BARSTOW • They call Tiago Serapiao "Chia".
It's a fitting nickname because his total wins continue to grow at an alarming rate.
Serapiao (20-1) notched his 18th, 19th and 20th wins of the season with scores of 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 against Silverado on Tuesday afternoon at the Theris Brown Tennis Courts at Dana Park. The Barstow High School boys tennis team lost the match 11-7.
It wasn't a bad showing for an exchange student playing who wasn't even sure he'd be playing tennis this year.
Win No. 20 came in the most entertaining match of the day when Serapiao defeated Joaquin Enciso, Silverado's No. 1 singles play, 6-2.
The match was closer than the final score indicated but Serapiao was able to gain the advantage at the right times, breaking several deuces. Each point was a battle with both players returning well-placed volleys in front a crowd of their teammates.
"In the beginning it was pretty fun then it got pretty serious," Enciso said. "I gave it my all, and Chia's a really good player. I'd like to play him again."
The fifth set ended with Enciso sprawling to reach a shot at the edge of the court but dropping his racket and Serapiao took a 4-1 lead.
Serapiao is currently the Aztecs No. 2 singles player but in name only. He was bumped down to No. 2 in order to warm up before facing the other team's No. 1 player.
"I was on my game," Serapiao said. "My serve was going, and I was trying to do everything to see what worked and what didn't."
Tennis is his love, but Serapiao said he wasn't sure whether to play or try something new once he moved to Barstow from Brazil. He ultimately chose tennis and is in contention for a Desert Sky League title in the sport. DSL Finals take place on May 8. Serapiao's lone loss came to Burroughs No. 1 singles player Tony Cohoa, which was avenged Friday.
"I didn't know it was going to be like this," Serapiao said. "We heard America's pretty tough because they have a lot of pros. I'm doing better. I'll come back, practice and see what happens."
Barstow's revamped doubles teams came away with four wins Tuesday. The Aztecs reconfigured their lineup in recent weeks. Barstow's No. 2 doubles team of Ryan Haefle and Josh Anderson won two matches on the day.
"We've done a lot shaking up and changing people around," Barstow coach Leah Johnston said. "I think we saw the benefits of that today."
Two JV callups, Galen Miller and Daniel DeVries chipped in a 6-4 win against Silverado's No. 2 doubles team.
Enciso 6-0, 1-6, 6-0; Reutus 6-1, 3-6, 6-4; Brown 6-2, 2-6, 6-0.
Nava-Ob. Chowdhury 6-1, 6-2, 6-0; Durnov-Martinez 7-5, 5-7; Rodriguez-Balderas 4-6; On. Chowdhury-Park 4-6, 6-3; Scurry-Mattingly 4-6.
Lugo 0-6, 1-6, 2-6; Serapiao 6-2, 6-2, 6-1; Han 0-6, 4-6; Musitef 0-6.
Huizenga-Angeles 1-6, 2-6, 0-6; Haefle-Anderson 5-7, 7-5, 6-4; Devries-Miller 6-4, 6-4; 3-6.
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