Men’s tennis beats Pierce 5-4, women can’t find rhythm

Men’s tennis beats Pierce 5-4, women can’t find rhythm

Mayan Lara

Fabian Cardenas of Bakersfield College serves the ball to his opponent in a Feb. 28, game against Santa Barbara City College. The BC men lost the match 9-0.

Robert Mullen, Reporter

The Bakersfield College women’s tennis team has continued a tough season by taking three losses. Meanwhile, the men’s team continues to struggle but have added another win.

BC women played against Santa Monica College on Feb. 26, losing 8-1, while the men traveled to L.A. Pierce College and won 5-4.

On Feb. 28, both teams played Santa Barbara College, with the men’s team losing 9-0. The women played a closer match but lost 5-4.

“The bottom half singles struggled a little bit. They played well, they just weren’t converting points out of their rally,” said assistant coach Charles Provencio.

March 5 showed similar results, with both teams losing, men 9-0, women 5-4.

Even with these losses, head coach Terri Lynott remains hopeful for the women’s season.

“I look forward to the second round,” Lynott said. “Last year, some of the players, after the first round, felt discouraged, and I feel like this time around, I don’t feel that way. I feel like they’re encouraged to get the opportunity to play these people again, knowing that it’s going to be tough, they’re working hard and they’re working to pull something off.”

The men also showed improvement despite their record.

“I’m really impressed with the guys and how hard they’re playing and they’re taking the toughest teams that there are in junior college tennis. And they’re making them work for it, we’re making them mad a little bit,” said Lynott.

BC men’s tennis will host Pierce College March 19 while the women will travel to Santa Monica College March 19.