Mens’ Tennis shows huge improvement in loss to Rubidoux, 9-5

Team gains confidence as they win first sets of the season

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Jeremy Ortega

The mens’ tennis team is growing. This photo is from the canceled match against Indian Wells on Feb. 22.

Riverside, CA—In the wake of Tuesday’s canceled match against Indian Springs due to rain, the Yellowjackets mens’ tennis team took to the road for their second match of the season yesterday, traveling to Rubidoux High to face off with the Falcons. The Falcons took the match, 9 sets to 5.

Sophomore Adrian Colunga had his best performance of the young season so far, winning two of his sets, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. Sophomore Andrew Diaz also won a set, 7-5, 3-6, 1-6. And junior Myles Garza, getting his first play of the season on the singles side, hustled all over the court, but came up short 1-6, 0-6, 5-7.

The two qualifying doubles teams also won sets. As with the match against Indian Springs, head coach Omar Menjivar mixed-and-matched his teams, still giving the players opportunity to learn how to play together. Anthony Castellanos and Jordan Dubon took their first set, 7-5. Then Dubon paired with Angel Orellana to take their second set, 6-2.

Since their first match of the season, Colton has added new players to the squad, and brought eight to Rubidoux. Since the Falcons only had seven players, one of Colton’s players had to sit, and both teams had to forfeit sets between third-seed doubles’ pairs.

Menjivar was excited about the improvement he saw from his team. “I see our men’s tennis feeling more comfortable out there in the tennis courts and gaining confidence with each point.”

The mens’ tennis team returns to their home court next Tuesday for a Mar. 1 showdown against crosstown rival, Grand Terrace High School. Match starts at 3:15 p.m. on the tennis courts.