Gauchos buzz past Hornets

Sophomore Bailey Donine remains undefeated in doubles play this season.
Sophomore Bailey Donine remains undefeated in doubles play this season.

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.

Doubles:

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

 Singles:

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