The Pirates' men's tennis team ended their Covid-shortened 2021 campaign with a pair of victories Friday in Fresno. VC blanked Modesto and Fresno City in a pair of matches, finishing a challenging year on a high note as Ventura was undefeated against community college competition.
The Pirates' men's tennis team made it close, but could not quite get the victory Wednesday afternoon, falling to Cal Lutheran 5-4 in Thousand Oaks. Ventura had a 4-3 advantage with two singles matches remaining but could not hold on against the NCAA Division III school. VC has now played six matches against all levels of four-year schools this season with the lack of community college competition available due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Although the record might not show it, the 2021 Covid season has been a great experience for the VC men's tennis team. It continued on Friday as the Pirates traveled to take on NCAA Division I foe Fresno State, dropping a pair of matches against the Bulldogs. Ventura has now played four-year schools in five of its six matches this season with limited community college competition available.
After three matches against 4-year schools, the Pirates' men's tennis team finally played another community college team, defeating Mt. San Antonio College 7-2 Thursday in Walnut. Yuya Koide posted two points with wins in No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles with Brodie Sodersten. Eduardo Gorgonio Criscuolo also won a pair of matches at No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles with partner Ethan Wang.
For the second straight day and the third straight match, the Pirates' men's tennis team battled a 4-year school, falling at NCAA Division II Biola University in La Mirada, 7-2. The No. 2 doubles team of Yoya Koide and Ryan Lam earned a point with a 6-4 victory and Lam won his No. 4 singles match 6-2, ret.
With few community college men's tennis programs playing this spring, the Pirates' have turned to a difficult road schedule mainly against 4-year programs. That road continued Thursday as VC (0-2) dropped a 9-0 decision at Azusa Pacific University. Regnar Madarang pushed his opponent in No. 3 singles before falling 7-5, 6-3 and the duo of Yuya Koide and Ryan Lam recorded a 6-3 loss at No. 2 doubles for Ventura.
The Ventura College men's tennis team played their long-awaited 2021 season opener at Westmont College in Montecito on Saturday, falling 6-3 to the NAIA 4-year school. Yoya Koide won his No. 1 singles match to headline the Pirate competitors on the day.
It has been 392 days since the Pirates competed in an intercollegiate contest, but in two days they return. On Saturday April 10 the VC baseball team hosts Cuesta College for a double-header and the Pirates' men's tennis team travels to Westmont College to usher in Ventura College's post-Covid athletic schedule. All 10 of Ventura's spring sports are scheduled to return to competition in the coming weeks, although fans will not be allowed inside venues due to county and state health department restrictions.
After opting out of Spring I season sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) will “opt-in” for the upcoming California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Spring II season. The decision is based on CCCAA COVID-19 guidelines and input from the athletic directors, coaches and athletic staff of Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges. The Spring II season includes men’s and women’s competitive sports and begins April 10. The length of the season varies by sport.
Ventura College Athletics is achieving great success in the classroom and on the field! Please consider participating in the #HaveAHeartforVC fundraising campaign for our student athletes February 14 - 22, 2021!
Student athletes at Ventura College continued to achieve academic honors in the fall 2020 semester with 99 of them earning a spot on VC's Dean's List by posting a 3.5 or better grade point average in 12 or more units. Of those honores, 47 earned perfect 4.0 GPA's signifying all A's in their classes. Meanwhile, 13 of the Pirates' 19 intercollegiate athletic teams achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
After Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the VC Athletic Department is hosting a Day of Giving on Tuesday Dec. 1. The fundraiser conducted through text messaging or online will benefit Pirate Athletics, or any of VC's 19 sports teams. The goal for the day is to have at least 50 individual donors and raise at least $1,000 combined.
Tuesday September 22 was National Voter Registration Day. In conjunction with that day, the Ventura College Athletic Department has paired with the Associated Students of Ventura College to encourage 100 percent voter registration among eligible student athletes and 100 percent registration among VC students. The effort is also encouraging all students to become educated voters and participate in this fall's election.
The Ventura College Athletic Department is proud to announce that Antonio Rosales of the men's tennis team and Michelle Hamm and Raphaella Rosales of the women's cross country/track and field and volleyball/beach volleyball teams, respectively, have been named the Pirates' Scholar Athletes for the 2019-20. All three sophomores finished two years of competition for the orange and black with perfect 4.0 grade point averages in the classroom.
Despite the movement of classes online and the cancellation of most of the spring season, student athletes at Ventura College continued to achieve academically in 2019-20. In the fall, 99 student athletes made the Dean's list, signifying a grade point average of 3.5 or above, while 107 student athletes were honored on the Dean's list in the spring 2020 semester.
The Ventura College Athletic Department is pleased to report that they list 83 student athletes from 2019-20 who are slated to transfer to four-year institutions in the fall, as of August 31. Of those transfers, 60 plan on continuing their athletic careers at their new school, most of them with an athletic scholarship. The transferring student athletes will attend 58 different schools in 26 states around the country.
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association is proud to announce the 2020 Junior College Men ITA Scholar-Athletes and All-Academic Teams. With a team grade point average of 3.26, the Ventura College men's tennis team is one of 16 programs recognized from across the country on the distinguished list. Meanwhile, Dean's List honorees Antonio Rosales, Cody Castro and Yuya Koide were among the 68 individuals recognized by the organization as ITA Scholar Athletes.
The Pirates' men's tennis team has added three more players from the 2020 team to its list of students athletes who will transfer to four-year schools to continue their academic and athletic careers. Sophomores Charles De La Laurencie (Florida National University), Alexandre Campolina (Westcliff University, CA) and Thorben Waldburger (Indiana University East) have all signed scholarship offers this spring, joining Antonio Rosales (Biola University), who committed in the fall.
It is a season whose end will forever be unwritten. The Ventura College men's tennis team was the lone undefeated squad remaining in the state in 2020 when the campaign came to an abrupt end on March 12 due to the coronavirus, and their journey will always be unfinished. But despite that, the 2020 Pirates achieved many great things worthy of recognition and review.
Despite being the lone undefeated team in the state when the coronavirus halted CCCAA athletics across the board on March 12, the Pirates' men's tennis team was ranked No. 3 in the final Oracle/ITA JUCO CCCAA Men’s Team Rankings issued by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Thursday. Ventura (8-0) was ranked behind College of the Desert (6-1) and American River (9-2) in the poll.
Ventura College men's tennis sophomore Antonio Rosales has signed a letter of intent to transfer to Biola University on a scholarship in the fall. Rosales, who is from Quito, Ecuador, has been VC's No. 1 player in singles and doubles for the past two seasons. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Pirates' 2020 campaign was cut short, and all players' year of eligibility was restored by the CCCAA. Rosales could have three years remaining to play with the Eagles, an NCAA Division II school competing in the PacWest Conference.
The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Board of Directors voted unanimously on Thursday that the remainder of the 2020 spring sports season will be canceled, the spring season of competition for approximately 9,500 student-athletes will be restored and face-to-face recruiting and recruiting-related travel is being prohibited immediately but will be re-evaluated next month. Ventura College is a participant in the CCCAA, and the college has moved to all online instruction for the remainder of the spring semester.
In accordance with a directive from the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), Ventura College has indefinitely postponed all spring sports, including nontradtional seasons, due to concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak. The move was voted upon by the CCCAA Board of Directors on Thursday afternoon.
The Ventura College men's tennis team remained undefeated Friday with an 8-1 decision over previously unbeaten San Diego City College at the VC Tennis Center. Yuya Koide continued his energetic play with another love, love victory in No. 6 singles and he paired with Charles De La Laurencie to win in No. 2 doubles, 8-4. Antonio Rosales, Cody Castro, Ryan Lam and De La Laurencie were also double winners for the Pirates (8-0, 5-0), who ar the lone remaining team in Southern California without a loss.
The California Community College Athletic Association has named its team and individual scholar awards for the 2018-19, and Ventura College is once again well represented. The Pirates' men's tennis and women's track and field teams were both named State Scholar Teams for the academic year, and VC's Tatiana Garcia has been named to the State Scholar Athlete Honor Roll. The scholar team honors are Ventura's 38th and 39th awards since the program's inception in 1997-98.
The Ventura College men's tennis team reclaimed the Western State Conference championship with a 9-0 sweep over visiting Glendale on Thursday afternoon. Yuya Koide, who had a golden set earlier this season, lost just five points in his love, love victory in No. 6 singles. Meanwhile Charles De La Laurencie, Ryan Lam and Cody Castro all continued their undefeated seasons in singles play. The title is the 21st overall for the Pirates in program history, their 13th in the past 15 years.
The Pirates' men's tennis team remained undefeated on the year with a resounding 8-1 victory over Santa Barbara City College Tuesday in Santa Barbara. Antonio Rosales led the Pirates (6-0, 4-0) with a two and love win in No. 1 singles after her paired with Cody Castro for an 8-4 win in No. 1 doubles. Castro, Leo Noni and Alexandre Campolina were also double-winners on the day for Ventura.
The VC men's tennis team continued their strong start with a 7-2 victory over visiting Riverside on Tuesday afternoon. The Pirates (5-0, 3-0) won two of three doubles matches before nearly sweeping singles play. Leo Noni (No. 3 singles, No. 3 doubles), Alexandre Campolina (No. 5 singles, No. 3 doubles) and Cody Castro (No. 6 singles, No. 1 doubles) were all double winners for VC on the day.
The VC men's tennis team continued its strong play with a 9-0 sweep at Bakersfield College on Thursday. Playing in his first collegiate singles match, Yuya Koide had a golden set, then lost just two points in winning his No. 6 singles match, love and love. Meanwhile Cody Castro (No. 5 singles), Alexandre Campolina (No. 4 singles) and Charles De La laurencie (No. 1 singles) all blanked their opponents 6-0, 6-0.
The Ventura College men's tennis team made quick work of visiting Saddleback on Tuesday afternoon, sweeping the Gauchos 9-0. After dropping just five games in the three doubles matches, VC (3-0, 2-0) lost just eight games in the six singles contests in the dominant performance. Charles De La Laurencie and Leo Noni both won their singles matches love and love to lead the way for the Pirates.