th Annual Ojai Tennis Tournament was slowed by another hot player on a roll on Friday afternoon at Ojai Valley Tennis Club.

But the pause was only momentary, as the top-seeded Glendale Community College sophomore continued his unbeaten season with a 6-2, 7-5 win over 16th-seeded Michael Tjuatjuarma of De Anza College in the Men's Community College Singles tournament round of 16 on Friday to advance to today's quarterfinals.

"Alex found a way to get back in the match and to win it, this guy was very good he played today," Glendale college men's Coach Bob MacKay said. "But you've got to realize you're playing sudden death and you don't want to extend matches any longer than you have to. You've got to play smart and realize that your body can only take so much."

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Sarkissian's day got even better later Friday when he and partner Trevor Campbell advanced to the quarterfinals of the Men's Community College Doubles Tournament, but first he had to battle back from a 4-2 deficit after having his serve broken in the second set against Tjuatjuarma.

"[Tjuatjuarma] was a good player, it was a good match," said Sarkissian, who improved to 24-0 in singles on the season. "I just stayed in there and figured out I should just make him play and see how things turned out from there. Obviously, if you're not winning, you've got to change your game, so I ended up changing my game and things started going well for me."

Campbell also came close to advancing to today's quarterfinal in Community College Men's Singles, but was defeated by Jony Chai of Cerritos in the round of 16 on Friday.

After narrowly losing a hard-fought first set, 7-6 (7-3), Campbell, who earlier beat Francisco's Laranjinha, 6-0, 6-1, in the opening round, De Anza's Patrick Collins, 6-1, 6-0, in the round of 64 and Irvine Valley's Justin Thompson, 4-0 (retired, injury) to reach the round of 16, quickly went down in the second set, 6-1.

But Campbell's day wasn't done, as he and Sarkissian, who were seeded fifth, later teamed to beat Mt. San Jacinto's 12th-seeded James Bragg and Murilo Valadares, 6-3, 6-4, in the round of 16.

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