SBCC men’s tennis takes down Glendale, 8-1, for final match

ZAC GOTTLIEB, Channels Staff

The City College men’s tennis team ended its Western State Conference regular season with a conclusive 8-1 victory against the visiting Glendale College Tuesday afternoon at the Pershing Park Courts.

The Vaqueros dominated along the line in both their singles and doubles matches for the second time against Glendale this season, winning 8-1 in both. Glendale’s John Robertson proved impossible to beat for the Vaqueros, recording Glendale’s only point in both games. He defeated Andrew Tufenkian earlier this season and on Tuesday he edged past Ryan Chung.

“This is the best team I’ve ever been on, from the start it’s been an incredible experience,” sophomore Sasha Hedburg said as he stood on court number one in a white and red Vaqueros jersey for the last time.

Hedburg showed his desire to win once more today as he recovered in the first set from an early break of his serve. He recovered from a 2-0 deficit to win it back to 6-2.

“I always had faith that I was going to come back, I never have doubt in my game,” Hedburg said. “I just play my shots with the confidence that I will win and the thought that as long as I go for it, it’ll work out.”

Hedberg served his way to victory in the final set with seven aces and a 6-0 victory in the second set.

Tufenkian recorded two well earned and hard fought victories today against his Glendale opposition in both the singles and the doubles.

Tufenkian had a match today against a Glendale opponent that he lost to earlier this year.

“I think I was serving really well, I found my rhythm,” Tufenkian said. “I like to return big serves, use their pace against them.”

Tufenkian said he owed his singles victory to his assistant coach Michael Michelson who assured him after he lost the vital first set.

“He had a tough match,” Michelson said. “He really came alive in the second set, the third set was still tough but he still pulled it of.”

“Our coaches have got us doing a lot of physical training so when we get into long rallies like today I know I’m in very good shape, more so than the opponent,” Hedburg said. “I can go the distance and I don’t have to slow down just because of the training that he makes us put in.”

The Vaqueros will find out if they made the playoffs this Sunday, March 27.