Gaucho doubles take home hardware

Gaucho doubles take home hardware

The Saddleback women's tennis schedule is winding down and this past weekend the teams from the Orange Empire Conference had their individual and doubles tournament.  Jacklyn Melkonian and Joanna Colin walked away with the conference championship in doubles on Saturday.

Melkonian and Colin were seeded No. 3 in the OEC draw and played the No. 7 seed team of Alexandra Altamirano and Katie Laubie from Fullerton College in the finals.  The Gaucho duo swept past the twosome from Fullerton 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 to capture the OEC title.  Melkonian and Colin defeated a doubles team from Riverside City College in the semifinals, 6-4, 6-3.

Melkonian was busy over the three-day tournament, making it all the way to the semifinals of singles play before falling to Orange Coast's Karen Trinh, who went on to win the conference title.  Melkonian will be joined by Dominique Willette at the state tournament as Willette won the back draw and lost in the round of 16 on Friday. 

Joining Melkonian and Colin at Ojai in the state tournament for doubles will be the tandem of Willette and Kristina Parks, who also qualified.

The state tournament takes place in Ojai starting next Thursday.