Saddleback's men's tennis team was able to finish the regular-season dual-team schedule on a positive note, defeating visiting El Camino College 5-4 to earn the Gauchos' first victory on the home courts this season. The other victories have come on the road this season.
The victory also snaps a 10-match skid by the Gauchos, the longest non-winning streak in school history. Eemaun Latifi (pictured) won his No. 1 singles match, needing a tiebreaker to clinch the second set (6-3, 7-6) and Tyler Woodward had two close sets but won at No. 2 singles (7-5, 7-5). The duo then combined their skills to post a 9-8 victory in doubles (7-5 in the tiebreaker), bouncing back after down a break to win the match for the team. Andrew Ramirez also posted a singles victory for the Gauchos at No. 4, needing three sets to get the victory (6-1, 3-6, 6-3) and Daniel Rodriguez picked up his first victory of the year by edging his opponent at No. 6 singles (6-4, 6-3).
Saddleback concludes the season at 3-13 overall.
The men's tennis team fell to Fullerton 6-3 in a conference match on the Hornets courts, falling to 2-9 overall and 0-6 in conference play.
Eemaun Latifi posted a tight 7-6, 7-5 victory at No. 1 singles for the Gauchos and Tyler Woodward won at No. 2 singles when his opponent defaulted in the third set after trailing 3-2. Latifi and Woodward then teamed together to post a win at No. 1 doubles to account for all of Saddleback's points.
Saddleback dropped a tight 5-4 decision to Fullerton on Thursday in an important Orange Empire Conference men's tennis match.
Playing on its home courts, Saddleback split the singles competition by winning the top three matches as Sosa Amadin won 6-0, 7-5 at the top spot, Eemaun Latifi won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, and Tyler Woodward posted a 6-1, 6-2 triumph at No. 3. Although coach Bud Davis was expecting to win at least three singles matches, he wasn't sure which singles players would come through against the Hornets.
In doubles action, Amadin and Latifi posted an 8-2 pro-set victory at No. 1 doubles before Fullerton tied the match by taking the No. 2 doubles set. The No. 3 doubles set was tied at 8-8 and went into a 12-point tiebreaker, which was won by Fullerton 7-5 to win the set and the match.
Saddleback (2-4) will travel to Irvine Valley on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
New tennis coach Bud Davis was able to secure his first victory as the Gauchos posted a 5-4 triumph over Bakersfield on the road at the Renegades' home courts.
Davis, who took over the tennis program from Alec Horton this season, saw his team win the match in doubles after the singles competition ended in a 3-3 draw. Saddleback's top doubles team of Sosa Amadin and Eemaun Latifi defeated James Griffin and Matt Booth, 8-3, and Saddleback's No. 3 doubles team of Tyler Woodward and Jonathan Tran downed Bakersfield's third doubles team, 8-2.
Amadin won his singles match in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) while No. 4 Andrew Ramirez and No. 5 Ryan Roeder both battled back from being a set down to edge their opponents in three sets. Ramirez won 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, while Roeder won 3-6, 7-6, 6-2.
Saddleback (1-2) will travel to Palomar on Thursday.