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Glendale Community College doubles squads make Ojai runs

Tennis: Women's, men's contingents make respective quarterfinal runs.

April 27, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

Unlike past years in which the prestigious Ojai Tournament served as an entity unto itself for community college tennis, this year, players had to qualify out of conference tournaments.

The 113th annual Ojai Valley Tournament was the final event for junior college tennis, with the Southern California Regionals and state tournament taking place under the umbrella of the prestigious tourney.

“It was a lot different. You had to qualify this year,” Glendale Community College men’s Coach Bob MacKay said. “Every match meant something.”

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And in the doubles ranks on both the men’s and women’s sides, Glendale Community College went out swinging.

The highlight likely came from the ladies, as unseeded Alexandra Amor and Sofia Tavitian of GCC advanced to Saturday afternoon’s quarterfinals and lost a heartbreaker to Orange Coast College’s Michelle Cyrus and Mia Hashimoto, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 10-8. They got there by upsetting the top seed Friday afternoon.

“We came all the way back, but unfortunately we let the horse get a little too far ahead,” said GCC women’s Coach Bob Donaghy of his duo, which trailed, 9-2, at one point in the final set. “We finished in the top eight of 128 teams. That’s 128 of the best teams in the state. That’s pretty darn good.”

On the men’s side, eighth-seeded Andrew You and Gaspar Macalutas advanced to the quarterfinals, but lost to second-seeded Andrew Amor and Adam Duong of American River, 7-6, 3-0 (retirement) after GCC withdrew due to injury Friday afternoon.

“We had a chance to advance [Friday],” MacKay said. “We should’ve won that first set.”

There was local success elsewhere at the tournament.

Sixth-seeded Ally McKenzie reached the final round of the girls’ 16 tournament after upsetting second-seeded Erin Freeman of Downey, 6-4, 6-3, on Friday afternoon to move into Saturday morning’s semifinals. In the semifinals, McKenzie was stopped by seventh-seeded Ryan Peus, 6-1, 6-0.

Previously, McKenzie opened up Thursday with a 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory against Haruna Tsuruta of Ojai. On Friday morning, McKenzie began with a 6-1, 6-0 sweep of San Marino’s Madeleine Gandawidjaja, 6-1, 6-0.

Myles Webb of Glendale drew the No. 5 seed in the boys’ 14 singles draw and made a run before he was defeated by top-seeded Kento Perera of Santa Barbara, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, in Friday’s quarterfinal round.

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