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Vaqueros go to state

Tennis: Glendale college team of Sarkissian and Campbell set to compete in state tournament today.

May 13, 2011|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

GLENDALE — Alex Sarkissian and Trevor Campbell have arrived at their final stages, looking to close out their respective seasons on top.

During the last four months, it's mostly looked easy for the Glendale Community College men's tennis players when they've stepped on to the court.

Sarkissian and Campbell will attempt to become the top players on the state circuit when they compete today and possibly Saturday in the California Community College State Playoffs at Sierra Sport & Racquet Club in Fresno. Sarkissian will attempt to win a singles championship, while also teaming with Campbell in doubles.

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The first round and quarterfinals will be held today. The semifinals and finals will take place Saturday.

Sarkissian, the top seed from the south, will face Ramon Martinez of Foothill, the seventh seed from the north, in a first-round match at 9 a.m. The winner of the Sarkissian-Martinez match will next take part in a quarterfinal match at 11 a.m. against Justin Thompson of Irvine Valley (seventh seed from the south) or John Karlman of Fresno (third seed from the north).

At press time, the doubles pairings weren't unveiled.

Sarkissian will look to become the first Vaquero — second overall — to win a state singles title since Dylan Kim accomplished the feat in 2007. Sarkissian enters today's competition having won all 31 of his singles matches, including picking up a 6-4, 1-0 (retired) victory against College of the Desert's Rodrigo Schaeffer on Saturday in the championship match of the Southern California Regionals at J.W. Marriott-Desert Springs Country Club in Palm Desert.

"It's just about me being able to get on a roll and staying on it," Sarkissian said. "It's been giving me a lot of confidence.

"When you have all of that confidence, you expect to keep going. I'm playing better competition. They know me and I know them."

Glendale college men's Coach Bob MacKay said Sarkissian has had to reinvent himself during the last several weeks.

"He went down there and did what he had to do at the regionals," MacKay said. "Since he's playing a lot of the best players of late, he's had to prove himself all over again.

"If you want to be the top guy, then you have to beat some of the very best. He's being tested and he's doing very well."

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