Three Renegades make their way to regionals

Tyler McGinty, Reporter

Bakersfield College’s women’s tennis team may be done with their season, but some of the individual members are still in the running.

On April 15 and 16, BC sent eight members of its team to the Western State Conference Individual Tournament to compete. The eight players played in singles rounds as well as part of a doubles team, giving BC a total of 16 chances to make it to the regional tournament. In order to make it to the regional tournament, a player or doubles team must make it to the quarterfinals.

Out of these 16 chances, three of them made it.

Denisa Hromadkova got to the quarterfinals in the singles competitions, as well as in the doubles competitions with Stevie Lincoln. BC’s other representative at the regional tournament is the doubles team Katja Thacker and Kasandra Beadle.

Hromadkova took a bye in the first round, and played against Anna Slyutova of Santa Barbara City College in the second round. Hromadkova defeated Slyutova 7-5, 6-3.

Hromadkova made her way to the quarterfinals by defeating Hanna Satcher of Santa Monica College 6-2, 6-3. This was her last match, and guaranteed Hromadkova a spot at the regional tournament.

Hromadkova earned another spot at the regional tournament with her doubles partner, Lincoln.

Hromadkova and Lincoln also had a first round bye, and played their only match against Katy Carlson and Victoria Ramirez from Allan Hancock, defeating them 6-0, 6-1.

Thacker and Beadle, like all of the BC representatives at the regional tournament, had a first round bye, and played their only match against Jessica Hinds and Katie Power of Ventura College. Thacker and Beadle won their sets 7-5, 6-2.

The other BC representatives at the tournament were not quite able to make their way into the quarterfinals.

Jaylene Chan lost her second round match against Criss Rodriguez from Santa Monica, one of the top seeds of the conference, 6-1, 6-0. Her sister, Jennifer Chan lost her first round match against Carolyn Morris from Ventura 6-1, 6-0.

Lincoln, although making her way into the regional tournament as a doubles team with Hromadkova, lost her third singles match against Katerina Mozolyuk from Santa Monica 6-0, 6-0.

Thacker and Beadle also didn’t make their way into the regional tournament on their own in singles matches, even though as a team they were able to enter the regional tournament.

Thacker lost in her second round against Jutta Collet from Santa Monica 6-2, 6-3 and Beadle was defeated in her second round by Niccolette Yvanovich of Santa Barbara 6-0, 6-0.

Jacquelinee Prieto was defeated in her second round by Layne Gallimore of Ventura, 6-0, 6-0.

Katheryn Burford was also defeated in the second round by Sevana  Zargarian of Glendale College 6-1, 6-1.

Even though all four singles matches got a first round bye, two of the doubles teams lost on their second round.

The team of Chan and Chan lost against Gallimore and Ariel Bergthold of Ventura 6-0, 6-0 and Burford and Prieto lost against Zargarian and Samantha Sismundo of Glendale 6-1, 6-1.

Since everyone who makes it to the quarterfinals advances to the regional tournament, they do not play the quarterfinal matches. This is done in order to prevent any chance of injuries and to conserve energy for the regional tournament, according to Coach Gene Lundquist.

The Southern California Regional Tournament will be held May 5-7 at Grossmont College in Le Mesa.

In addition to the Western State Conference Individual Tournament, the team also sent three representatives to the 111th Ojai Tournament, which was held April 28 to May 1.

The Ojai Tournament has 128 contestants and has players from schools all across the state.

BC sent Hromadkova, Beadle and Lincoln to represent them in the tournament.

Beadle lost in her first round against Tori Bohart from Palomar College 6-3, 6-1.

Lincoln was defeated her second round by Lauren Shafer of American River College 3-6, 6-2, with a 10-6 tiebreaker.

Hromdakova once again had a bye in her first round of the tournament, and faced off against Jordan Belisle from Mission College in the second round. Hromdakova won her first match of the tournament 6-0, 6-1. Hromdakova played her third match against Gabby Fortunata from San Diego Mesa, beating her 6-2, 6-2.

Hromadkova got her last victory against Tina Voung of Irvine Valley College, the fith ranked player in Southern California. Hromadkova defeated her 7-6 (with a 7-1 in the tiebreaker), 6-0. Hromdakova was able to make it to the quarterfinals, but lost in the fifth round against Kelsey Chrisco 7-6, 7-4, 6-3.