Falling, 7-5, 6-3, in a grueling contest, the No. 1-seeded Surabi
never made it to the final.
But neither did Verabyou.
Verabyou, suffering from cramps himself, was so worn out from his
match against Surabi, that the freshman had to default the
championship because he was in no condition to play.
Surabi -- a Burbank High graduate -- has beaten up and battered
the majority of opponents he has faced this season as a standout for
the Vaqueros. With a powerful serve and an accomplished baseline
game, Surabi has emerged as the most dangerous opponent in the
conference, as well as one of the better community college players in
"Shara was up, 5-3, in the first set against Dimitri and he was
rolling along," GCC men's Coach Bob McKay said.
"But through the next four games, Dimitri made very few mistakes.
It wasn't that Shara blew it, it just got to the point that there was
just no holes in Dimitri's game.
"The match took a lot out of Shara, but it also took a lot out of
Dimitri, because he couldn't walk after the match."
A modest player with an even temper, Surabi is quick to credit
Verabyou on a fine effort.
"It was a very long, tough match," Surabi said. "On some points,
the ball went over the net 30 or more times before one of us won the
"He played very smart and he kept me from playing my game. He
didn't miss much."
Although Surabi, 19, failed to win the singles title, he didn't
come away from the conference competition empty-handed. He recovered
from his singles defeat to team up with freshman Gevork Kirakosian to
capture the doubles championship.
In the doubles final, the Vaquero duo downed Sean McCullough and
Sean Callaghan of Ventura, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.
The win earned the GCC pair a place in Thursday's Southern
California Regionals at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.
However, before the regionals, Surabi and Kirakosian, along with
teammates Roland Nazarian -- a Burbank grad -- and Eric Ho, have been
taking part in the 103rd annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament that
To no one's surprise, Surabi remains in the hunt in the men's