Gauchos grind out win against OCC

Gauchos grind out win against OCC

The Saddleback women's tennis team picked up a big win on Thursday with a 5-4 victory over Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.  The win keeps the Gauchos in a tie for second place in conference play.

With Irvine Valley leading the conference standings, Saddleback and Orange Coast faced off in a tight battle on Thursday with the winner remaining in a tie for second place.  The match was every bit as tight as the standings, with the Gauchos holding on for a narrow 5-4 win.

Key performances were turned in by Dominique Willette and Kristina Parks, who ended up closing out the team match when they teamed at No. 2 doubles for an 8-3 win.  Both had won singles matches earlier in the day as Willette won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 singles and Parks won a marathon, three-set match at No. 4 singles (6-4, 4-6, 6-3).

Saddleback also had wins at No. 3 singles with Joanna Colin making quick work with a 6-1, 6-2 win and Maria Battel cruising to a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 5 singles. 

Saddleback will play against when they host Cypress on Tuesday at 2:00 PM


1.    C. Colling (OCC) def. Jacklyn Melkonian (SC) 6-1, 6-1
2.    Dominique Willette (SC) def. K. Trinh (OCC) 6-3, 6-2
3.    Joanna Colin (SC) def. C. Arzaga (OCC) 6-1, 6-2
4.    Kristina Parks (SC) def. J. Taylor (OCC) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
5.    Maria Battel (SC) def. S. Newhall (OCC) 6-1, 6-4
6.    K. Dahlberg (OCC) def. Chloe Fahimian (SC) 6-4, 6-3


1.    Colling & Trinh (OCC) def. Melkonian & Colin (SC) 8-0
2.    Willette & Parks (SC) def. Taylor & Newhall (OCC) 8-3
3.    Arzaga & Dahlberg (OCC) def. Battel & Abril Marziali (SC) 8-0