Gauchos swat Chargers to climb into first place

Melkonian dominated play at No. 1 singles
Melkonian dominated play at No. 1 singles

The Saddleback women's tennis team won its third straight match on Tuesday with a 7-2 victory over Cypress College at the Saddleback Courts.  The Gauchos closed out the Chargers before heading to doubles matches.

Saddleback made a statement at the top of the lineup when Jacklyn Melkonian streaked past Andrea Velasco for a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles.  Melkonian then teamed with Joanna Colin for a 9-8 win at No. 1 doubles as the top four Gauchos in the lineup all won two matches on the day.

Dominique Willette also had a big day, winning 6-0, 6-2 over Tiana Cung at No. 2 singles before teaming with Kristina Parks for an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles. 

Saddleback is now 7-3 overall and 3-1 in Orange Empire Conference play with a rugged conference schedule upcoming.  The Gauchos are now tied for first place in Orange Empire Conference play after Irvine Valley was defeated by Riverside, 5-4, on Tuesday.  The Gauchos and Lasers will meet on Thursday at the Saddleback Courts with a piece of first place riding on the line.  Match time for Saddleback and IVC is scheduled for 2:00 PM. 

Singles

1.    Jacklyn Melkonian (SC) def. Andrea Velasco (CC) 6-0, 6-0
2.    Dominique Willette (SC) def.  Tiana Cung (CC) 6-0, 6-2
3.    Joanna Colin (SC) def. Alyaha Soriano (CC) 6-2, 6-2
4.    Kristina Parks (SC) def.  Kristen Ojedo (CC) 7-5, 7-6 (5)
5.    Maria Battel (SC) def. Candace Ngai (CC) 6-3, 6-2
6.    Khahn Duong (CC) def. Chloe Fahimian (SC) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles

1.    Melkonian & Colin (SC) def. Cung & Soriano (CC) 9-8 (1)
2.    Willette & Parks (SC) def. Velasco & Ojeda (CC) 8-2
3.    Ngai & Duaog (CC) def.   Battel & Abril Marziali  (SC) 8-6