Lady Gauchos cruise past Cypress

Photo by: Matt Corkill Alayna Monteilh, sophomore, locks in before the point late in Saddlebacks victory against Cypress, 8-1, on Tuesday.

Photo by: Matt Corkill
Alayna Monteilh, sophomore, locks in before a point late in Saddleback’s victory against Cypress, 8-1, on Tuesday.

Saddleback women’s tennis team extended their winning streak to four matches with their victory against Cypress College, 8-1, at home on Tuesday.

The Lady Gauchos came out ready to play against a struggling Charger squad. Although Cypress is winless on the season, the Saddleback women were not ready to take them lightly as they only dropped a solitary singles match. Sophomore Alayna Monteilh led the Gauchos with a victory in both her singles and doubles matches. Freshman Brianna Garrett stepped up as a substitute in her doubles match with Monteilh and did not disappoint as the pair seemed as if they had been together for years.

“I think we all played really well today as a team,” Alayna Monteilh, sophomore business and journalism major, said. “For our match on Thursday I think I need to be more consistent and work on my serve.”

Since the Saddleback loss to Orange Coast College on February 25, the women’s tennis team have won four straight OEC matches to climb to third place in the standings with their 4-2 record behind Fullerton (5-0) and OCC (4-1). With only four matches left in the season, the next week of play will determine the Lady Gaucho’s playoff ranking, making it vital for each member of the team stay focused.

“Overall I was pleased with the day and I have no real complaints,” head coach Jay Amos said following the victory. “We’re constantly working on playing better tennis tactic wise, get those big returns, get in to control the net and we’ll be ready to play.”

The Lady Gauchos (9-4, 4-2) play next against Irvine Valley (2-8, 1-5) at home on Thursday at 2 p.m.