The Saddleback women's tennis team cruised to a 6-3 win at Fullerton College on Tuesday in Fullerton. The Gauchos remain in fourth place after the win.
Saddleback was trying to break a two-game losing streak heading into Tuesday and needed a win to keep its slim playoff hopes alive. The Gauchos responded with a solid win at Fullerton, winning two marathon matches to topple the Hornets.
Saddleback won 2-of-3 doubles matches to start as Jacklyn Melkonian and Kristina Parks battled to an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles and Bailey Donine and Sydney Page slipped past their opponents at No. 3 doubles, 8-6.
Saddleback would need to win three matches at singles play to win the team match and two of them looked easy with Melkonian dominating her match against Delaney Ashe (6-0, 6-1) and Donine cruising past Bree Lovering 6-3, 6-0. The final two wins weren't as easy as both Kristina Parks and Abril Marziali battled back from identical 1-6 losses in the opening set to win their respective matches in three sets. Parks totally flipped the script with 6-2 and 6-0 wins in the final two sets, but Marziali was pressed into a long match when she battled to a 7-5 win in set two before wearing down Kim La in the third set, 6-2.
Saddleback (6-8, 3-5) will have the rest of the week off before hosting their final home match of the regular season next Tuesday against Cypress College (0-13, 0-8). Match time is scheduled for 2:00 PM at the Saddleback Tennis Complex.
1. Jacklyn Melkonian & Kristina Parks (SC) def. Delaney Ashe & Bree Lovering (FC) 8-5
2. Scott & Kim La (FC) def. Abril Marziali & Kimiya Ataiyan (SC) 8-0
3. Bailey Donine & Sydney Page (SC) def. Lael Cardinal & Mayumi Okubo (FC) 8-6
1. Jacklyn Melkonian (SC) def. Delaney Ashe (FC) 6-0, 6-1
2. Kristina Parks (SC) def. Scott (FC) 1-6, 6-2, 6-0
3. Bailey Donine (SC) def. Bree Lovering (FC) 6-3, 6-0
4. Mayumi Okubo (FC) def. Sydney Page (SC) 7-6, 6-0
5. Abril Marziali (SC) def. Kim La (FC) 1-6, 7-5, 6-2
6. Lael Cardinal (FC) def. Kimiya Ataiyan (SC) 6-1, 6-0