Rob Diamond, Juan Arteaga and four others won singles matches in straight sets as the undefeated Ventura College men's tennis team turned back Santa Barbara City, 8-1, Thursday afternoon to clinch its ninth Western State Conference title in 10 years.
Diamond, the sophomore from Thousand Oaks High, beat Nikolay Ivanov at No. 1 singles 6-4, 6-4 as the Pirates (14-0, 8-0) swept all six singles matches. The doubles teams of Thomas Millet-Romaine Scipione and Juan Arteaga-Pedro Arteaga won 9-8 and 8-2, respectively.
Ventura will open the postseason Tuesday by hosting a Southern California quarterfinal match at 2 p.m.