Tennis qualifies for state tournament

Marcus Castro, Contributing Editor

The Bakersfield College men’s and women’s tennis teams combined for 10 Ojai State Championship qualifiers.

The BC men have a total of six qualifiers for state. Sammy Ramirez, Andrew Schwartz and Austin Lee are going to state in singles competition. Ramirez made it to the semifinals then lost to Corey Karen of Ventura College. Lee beat Andrew Tufenkian of Santa Barbara City College in order to qualify for state.

Doubles teams Ramirez and Lee, Andrew Schwartz and Brian Yanez, and Kyler Fields and Austin Lux qualified for state as well. They will later compete to see who is going to take the top spot for state.

The BC women have two doubles teams and one singles player advancing to state. Riley Tucker is the sole singles player from the women’s team that qualified for state.

Tucker and Kaylee Defrees and Ashley Guillen and Lucy Cisneros are the two doubles teams to advance to state.

Both the men and women’s teams will be competing in state from April 21-24.

Prior to qualifying, the men’s team competed with Santa Barbara City College where BC lost 2-7.

Matt Wells was the only singles winner for BC (6-1,6-2), and Wells and Christian Curutchague were the only BC doubles team to get a win (9-7).

The BC women also lost to SBCC (1-8). Tucker and Defrees were the sole winners for BC in a doubles match where they won 8-6.

The BC men competed with Ventura College at BC’s last home tennis match of the season where BC lost 2-7.

Ramirez and Lee won their doubles match 9-7, and Curutchague and Wells won their singles match 8-0. There were no BC singles winners.

The BC women also lost to Ventura College with a score of 2-7. Defrees won her singles match 6-1, 6-1, and Cisneros won her singles match 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

There were no BC doubles winners.