By Michael Zavala
Sometimes a break from the action is just what a team needs.The
men’s tennis team (7-6) sprang back into action last week with a
momentum-building 9-0 win against Bethany College of Kansas that
came after it rested up during finals week and spring break.
“They were a little bit rusty, so it was a good match to work
off that rust before our big matches coming up,” said head coach
Sandy Kriezel. “I’m happy with the results. We did what we needed
to do to win.”
The Broncos are ranked sixth in the West Region in the first
NCAA Division II Regional Rankings. A win against undefeated Hawaii
Pacific assures them a spot in the playoffs, but beating the Sea
Warriors will be a tall order because Hawaii Pacific is 14-0 as of
The biggest benefit Cal Poly received from the two-week break is
that it is now back to full strength. Sophomore Joe Madoo, who had
missed five matches due to an ankle injury suffered against
Occidental March 1, stepped back into the lineup against Bethany
and played solid tennis during his singles and doubles matches.
“Having Joe back is huge,” said Kriezel.
The doubles matches were where the Broncos worked off the rust
acquired during their extended break.
The No. 1 team of Madoo and senior Mike Palacio defeated Mitch
DeJong and Brad Biteau, 8-4. In the No. 2 match, sophomore Joshua
Lau and junior Jeffrey Vachirajongkol beat Jose Garcia and Jon
The No. 3 match was the most competitive of the day. Junior Eric
Carlstrom and freshman Salvador Romero played a long match against
Adam Hambleton and Rogeiro Yamamoto that needed to go to a
tiebreaker to be decided, but they pulled out the victory, 9-8
Cal Poly then hit its stride in singles action.
Lau won against DeJong in the No. 1 match, 6-1, 6-2. In the No.
2 match, Romero defeated Hambleton, 6-1, 6-2.Madoo made short work
of Yamamoto in the No. 3 match, winning, 6-1, 6-0. Palacio followed
suit in the No. 4 match, defeating Biteau, 6-1, 6-2.
In the No. 5 match, Jeffrey Vachirajongkol won against
Fryerherm, 6-0, 6-4, while junior Jackie Vachirajongkol defeated
Garcia, 6-1, 6-1.
For the first time in three years, the Broncos are contending
for the playoffs. It has been a big leap for the team, but for it
to continue on its path, Kriezel said Cal Poly does not have to
make any substantial changes.
“We need to compete well and play at a high level,” said
Kriezel. “We don’t need to do anything differently than we’re doing
right now. We just need to do it well.”
Kriezel sees no problem with the ability of her athletes to rise
to the occasion.
“For athletes, when it matters, that’s when they play best,”
said Kriezel. “Right now we’re right where we want to be. We just
need to go out and play tough. I think we’ll be fine, but time will
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