Lady Gauchos sweep IVC

Photo by: Matt CorkillTeam captain Kelsey Markle came out prepared for her final home match at Saddleback Tuesday winning both her singles and doubles matches.

Photo by: Matt Corkill
Team captain Kelsey Markle came out prepared for her final home match at Saddleback winning both her singles and doubles matches Thursday.

The Saddleback College women’s tennis team swept the season series against the Irvine Valley College Lady Lasers with their victory, 8-1, in their final home match of the season at Saddleback Thursday.

With the victory the Lady Gauchos extended their winning streak to five straight Orange Empire Conference matches. Saddleback swept their singles matches, 6-0, to assure that the streak continued before the doubles even began. Sophomores Melanie Parker, Kiana Hein, Kelsey Markle, Alayna Monteilh, and Kayta O’Neill all played exceptionally well winning all but a solitary doubles match. Sophomore Lindsey Ostrander had the stand out performance today when she handed the IVC #6 her first loss of the season.

“I’m pretty happy with two wins today,” team captain Kelsey Markle said following her doubles victory, 8-4. “We lost the first time against IVC so we came out strong and confident by being active at the net and knowing which shots to go for when we had our chances.”

For a few sophomores, like Markle, it was their last home match for the Lady Gauchos.

“I’ve been working hard for two years to finish and transfer to Chapman hopefully and continue playing tennis,” Markle said when head coach Amos reminded her it was her last match on campus. “I’ve advanced academically and I’ve taken my tennis game to a new level. I’ve made a lot of really good friends here, especially with the tennis girls that I know I’ll be close with forever.”

“It was a good win today,” head coach Jay Amos said following the win. “I like that we didn’t pull away from the challenges today, we stepped up to them and if they can beat us while we’re doing that, then my hat is off to them.”

Saddleback (10-4, 5-2) is away for the remaining three matches of the season playing next at Fullerton (11-1, 5-0) in a critical OEC match on Tuesday at 2 p.m.