Defending champ Irvine Valley faces American River for men's state title

Irvine Valley College men's tennis
Irvine Valley College men's tennis

Championship bracket

By Dave Loveton
Santa Barbara City College Sports Information

VENTURA, Calif. -
Irvine Valley hopes to complete a perfect season with its third straight CCCAA State Dual Team Men's Tennis Championship and the opponent is familiar.

The Lasers, the No. 1 seed from the South, will battle American River, the No. 1 team from the North, for the second straight year in the final. They'll clash on Wednesday, April 26 at the Pierpont Racquet Club in Ventura with the first serve at 1 p.m.

This is the fourth straight trip to the State final for Irvine Valley, which is led by defending state singles champion Javier Callejo. American River  won a state title in 1966.

IVC beat ARC 5-1 to win last year's state trophy at Ventura College.

Irvine Valley is 18-0 this year and 74-6 in the last four seasons. They have a 34-match winning streak and they're 57-3 in the last three years with all three losses coming to four-year schools. They have a 57-match win streak vs. Community College teams.

IVC won its fourth straight Orange Empire Conference title with a 10-0 record. They blanked No. 8 San Diego City 5-0 and No. 5 Saddleback 5-0 to open the Southern Cal Regional, then beat OEC runner-up and No. 3 Cypress 5-2 in the final.

Callejo, a sophomore from Madrid, Spain, is a top singles player along with Wyatt DeMulling and Lucas Lesoeur.

American River is 17-1 with a seven-match win streak. They claimed their seventh straight Big 8 North title with a 7-0 record. Coach Bo Jabery-Madison is 180-30 in his 13th season.

The Beavers cruised to three wins in the Northern Cal Regional, beating No. 8 Modesto 9-0, No. 3 De Anza 5-0 and No. 2 Foothill 5-1.

ARC is led by Tam Duong (12-1 in singles) and Cody Duong (12-2). Michael Vizcarra  is 14-2 in singles. The pair is 16-1 in doubles with their only loss coming to a ranked team from George Fox, a four-year school in Oregon.