The Saddleback men's tennis team saw its team competition come to an end on Tuesday after a 5-3 loss to Mt. San Antonio College in the opening round of the Southern California Dual-Team Playoffs at Cal Poly Pomona. The Gauchos will compete in individual play at Cypress College on Thursday.
Saddleback held a 2-1 lead after doubles play after winning two, hard-fought battles at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. Riku Goto and Michael Park won 8-5 over Ron Kang and Jeffrey Aldina before Kian Saidi and Kris Harris defeated Philllip Beniga and Kenny Sakata, giving the Gauchos a quick start.
Things deteriorated in singles play as Saddleback lost a couple of tough matches. Saidi did his part at No. 5 singles, defeating Ismael Rodriguez 6-4, 6-2 to become the only two-time winner on the day.
Saddleback will compete at Cypress College on Thursday in the Orange Empire Conference Tournament to decide which individuals advance to the state tournament.
1. Ron Kang (MSAC) def. Riku Goto (SC) 6-4, 6-2
2. Connor Mengert (SC) vs. Erik Martinez (MSAC) 4-6, 6-3, 0-1 (suspended)
3. Kenny Sakata (MSAC) def. Vance La (SC) 0-6, 6-3, 6-2
4. Jeffery Aldina (MSAC) def. Michael Park (SC) 6-1, 6-1
5. Kian Saidi (SC) def. Ismael Rodriguez (MSAC) 6-4, 6-2
6. Phillip Beniga (MSAC) def. Kris Harris (SC) 6-2, 6-4
1. Goto & Park (SC) def. Kang & Aldina (MSAC) 8-5
2. Saidi & Harris (SC) def. Beniga & Sakata (MSAC) 8-6
3. Rodriguez & Kim Phan (MSAC) def. Mengert & La (SC) 8-5