A little bit of sprinkles that caused delays couldn’t dampen the first day at the 113th playing of The Ojai Tennis Tournament as the first California Community College Athletic Association state champions were crowned for the first time at The Ojai.
The Fresno City men held off a game Ventura College team as the Rams won their 40th consecutive match and third straight state team title in a row with a 5-1 victory. The match started in Ventura, was moved to the Ojai Valley Athletic Club because of wet courts, then moved back to Ventura when sprinkles made it unplayable in Ojai.
The Fullerton College women’s team won its first women’s championship played at the Oxnard Tennis Center with a dramatic 5-4 comeback victory as Victoria Vo won the deciding match after being down 4-0 in the first set, 6-4, 6-0.
Up at Libbey Park the Pac-12 men’s dual match action kicked off with Washington eliminating Arizona, 4-0, and then Utah pulling it out against Oregon, 4-3, after a lengthy rain delay with the match ultimately finishing well into the evening.
The men’s matches continue on Thursday with Washington taking on Stanford at 11 a.m. and Cal taking on Utah at 2 p.m.
Two Cal players hold down the top seedings with Zsofia Susanyi and last year’s finalist Anett Schutting the No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.
The Men’s Open matches begin at the Ojai Valley Inn with defending champion and top-seeded Artem Sitak taking on Collin Altamirano of Yuba City at 11 a.m. Click here for the draw and schedule.
Two-time Boys’ CIF champion and future UCLA Bruin Gage Brymer of Irvine-University High will attempt to be the first player since Bobby Riggs (1934-36) to win three consecutive interscholastic titles in a division that began in 1899 when he takes on Blaine Mengert of Orange Lutheran in the first round at 8 a.m. Thursday morning at Libbey Park.