The Saddleback men's tennis team remained in second place in the Orange Empire Conference with an 8-1 win at Fulerton College on Thursday in Fullerton. The Gauchos won all six singles matches in improving to 7-4 overall.
Saddleback was dominant in the singles portion of the match, showing a ton of depth against a Hornet squad that has yet to win in OEC play. Chris Torcaso led off with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Charles Kirk at No. 4 singles to give the Gauchos a 1-0 lead. Shortly thereafter Oliver Ludwig finished off Fullerton's Louis St. Clair 6-3, 6-3 at No. 6 singles and Saddleback was off and running. Ivan Ozerets was another winner in straight sets in beating Thiago Manzano 7-6, 6-0 as Saddleback grabbed a 3-0 lead. Lucas Fortt did the same to Rodrigo Orate Garcia at No. 3 singles, winning 6-3, 6-3. Shayan Haddad Kaveh and Tyler Edwards both dropped first sets before rallying to win at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. Kaveh battled from one set down to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 over Jindrich Kosatik while Edwards was a winner over Sergio Lee Gutierrez 1-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Edwards and Torcaso would then team for an 8-7 win at No. 1 doubles. Ludwig was also a two-time winner, teaming with Ryan Burns at No. 3 doubles for an 8-4 win.
Saddleback is scheduled to host Cerritos College on Friday. Match time is scheduled for 2:00 PM at the Saddleback Tennis Complex.
S1: Shayan Haddad Kaveh (SC) def. Jindrich Kosatik (FC) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
S2: Tyler Edwards (SC) def. Sergio Lee Gutierrez (FC) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
S3: Lucas Fortt (SC) def. Rodrigo Orate Garcia (FC) 6-3, 6-3
S4: Chris Torcaso (SC) def. Charles Kirk (FC) 6-1, 6-2
S5: Ivan Ozerets (SC) def. Thiago Manzano (FC) 7-6(9), 6-0
S6: Oliver Ludwig (SC) def. Louis St. Clair (FC) 6-3, 6-3
D1: Tyler Edwards & Chris Torcaso (SC) def. Jindrich Kosatik & Sergio Lee Gutierrez (FC) 8-7(7)
D2: Rodrigo Orate Garcia & Thiago Manzano (FC) def. Lucas Fortt & Ivan Ozerets (SC) 8-6
D3: Ryan Burns & Oliver Ludwig (SC) def. Louis St. Clair & Charles Kirk (FC) 8-4