The Saddleback men's tennis team had three doubles teams and two singles players in action on Thursday at the state championships held in Ojai and Ventura. The Gauchos received a handful of great performances, including a big upset in singles play from Chris Torcaso.
The freshman from San Clemente opened the tournament on Thursday by beating College of the Desert's Brian Johnson in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. The win put Torcaso in a match with the No. 2-seed in the tournament in Folsom Lake College's Daniel Alves, in what was supposed to be a formality with Alves moving on to the round of 16. Torcaso had other ideas, pressing Alves to a third set before stunning one of the tournament favorites, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. He will now face the No. 15-seed Tomas Bernardes from Grossmont College in the round of 16 at 11:00 AM this morning.
In addition to winning at singles, Torcaso teamed with Ryan Fabre in doubles to defeat the No. 16-seeded doubles team in the tournament. Torcaso and Fabre raced past the Chabot College duo of Sayed Amir and Noah Moeckelmann, 6-2, 6-0 to advance to the round of 16 on Friday where they will face the team of Alexy Prokopchuk and Marcos Silvestre from Cerritos College. Prokopchuk and Silvestre are the No. 2-seed in the tournament.
In addition to Torcaso's win at singles, Fabre was a first round winner against Fresno City's Jade Yang (6-2, 6-0) before falling in the round of 32 to Cerritos' Alexy Prokopchuk (6-2, 6-1).