Tennis places second in WSC

Rudy Llamas

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The Bakersfield College men’s tennis team has just wrapped up its season with a 14-2 record, placing second in the Western State Conference.

“You couldn’t have asked for more, other than an undefeated season,” said Rob Slaybaugh, men’s tennis coach, who also received coach of the year honors.

It was his third coach of the year award that he has received in his 14 years at BC.

“If it wasn’t for the kids who where playing for me, I wouldn’t have got recognized,” Slaybaugh said.

Team MVP Jimmy Bates led the way to help BC place second to Ventura in the WSC. Four other players were handed all-league honors. Bates and Mike Johns won first team all-league in doubles in the No. 1 position, Slaybaugh said.

Four others players who made second team all league, include Jeff Warnick, Mike Johns, Tim Lynott and Ben Nieto in singles.

In doubles, Jeff Warnick and Janis Taurins made second team all league.

“Pretty much everybody in our conference knows in our eligibillity forms that we send out that are kids are primarily local students,” Slaybaugh said.

“We were able to put a competitive team on the court of local kids that always going to stand out.”

With a mix of players on the team from five different high schools the competition on the team was strong this season

Among the team’s biggest moments was the 6-3 victory over Fresno City in a non- conference match.

“It’s always nice to get a win over a valley opponent,” Slaybaugh said.

Fresno City was the best junior college last year and is among the top five this year, according to Slaybaugh.

This year’s tennis team will lose six players, but Slaybaugh expects to put together another competitive team for next season.

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