Lady Corsairs Tennis Team Dominates on the Court Against Bakersfield College Runners
The women's tennis team has been on quite a tear early on in the season, reeling off four straight wins and finishing off the last two victims without losing a set. Bakersfield College fell prey to the Lady Corsairs' recent streak, as SMC dominated the Runners en route to a straight-set, 9-0 victory.
Despite a relatively sparse crowd at Reed Park, the energy from the fans was undeniable as they relentlessly rooted on the home-team Corsairs. SMC fed off of the electric atmosphere as they prepped themselves for a face-off against the Bakersfield Runners.
The contest began with six singles matches, as each bout was played simultaneously on the available courts. With all parameters set in place, the Lady Corsairs finished up their individual warm-ups and readied themselves for the opening serves as they commenced a performance that would be nothing short of dominant.
The SMC women took Bakersfield College by storm, as each Lady Corsair took down their opponent without losing a set. Each player's performance was so impressive that singling out a specific star for Santa Monica would be nearly impossible.
"All eleven players on this year's team are standouts which is great because a team of one isn't enough to win a match, but a team that is "one" and is united wins matches," said head coach Richard Goldenson.
With the singles matches over with, the Lady Corsairs transitioned into doubles play. SMC teamed up Anastasia Eliseeva with Tiana Lauritzen, Jutta Collet with Kim Penez, and Alix Thomas with Gwendolyn Kauffman, as they geared up for three doubles matches against the Runners. To no one's surprise, the results mirrored the singles outcome that occurred just moments earlier, with SMC convincingly winning all three matches.
The commanding victories in both singles and doubles competition impressed even Goldenson. "The team excels in both singles and doubles, which is rare," he said. "This team has the ability to beat anyone, and if they can maintain the high degree of teamwork they have thus far, anything is possible this season."
With the Bakersfield victory now in the rear-view mirror, the Lady
Corsairs set their sights on the undefeated Santa Barbara Vaqueros, as they look to continue their impressive 5-game winning streak. Santa Monica plays Santa Barbara College at their home field of Reed Park on Tuesday, March 9, at 1 p.m.