W. Tennis: Shorthanded Falcons lose season opener

W. Tennis season opens with loss
W. Tennis season opens with loss

With only four members on this year's Cerritos College women's tennis team will open each of their matches already trailing 3-0 in the team score. The defending state champions found that to be insurmountable in their season opener against host Santa Barbara City College, as they suffered a 6-3 defeat. The Falcons will play their second consecutive match on the road next Thursday when they travel to Fullerton College for a 2:00 p.m. match.

The only returning member of last year's team, Moa Lindstrom (Dragonskolan Elitidrottgymnasium, Sweden), played in the #1 singles and doubles position and earned two of the Falcons team points. In singles play, she defeated Jamaice Buyse, 6-1, 6-2 and also teamed with freshman Alba Gonzalez (Colegio Madre Guadalupe, Venezuela) for an 8-1 doubles victory. Gonzalez, who played in the #2 singles position on the ladder, was extended to a third set, but was defeated by Joice Buyse, 2-6, 6-4, 1-6.

The other team point came in the #3 singles match, as freshman Yesenia Palacios (Long Beach Wilson HS) earned a 6-3, 6-1 victory. She teamed with freshman Selene Bayardo (Long Beach Millikan HS) in doubles play and came up short in an 8-4 score, while Bayaido was defeated in singles action, 1-6, 1-6.

SINGLES
Moa Lindstrom (CERR) def. Jamaica Buyse (SBCC), 6-1, 6-2
Joica Buyse (SBCC) def. Alba Gonzalez (CERR), 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
Yesenia Palacios (CERR) def. Anya Nicolaides (SBCC), 6-3, 6-1
Jule Lauinger (SBCC) def. Selene Bayardo (CERR), 6-1, 6-1
Santa Barbara City win by default
Santa Barbara City win by default

DOUBLES
Moa Lindstrom/Alba Gonzalez (CERR) def. Jamaica Buyse/Joice Buyse (SBCC), 8-1
Anya Nicolaides/Victoria Dafos (SBCC) def. Yesenia Palacios/Selene Bayardo (CERR), 8-4
Jule Lauinger/Maddie Mitchell (SBCC) win by default