Men's Tennis

Former IVC star tennis player Javier Callejo named All-American

Former IVC star tennis player Javier Callejo named All-American

Former Irvine Valley state champion men's tennis player Javier Callejo continued to shine this year for NAIA William Woods University in Fulton, Mo.

Callejo, a junior, was named first team NAIA All-American, as well as AMC/Heart Conference First Team in both singles and doubles.

He finished the season with a record of 12-4 in singles action. He went 6-1 while playing No. 1 singles, 5-3 playing No. 2 singles and 1-0 at the No. 3 position.

His 12 wins on the season were the second most for the Owls.

Callejo ended up being ranked No. 5 in the nation in singles by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

In doubles action, Callejo and Vleeming Ortiz went 9-2 at the No. 1 position and 3-2 at No. 2 doubles.

They went 12-4 in doubles as a team and had the most double wins on the season. Callejo and Ortiz finished the year ranked No. 5 in the nation.

Callejo also received an award from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

He was named the ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award winner for the central region. He was also named an ITA Player to watch.

Callejo helped William Woods win the AMC/Heart Tournament title, which qualified the squad for the NAIA Men's Tennis National Championships.

At the Nationals, the Owls advanced to the quarterfinals for the second year in a row. The team finished with a record of 16-7 overall.

At Irvine Valley, Callejo helped lead the Lasers to back-to-back California Community College Athletic Association championships and he won two state singles titles in a row, as well as one in doubles.

In 2017, Callejo finished off a Triple Crown with a 6-2, 6-4 CCCAA men's doubles championship with sophomore teammate Lucas Lesoeur at Libbey Park in Ojai.

A few hours earlier, Callejo won the State singles championship with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph.

Callejo and his teammates opened the 117th Ojai Tournament with a 5-1 win in the State Dual Team final over American River, which was the top seed from Northern California.

Callejo, the No. 9 seed, won his second straight state singles title by sweeping No. 6 Vincent Reynaud of Cypress in an All-Orange Empire Conference final. He became the first repeat state champion since Dan Omaboe of Marymount in 1994-95 and only the third back-to-back winner all time.

And Callejo became the first Triple Crown winner since Adriano Biasella of Desert in 2002 and the 10th Triple Crown winner since the State Championships began in 1960.

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