A Turbulent Week for Women's Tennis

The Santa Monica College women's tennis team began a pivotal week in the 2015 season by falling to Western State Conference rival Santa Barbara City College 5-4 on Tuesday.

The loss dropped the lady Corsairs out of a a three-way-tie for first place, against both Santa Barbara--their opponent for Tuesday--and Glendale, whom they will be seeing Thursday.

The Lady Corsairs, came into the week having won four of their last five team matches, including a shut out of the Antelope Valley Maruauders. The blue and white are 4-3 overall and are 4-2 in the conference.

The Santa Barbara Vaqueros came into Tuesday's match on a five-game winning streak and found revenge on the Corsairs, who had previously defeated the Vaqs when they came to Santa Monica last month.

Both sophomore Izabel Nazdracheva and freshman Mayra Jovich of the Corsairs are so far, as of print, undefeated against the Vaqueros, winning extremely competitive matches in women’s singles and doubles back on February 17th.

Glendale Community College, the Corsair’s opponent on Thursday-- whose mascot is also the Vaqueros--were the last team to defeat the Corsairs before Tuesday's defeat, ending the blue and white's 21-game winning streak on February 19.

Since their last meeting, Glendale are 5-1, including shut outs against Ventura College and Antelope Valley College.

However, the sole loss in that period came against the Santa Barbara Vaqueros.

The Vaqueros are 10-2 overall this season as of 9:00 p.m. Tuesday evening and have won four of their last five team matches by large margins.

When asked asked about how prepared the women feel coming into the big week, Richard Goldenson, head coach of the Corsairs said, “They know they are in control of their destiny and they're working hard to make it happen."

Goldenson also took a moment to praise his team's self-motivation.

"As a coach I couldn't ask for more, but then I didn't have to ask," said Goldenson. "They want it.”

This week will help clear the picture in WSC women's tennis as the Corsairs will face the two teams with whom they shared the lead at the start of the week.

After this two game road trip, the Corsairs will have back to back home rematches against Bakersfield College and Ventura College. SMC defeated the teams on the road 9-0 and 7-2 respectively.

However the Corsairs must first get past the Vaqueros when they meet Thursday on East Mountain St. at 2 p.m.