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Glendale Community College mens' tennis team tops Santa Barbara

Tennis: Glendale gets tiebreaker doubles win to post 5-4 Western State Conference home victory Tuesday.

April 02, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Glendale Community College's Gaspar Macalutas returns a shot against Santa Barbara City College in a Western State Conference men's tennis match.
Glendale Community College's Gaspar Macalutas… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

GLENDALE — With a potential playoff spot at stake, the Glendale Community College men’s tennis team found itself in a tight spot Tuesday afternoon.

Glendale college needed a victory against visiting Santa Barbara City College in a Western State Conference match to finish tied for second with Santa Barbara. A loss by Glendale would have eliminated it from a possible playoff berth.

In its time of need, Glendale turned to its No. 3 doubles team of Santiago Segovia and Son Tran, as the duo recorded a clinching 9-8(8-6) victory and propel Glendale to a 5-4 win.

“I’ve been in sports my whole life and coached for a long time and that was a great match,” said Glendale Coach Bob MacKay, whose team improved to 11-5, 5-3 in conference. “I thought Santiago and Son competed extremely hard and it wasn’t easy.

“I thought going into the tiebreaker that they could compete hard and they did just that.”

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Glendale and Santa Barbara (5-3 in conference) split the two head-to-head meetings this season. Santa Barbara posted a 5-4 home win against Glendale on March 5.

Now, Glendale and Santa Barbara will wait to see if they will be part of the eight-team Southern California Regionals. The five conference champions and three at-large teams will be part of the postseason. The pairings will be unveiled Sunday and the quarterfinals will begin Tuesday. Glendale last participated in the postseason in 2011, when it fell to Cypress.

Glendale received singles victories from Gaspar Macalutas (6-3, 6-0), Dat Le (6-3, 7-6 (7-4), Tran (6-4, 6-3) and Segovia (6-4, 6-2) to grab a 4-2 advantage heading into the three doubles sets.

Santa Barbara knotted it at 4 with wins from Logan Liddell and Fabian Lundberg (8-4) and Daniel Barrington and Eduardo Baccini (8-4), setting the stage for some late heroics from Segovia and Tran.

Glendale took an 8-7 lead before Santa Barbara held serve to force a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, Glendale jumped out to a 6-4 lead before Santa Barbara fought off a pair of match-points to knot it at 6. After Glendale took a 7-6 lead, Tran smashed a forehand shot down the line to seal the victory against Carlo Bierbaum and Soufiane El Mhamdi.

“We had some good points,” Tran said. “I’ve played in a lot of tournaments and had sets like this before.

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