The tennis team continues its winless season, losing 10 straight, after falling to Ventura College at home on Thursday.
Pierce’s Nick Kerhulas and Kiran Dev both played against Ventura’s Evan Gazic, 20 and Guenter Newman, 19 in the top seeded singles matches of the day. Pierce’s Kiran Dev had a tough time during his match in a losing effort. (5-2 Pierce 2-0 Ventura 4-1 Ventura.)
“It was really bad. I wasn’t able to play very well at all,” Dev said
Dev also pointed to a prior shoulder injury as being the key factor of not winning his singles match. Kiran Dev’s shoulder popped during play against Glendale three weeks ago. A shoulder injury or even shoulder weakness can be a huge issue for athletes causing some to search for help from physical therapists, similar to ShoulderMD for their ailments.
“I’m still overcoming a shoulder injury and it was really hard to serve,” Dev said. “The game was both mentally and physically hard for me today.”
He found it hard to serve and hit any overhead shots. Dev felt that he wouldn’t be able to play much better during the doubles match against Ventura.
“ When its doubles its a whole another game, I have my partner there with me and I believe that helps me play better,” Dev said.
Nick Kerhulas, 20 also had some trouble during his singles game. “I had trouble serving during the match.”
“In the first set I couldn’t get my serve in I was focused on the next ball rather than my serve” Kerhulas said. Overall he lost match against Ventura’s Gunter Newman (6-2 ventura 1-0 pierce 4-1 ventura.)
Pierce College losing streak keep going as they lost in both doubles matches against Ventura. Losing the first match (5-0) and also the second match (8-2.)
“It was a very hot day and that also played a factor in today’s game against Ventura, we have the next few weeks off. I think that will give the team a chance to rest and regroup,” coach Long Dao said.
Pierce’s next tennis game is at home on Tuesday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. against El Camino College.