Early exit for tennis teams at state

Marcus Castro, Contributing Editor

Bakersfield College tennis teams competed in state competition where they did not make it too far.

The state tournament was held in Ojai on April 21-24.

BC men’s tennis team had three singles players in the state competition where only one had a winning match.

Austin Lee of BC won his first match against Trevor Samuda of Chabot College 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. Lee went on to lose to No. 7 seed Nikita Katnelson of Cerritos College.

Sammy Ramirez of BC lost his singles match to No. 9 seed Braden Holt of Foothill College. Andrew Schwartz lost his singles match as well. He lost to No. 11 seed Agustin Lombardi of Cerritos College.

Lee and Ramirez also competed as a doubles team in state where they won their first match against No. 14 seed pairing of Tom Geaney and Nick Reiley of Modesto College 6-0, 6-0. Lee and Ramirez went on to lose to the eventual state champions, Bruno Figlia and Scott Paz of Irvine Valley College.

BC’s Austin Lux and Kyler Fields won their doubles match against Joshua Frazier and Abiel Lacandazon of Consumnes River College 6-1, 6-1. Lux and Fields went on to lose to eventual state finalists Sam Cohen and Javi Velasco of Irvine Valley. Schwartz and Brian Yanez of BC lost their only doubles match against Charlie Stephens and Mario Figueroa of Imperial Valley College.

The BC women’s team’s Riley Tucker was the only singles player for the women’s team. Tucker won her first match against Samantha Perez of Irvine Valley 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. She went on to lose to No. 9 seed Raquel Gonzales of Fresno City College.

Tucker and Kaylee Defrees won their first doubles match against O’Hara Cooper and Taylor Fox of Sierra College 6-1, 6-1. Tucker and Defrees went on to lose to the eventual No. 1 seed state semi-finalists Parker Pilati and Vanessa Teves of Modesto College. Brittney Aguilar and Ashley Guillen of BC lost their only match to Kaitlynn Mayfeild and Monica Pool of Modesto College.