Vikings defeat Bear Cubs for first time in six years


Madeline Berry

Freshman Garrett Goldman prepares to hit a backhand slice shot against Santa Rosa on March 1, 2016.

Allison Roullier, Senior staff member

Diablo Valley College men’s tennis continued the season with another well deserved win, defeating Santa Rosa 9-0 on Tuesday March 1.

To start off the match, DVC won all three of their double matches, with top two players Garrett Goldman and Mariano Salvador winning an impressive 8-0.

Fellow teammates Sean Austin Miller and Eric Lofquist went on to win their match 8-1, as well as Marvic Domingo and Ricky Leung winning with an unbeaten 8-0.

“I give all the credit to our men’s assistant coach, Jeff Jaymot, who in his third year has put a lot of work into preparing our team for each season,” said Head Coach Jacqueline Ponciano-Babb.

Since this is the first time defeating Santa Rosa in the past six years, the team as a whole has come a long way since the beginning of the season.

“Having a talented group of young men to represent DVC on the tennis courts makes it exciting to coach as well as fun to watch. We instill hard work, competition, consistency and drive into the student-athletes in our tennis program” said Ponciano-Babb.

All of the success in the first half of the day flowed smoothly into the second half, as DVC continued to prevail in the single matches.

“Encouraging them to always compete as though it was match play every day in practice with their teammates will only get them better in the long run.  Each match is important to us because we want everyone on our team to have one another’s back.  An individual win is great but collectively a team win even better,” said Ponciano-Babb

Now 5-2 for the season, DVC’s goal is to focus on keeping this mentality and success in each match for the rest of the season and work towards the Big 8 Championship Tournament, which will lead to qualification for the California Community College Athletic Association State Championship Tournament in Ojai next month.

The Vikings will take on Solano College at home on Tuesday, March 15 at 1 p.m.