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Tennis routs Allan Hancock College

Kirsten Sharaf / Roundup

The Pierce College tennis team celebrated a comeback yesterday, winning all of its matches against Allan Hancock College, after a devastating round of losses on Tuesday.

The Brahmas swept all six of the singles matches within two sets and won all three doubles matches, with the Bulldogs offering little competition.

“Consistency, patience and aggression,” was assistant coach Jeff Cohen’s response when asked what they worked on in preparation for today’s matches.

Jon Lexa, a 23-year-old cognitive science major and full-time student, won his singles match against Hancock player Anthony Aiello, 21, 6-0 in two sets.

“It always feels good to win,” Lexa said. “I tried to stay loose and not overthink things.”

Freshman Ariel Cohen won his match against Hancock’s Jose Angulo, 22, with a score of 6-0 in his first set and 6-4 in his second.

“We needed to be even more aggressive than we already are, and wear out the other players using our fitness,” Cohen said.

Paul Nguyen, Matias Castro, Logan Feldstein, Tunde Alele and Danny Ferdman also won all of their matches within two sets.

“I think we did great. We won every match. All and all I am pretty happy with them,” head coach Rajeev Datt said about his team’s overall performance.

While the Pierce team was ecstatic with its victory, Hancock’s head coach Jeff Spalinger knows his team has things to improve upon.

“We did not do too bad,” Spalinger said. “I think these guys are a little bit stronger than us, and we have things to go back and work on. We can do better, we can’t do worse.”

The Brahmas are hoping to extend their winning streak Tuesday when they play Ventura College.



Pierce College student Jon Lexa, 23 , majoring in cognitive science, returns a shot during his 6-0, 6-0 win in a home match against Allan Hancock College on Thursday. (Alina Popov / Roundup)

Pierce College student Jon Lexa, returns a shot during the match against Allan Hancock College on Thursday. (Alina Popov / Roundup)

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