Men’s Tennis brawl results in Gaucho loss

Photo by Quinn Mahony Ethan Muyskens returns a serve in his singles match against L.A. Pierce's Daviel Aruthanyan

Ethan Muyskens returns a serve in his singles match against L.A. Pierce’s Daviel Aruthanyan (Photo: Quinn Mahony)

The Saddleback Gaucho Men’s Tennis team lost in their March 7 home match against L.A. Pierce College a 5-4 final score. Coming into the match off two loses, the Gauchos looked to break their cold streak.

The match started with the singles games. Saddleback’s Ryan Mariano, Robert Wall and Muhammad Raza winning their matches with scores of (7-6)(6-3), (6-0)(6-2), and (4-6)(6-3)(6-3) respectively.

Whereas Saddleback’s Jonathan Pulido, Jeffery Geiman and Ethan Muyskens lost their matches with scores of (6-0)(6-0), (7-5)(6-7)(7-4)(1-6), and (6-7)(1-7)(2-6) respectively, tied up the match moving into the doubles matches.

An altercation broke out during the doubles match on court one between Pulido and the two Pierce players, Sergey Arushanyan and Thales Castro, resulting in Pulido being taken to the hospital for a gash on his forehead. The fight was caused by confusion on both sides over the line calls being made.

“He [Pulido] was giving an attitude the whole time,” said Arushanyan. “He was the one who finally crossed the net and came after us.”

The match was called DEF and Peirce was awarded the victory for the doubles match.

The doubles scores pushed L.A. Pierce out ahead of the gauchos to eventually win the match with a overall score of (4-5) and a gaucho loss on the season. Moving their win-loss ratio to a 6-6 over the season.

The next men’s tennis match will be held at Irvine Valley College this Thursday at 2 p.m.