Tennis team falls just short of the top as they tie with Glendale 3-3

Ariel Lassiter

The Pierce College tennis team fought hard as they competed in a tennis match against Glendale Community College.

The match ended in a tie, with three sets out of six won on Friday.

“We need to win this match so we can be top two in the conference,” said Vinnie Amore, eigth in singles.

“We feel pretty confident, it’s the first game against (Glendale), so I feel the usual butterflies,” said singles player Jon Lexa. “This will be our first look at Glendale this conference period and we are going in with good spirits.”

Coach Rajeev Datt encourages his players to warm up before the match by working their arms and legs out, in order to prevent any premature injuries due to unstretched muscles.

“I have a great set of players this season,” said Rajeev. “I’m quite happy and proud of my guys. I’m a little surprised that we dropped three matches – I really expected a clean sweep.”

“I think the Glendale guys had a bit of the wind escape from their sails after their number one got injured. Pierce swept the match pretty easily,” Rajeev said.

“I am having a lot of fun with this crop of players and I look forward to the rest of the conference this season,” he continued.

This seasonopened with a win, in a match against Santa Barbara City College Feb. 26, 6-3.

This was followed by a win against Allan Hancock College on Feb. 28, 1-0.

The team took a loss to Ventura College March 4, ending 9-0.

Pierce’s next match is a makeup for its Feb. 21 match against Bakersfield, and will take place March 18.

Mark Lewin dives for a volley during a doubles match against Glendale. ()