BY LEONEL AYALA
Photo courtesy of the COD Athletics . Ana Laura Ochoa almost making a comeback against San Diego at home Feb. 8.
The first men’s tennis game, away, for College of the Desert was on Feb. 9 against Saddleback in Mission Viejo, Calif.
COD tennis player, Andrew Limon, predicted that COD would beat Saddleback, “as long as we stay focused and work as hard as we’re doing now, then we’ll be fine.” COD tennis player, Kryll Kryvchurn was confident after practice and alongside the women’s game as he walked through the court wearing a red and white Canada cape saying, “everyone’s ready and trained up!” Kryvchurn has been playing tennis for four years now and wouldn’t question it with three tennis rackets hanging out of his bag.
The Roadrunners won 6-3 overall. In doubles, Kyryll Kryvchurn and Brian Johnson defeated Ryan Fabre and David Lemus (SADD), 8-1. Kyryll is undefeated in singles play and has held up his rank of 3-0 with score: Kyryll Kryvchurn (COD) Tyler Bloom (SADD) 6-1, 6-1. The following game was against San Diego Mesa on the Feb. 13 and they wracked them out of the court 9-0.
The men won San Diego City 7-2 on Feb. 15 with Kyryll still being undefeated in singles. The men also won 8-1 against Palomar at a home game on Feb. 20.
The women’s team played Imperial Valley, in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, on Feb. 6 with a loss of 7-2.
On Feb. 8 they played at home against San Diego. Ana Laura Ochoa’s presence was known in the second set with nice, smooth swings but only to tie. Final score there was: Allayna Abellana (SDCC) def. Ana Laura Ochoa-Castillo (COD) 4-6, 6-4, (10-8) but was a tribute to hard work and practice that she and the other players have to do on the floor. This was shown in Claudia Stepien’s perfomance, winning in the doubles and singles match. Stepien and Rapan (COD) def. Corpuz and Kathka (SDCC) 8-2. Singles: Claudia Stepien (COD) def. Josah Corpuz (SDCC) 6-0 6-3.
But don’t count out the women’s team just yet, they won San Diego Mesa Feb. 15 8-1, with Ochoa winning in the doubles and singles match. This could be the start of a beautiful comeback.
Holding his ground in the picture up above, in a home game against San Diego City, is Kyryll versus Manuel Cordova with a score of 6-0, 6-2.
The complete tennis schedule can be found at the COD athletics website.