Saddleback head coach Jay Amos was selected by his peers as the California Community College Tennis Coaches Association Coach of the Year during its annual meeting this week. Saddleback assistant coach Chuck Conkey was named as the Assistant Coach of the Year.
Additionally, Saddleback freshman Clara Kearney (pictured) was named as the Player to Watch by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
Saddleback dropped a 5-3 decision to College of the Desert during the regional finals of the team competition on the Roadrunners' home courts, ending the Gauchos' hopes for a state title and settling for a third place finish in the state.
Saddleback's depth usually was the difference in matches this season. However, the Gauchos only earned singles victories at No. 5 (Michelle Neville) and No. 6 (Carrisa Fleming)
to trail 4-2 going into doubles play. Although Saddleback quickly won at No. 3 doubles, the Gauchos fell at No. 2 doubles and Desert secured the match.
#1 Ferrar COD
def: Drzymkowski SBK; 6-1,6-2
def: Stowell SBK; 6-4,7-6
def: Kearney SBK; 6-4,6-4
#4 Sales COD
def: Kagawa SBK; 6-2,6-3
#5 Neville SBK
def: Partida COD; 6-1,6-0
def: Eller COD; 6-3,6-3
#1 Rouqet/Sales COD
leading Drzymkowski/Stowell SBK; 6-3,4-2 stopped
#2 Ferrar/Tomita COD
def: Kagawa/Neville SBk; 6-3,6-0
#3 Kearney/St. Jean SBK
def: Partida/Eller COD; 6-1,6-2
Saddleback's top doubles team of Kristina Drzymkowski and Rylee Stowell (pictured) reached the quarterfinal round at the prestigious Ojai Tournament last week before falling to the eventual tournament champions.
The Gaucho pair won three matches to reach the quarterfinals, but fell to Palomar's top doubles team of Hachiya and Polovnikova, 6-1, 6-1. The Palomar duo went on to win the tournament with a similar 6-1, 6-1 victory in the finals.
The Gauchos will travel to Palm Springs to face College of the Desert in the Southern California regional finals of the team competition on Wednesday, April 29. The winner of that match will advance to the state championship match the following week.
Saddleback won two of the three doubles matches to break a 3-3 tie in singles competition and upend host Cuesta College, 5-4, during a women's tennis regional semifinal match in San Luis Obispo.
Saddleback, seeded third in the playoffs, took advantage of a busy week for Cuesta, which was seeded second. The Cougars had to postpone their regional quarterfinal match until yesterday (Monday) following a weekend of individual play in the Western State Conference tournament. Although Cuesta handily beat seventh-seeded Cerritos on Monday, the large amount of matches may have helped to wear the Cougars down and allow Saddleback to strike at the right moment. The loss was Cuesta's first of the year, ending the Cougars' season with a 15-1 record.
After dropping the match at No. 2 doubles, Saddleback was able to win in three sets at No. 1 doubles as Kristina Drzymkowski and Rylee Stowell teamed up to win 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. The Gauchos then won at No. 3 doubles with Clara Kearney and Nichole St. Jean (pictured) dropping the first set tie-breaker 7-6 (7-4) before bouncing back to win the second set in a tie-breaker 7-6 (7-1) and carrying that momentum into the third set, 6-3.
will travel to face top-seeded College of the Desert on Wednesday, April 29, in the regional finals for a chance to advance to the state championship match.
#1 Chloe Redman (Cue) d. Kristina Drzymkowski (S); 6-2, 6-1
#2 Erin McGurty (Cue) d. Rylee Stowell (S); 6-3, 6-1
#3 Clara Kearney (S) d. Whitney Whiting (Cue); 6-3, 7-5
#4 Erika Kagawa (S) d. Hannah Crampton (Cue); 6-2, 6-0
#5 Laura Haines (Cue) d. Michelle Neville (S); 6-0, 6-0
#6 Carrisa Fleming (S) d. Bre Rowan (Cue); 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
#1Drzymkowski/Stowell (S) d. Redman/Whiting (C); 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
#2 Crampton/McGurty (C) d. Kagawa/Neville (S); 6-4, 6-4
#3 Kearney/Nichole St Jean (S) d. Haines/Rowan (C); 6-7 (7-4), 7-6 (7-1),
Saddleback's women's tennis team took advantage of a head start and quickly turned back Grossmont, 5-0, in a regional quarterfinal match played on the Saddleback College campus.
Grossmont only showed up for the match with five players, giving Saddleback default victories at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles before the match even started. Kristina Drzymkowski was able to get past her Griffin opponent at No. 1 singles, 7-5, 6-2, for another team point and Clara Kearney defeated her opponent at No. 3 singles, 7-5, 6-1, while Michelle Neville (pictured) had less trouble with her opponent at No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-2.
Saddleback, seeded No. 3 in the 8-team regional bracket, needs to wait to see what happens in a match between No. 2 Cuesta and No. 8 Cerritos which will be played on Monday, April 20, in San Luis Obispo. Saddleback will either travel to Cuesta or play host to Cerritos on Tuesday, April 21, depending on the result of Monday's match.
In other regional matches, top-seeded College of the Desert defeated No. 7 Fullerton, 5-4, while No. 5 Palomar edged No. 4 Bakersfield, 5-4, in a match played at Palomar College. Desert will host Palomar on Tuesday, April 21.
The Saddleback women’s tennis team took a big step forward on Thursday afternoon with a 5-4 win over arch rival Orange Coast College at OCC. With the win, the Gauchos captured the Orange Empire Conference title and now head to the Southern California Dual Team Championships, which start in late April.
Saddleback finished the regular season at 15-1 overall and 11-1 in conference play. The lone blemish for Saddleback was a 6-3 setback to Fullerton College on March 24.
The Gauchos did things on Thursday the same way they have done it all season long, showing off their depth. After falling behind to OCC 2-0, the Gauchos reeled off four straight wins in singles play to enter doubles play up 4-2. Orange Coast responded by winning the first two doubles matches to even the team match at 4-4. Saddleback then responded in the final match when Clara Kearney and Nichole St. John handily defeated the Pirates’ No. 3 doubles team 8-4, thus giving the Gauchos and 5-4 win and the conference title.
(1) B. Bass OCC def. Kristina Drzymkowski SBK 6-3, 6-1
(2) M. Boyer OCC def. Rylee Stowell SBK 6-1, 6-2
(3) Clara Kearney SBK def. K. Eshelmen OCC 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
(4) Erika Kagawa SBK def. N. Naughton OCC 6-0, 6-4
(5) Michelle Neville SBK def. H. Mancino OCC 6-1, 6-2
(6) Carrisa Fleming SBK def. H. Wong OCC 6-3, 7-5
(1) Bass/Boyer OCC def. Drzymkowski/Stowell SBK 8-3
(2) Eshelmen/Mancino OCC def. Neville/Boyko SBK 8-4
(3) Kearney/St. Jean SBK def. Wong/Garafalo OCC 8-4
After having a 19-day layoff the Saddleback women's tennis team returned to action this week and suffered its first loss of the season, falling to Fullerton 6-3 on Tuesday.
Clara Kearney (pictured) defeated her Hornet opponent at No. 3 singles and Michelle Neville won at No. 5 singles but the other four Gaucho singles players lost their matches. Kearney teamed with Nichole St. Jean to win at No. 3 doubles to account for all of Saddleback's points.
The Gauchos bounced back two days later with a vengeance, pounding Irvine Valley 9-0. Neville blanked her singles opponent 6-0, 6-0 while Kristina Drzymkowski won at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-1, and Rylee Stowell defeated her opponent at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-1.
Saddleback is now 12-1 overall and 8-1 in Orange Empire Conference play.
The Saddleback women’s tennis team new going into Thursday's match with Orange Coast College that they were about to face their toughest test of the season and past it with flying colors. The Gauchos defeated OCC, 6-3, to remain undefeated and take over first place in the Orange Empire Conference.
Saddleback entered the match at OCC facing a Pirate team that had dropped only one individual match all season long and was the top-ranked team in Southern California in the pre-season rankings. The Gauchos responded by doing the same thing to the Pirates that they have done to every other opponent this season, showing off their depth. After dropping the first two singles matches of the day, Saddleback reeled off four straight singles wins to head to doubles with a 4-2 lead and one win from taking the team match. Orange Coast closed the gap by winning the No. 1 singles match but the Gauchos proved to be too much for the Pirates in the last two doubles matches of the day. Erika Kagawa (pictured left) and Michelle Neville (pictured right) finished off OCC in the No. 2 doubles match with a convincing 8-4 win over Kalin Eshelman and Hannah Mancino. Both Kagawa and Neville had also won singles matches earlier in the day.
Saddleback improved to 11-0 overall on the season and 7-0 in Orange Empire Conference play with the win and now takes over sole possession of first place in conference play. Orange Coast suffered its first loss of the season and falls to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the OEC.
Saddleback will hit the courts again next on Tuesday, March 24, when they travel to Fullerton to take on the Hornets at 2:00 PM.
(1) Brittany Bass (OCC) def. Kristina Drzymkowski (SBK) 7-5, 6-2
(2) Melissa Boyer (OCC) def. Rylee Stowell (SBK) 6-2, 6-1
(3) Clara Kearney (SBK) def. Nicole Naughton (OCC) 6-3, 6-3
(4) Erika Kagawa (SBK) def. Kalin Eshelman (OCC) 6-1, 7-5
(5) Michelle Neville (SBK) def. Hannah Mancino (OCC) 6-0, 6-3
(6) Nichole St. John (SBK) def. Heather Wong (OCC) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6
(1) Bass/Boyer (OCC) def. Drzymkowski/Stowell (SBK) 8-2
(2) Kagawa/Neville (SBK) def. Eshelman/Mancino (OCC) 8-4
(3) Kearney/St. Jean (SBK) def. Naughton/Julia Garofalo (OCC) 8-3
The Saddleback women’s tennis team improved to 10-0 on the season on Tuesday with a dominating 9-0 win over Cypress College. The Gauchos have a showdown with Orange Coast College on Thursday on the road, with first place in the Orange Empire Conference on the line.
Saddleback cruised to a win over a shorthanded Cypress team, winning six matches and collecting three more wins by default. The Gauchos dropped only six games all day in heading into the big match with OCC on Thursday. Rylee Stowell (pictured) started things off for Saddleback with a 6-1, 6-0 win in No. 1 win in singles and the Gauchos cruised from that point forward.
(1) Rylee Stowell (SBK) def. Y. Jara (Cyp) 6-1, 6-0
(2) Erika Kagawa (SBK) def. N. El-Ali (Cyp) 6-0, 6-1
(3) Michelle Neville def. S. Le(Cyp) 6-0, 6-1
(4) Carrisa Fleming (SBK) def. A. Saleh (Cyp) 6-0, 6-2
(5) Nichole St. Jean (SBK) won by default
(6) Elena Boyko (SBK) won by default
(1) Kristina Drzymkowski/Stowell (SBK) def. Jara/El-Ali(Cyp) 8-0
(2) Clara Kearney/St. Jean (SBK) def. Le/Saleh(Cyp) 8-1
(3) Kagawa/Neville (SBK) won by default
The Saddleback women’s tennis team passed another test this past week when they defeated Palomar College, 7-2, to improve to 8-0 on the season. The match was a make-up from an event scheduled for February 5 that was rained out.
The Gauchos showed off their strength at singles, winning five of six matches to close out the Comets before getting to the doubles matches. No. 1 singles player Kristina Drzymkowski (pictured) led things off for Saddleback, winning 6-2, 6-0 to jump start the Gauchos. Nichole St. Jean closed out Palomar with a dominating 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles before the doubles teams won two of three matches.
(1) Kristina Drzymkowski (SBK) def. S. Hachiya (Pal) 6-2, 6-0
(2) C de Anda (Pal) def. Rylee Stowell (SBK) 6-7, 6-4, 14-12
(3) Clara Kearney (SBK) def. R Gregory (Pal) 6-3, 6-3
(4) Erika Kagawa (SBK) def. A Simpson (Pal) 6-3, 6-3
(5) Michelle Neville (SBK) def. A Shafer-Kuster (Pal) 6-0, 6-0
(6) Nichole St. Jean (SBK) def. H Lorber (Pal) 6-1, 6-3
(1) Polovnikna/Haciya (Pal) def. Drzymkowski/Stowell (SBK) 9-7
(2) Kagawa/Neville (SBK) def. de Anda/Gregory (Pal) 9-7
(3) Kearney/St. Jean (SBK) def. Simpson/Shafer-Kuster (Pal) 8-6
The Saddleback women’s tennis team is off to its best start ever and improved to 7-0 on the season with a 7-2 win over Irvine Valley College. The Gauchos dropped the first two matches and won seven straight to improve to 4-0 in Orange Empire Conference play.
Saddleback once again showed its depth as the Gauchos are proving to be one of the top teams from top to bottom in Southern California. Clara Kearney (pictured) won the No. 3 singles match with a 6-0, 6-4 win to start a string of seven consecutive wins on the day. Kristina Drzymkowski and Rylee Stowell closed out the match for the Gauchos when they teamed up to win the No. 1 doubles match, seeking and finding redemption after losing singles matches earlier in the day.
(1) M. Morris (IVC) def. Kristina Drzymkowski (SBK) 6-2, 6-3
(2) T. Morris (IVC) def. Rylee Stowell (SBK) 6-4, 7-6
(3) Clara Kearney (SBK) def. E. Davies (IVC)6-0, 6-4
(4) Erika Kagawa (SBK) def. N. Jenkins (IVC) 6-1, 6-0
(5) Michelle Neville (SBK) def. L. Baecker (IVC) 6-2, 6-1
(6) Nichole St. Jean (SBK) def. E. Kang (IVC)6-3, 6-4
(1) Drzymkowski/Stowell (SBK)def. M. Morris/ E. Davies (IVC) 8-4
(2) Kagawa/ Neville (SBK) def. T. Morris/D.Bortz (IVC) 8-1
(3) Kearney/St. Jean (SBK) def. H. Withers/J. Korn(IVC) 8-1
The Gauchos will on the courts against next Tuesday when the host Cypress College. The first matches will start at 2:00 PM.
The women’s tennis team defeated Fullerton College, 6-3, on Tuesday afternoon at the Saddleback Courts. With the win, the Gauchos are now 6-0, the best start in the history of the program.
On four other occasions Saddleback had started the season 5-0 but yesterday’s win over Fullerton was one for the record books. The Gauchos closed out the Hornets in the first match of doubles in cruising to yet another win in improving to 6-0.
After dropping the first two matches of the day, Saddleback ripped off five straight wins with Clara Kearney (pictured), Erika Kagawa, Michelle Neville and Nichole St. Jean all winning singles matches and Kristina Drzymkowski and Rylee Stowell teaming up to win the first doubles match of the day.
The Gauchos will go for seven straight to start the season on Thursday afternoon at inter-district rival Irvine Valley College. Matches will start at 2:00PM.
(1) Tiffani Shaik (FC) def. Kristina Drzymkowski (Saddleback) 6-1, 6-1
(2) Luz Jimenez (FC) def. Rylee Stowell (Saddleback) 6-4, 6-1
(3) Clara Kearney (Saddleback) def. Madeline Hovarter (FC) 7-5, 6-2
(4) Erika Kagawa (Saddleback) def. Kristen Foss (FC) 6-0, 6-2
(5) Michelle Neville (Saddleback) def. Doris Obih (FC) 6-2, 6-2
(6) Nichole St. Jean (Saddleback) def. Sandra Garcia (FC) 6-1,6-2
(1) Drzymkowski / Stowell (Saddleback) def. Shaik/Jimenez (FC) 8-6
(2) Hovarter / Foss (FC) def. Kagawa / Neville (Saddleback) 8-5
(3) Kearney / St. Jean (Saddleback) def. Shannay Lee / Tammy Tran (FC) 8-0
The women’s tennis team is on a roll in 2009 as they improved to 5-0 on the season with a 9-0 win over Santa Ana College last Thursday. The latest win for the Gauchos was impressive, as they lost only four games in nine matches.
Saddleback swept all nine matches against the Dons, winning two matches by default. The Gauchos were especially impressive in singles play, where they dropped only one game all afternoon.
“The freshmen are starting to get used to playing at the college level,” head coach Jay Amos (pictured) said. “As long as they keep developing, we should be okay.”
(1) Erika Kagawa (Saddleback) def. Katt Klung (SAC) 6-0, 6-0
(2) Michelle Neville (Saddleback) def. Fabia Ortuna (SAC) 6-0, 6-1
(3) Nichole St. Jean (Saddleback) def. Frieda Ortuna (SAC) 6-0, 6-0
(4) Carrisa Fleming (Saddleback) def. Brenda Pastore (SAC) 6-0, 6-0
(5) Elena Boyko (Saddleback) def. Lizette Ceja (SAC) 6-0, 6-0
(6) Marissa Quijano (Saddleback) won by default
(1) Kristina Drzymkowski/Rylee Stowell (Saddleback) def. Klung/Ortuna (SAC) 8-2
(2) Clara Kearney/St. Jean (Saddleback) def. Ortuna/Pastore (SAC) 8-1
(3) Fleming/Boyko (Saddleback) won by default
The women’s tennis team won a big match on Tuesday when they defeated defending state champion Grossmont College, 6-3. Erika Kagawa led the charge as the Gauchos improved to 2-0 on the season.
Saddleback lost a pair of tough singles matches to start the match but once again proved to have a lot of depth as they ripped off four straight wins to take the lead heading into doubles matches. After a narrow loss in the opening doubles matches, The Gauchos won the final two doubles matches for a second straight 6-3 win to open the season.
Erika Kagawa (pictured) improved to 2-0 in both singles and doubles play on the season with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Christine Yvzbasheba and then paired up with Michelle Neville for an 8-4 win to close out the match.
“She has been like money in the bank,” head coach Jay Amos said of Kagawa. “She quietly gets everything done.”
The Gauchos will play again today (Thursday) when they host Rio Hondo on the Saddleback courts at 2:00 PM.
(1) Lacy McGill (Grossmont) def. Kristina Drzymkowski (Saddleback) 6-4, 6-2
(2) Daniel Bryan (Grossmont) def. Rylee Stowell (Saddleback) 6-2, 6-1
(3) Clara Kearney (Saddleback) def. Matty Jacobs (Grossmont) 6-3, 6-4
(4) Erika Kagawa (Saddleback) def. Christine Yvzbasheba (Grossmont) 6-4, 6-1
(5) Michelle Neville (Saddleback) def. Yazi Gingras (Grossmont) 6-0, 6-2
(6) Nichole St. Jean (Saddleback) def. Nicole Toches (Grossmont) 6-7, 6-2, 6-4
(1) McGill/Bryan (Grossmont) def. Drzymkowski/Stowell (Saddleback) 9-8
(2) Kagawa/Neville (Saddleback) def. Jacobs/Gingras (Grossmont) 8-4
(3) Kearney/St. Jean (Saddleback) def. Yvzbasheba/Bickert (Grossmont) 8-4
The Saddleback women’s tennis team opened up the season with a 6-3 win over Santa Monica College on Thursday afternoon at Saddleback College. After dropping the first two matches, the Gauchos reeled off four straight wins to overcome the Corsairs and start the season off on a high note.
Saddleback enters the season with a very young team on the courts but if first impressions mean anything, they will be a handful to deal with in the Orange Empire Conference in 2009. After dropping two tough singles matches to open the season, four freshmen made a charge for the Gauchos in giving Saddleback a 4-2 lead heading into the doubles matches.
Maybe the most impressive victory of the day came when No. 5 singles player Michelle Neville (pictured) dominated her match with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Caroline Holston. Neville then hooked up with Erika Kagawa in the No. 2 doubles match for an 8-1 win over Yvette Lopez and Alex Thomas to give the Gauchos a commanding 5-3 lead heading into the final match of the day.
Saddleback starts the season 1-0 with the win and will play next on Thursday, February 5, at Palomar College. Matches will start at 2:00PM.
(1) Julia Cobian (SMC) def. Kristina Drzymkowski (SC) 6-4, 7-5
(2) Anastasia Elizza (SMC) def. Rylee Stowell (SC) 6-3, 6-3
(3) Clara Kearney (SC) def. Yvette Lopez (SMC) 6-3, 6-0
(4) Erika Kagawa (SC) def. Alex Thomas (SMC) 6-1, 6-3
(5) Michelle Neville (SC) def. Caroline Holston (SMC) 6-1, 6-0
(6) Nichole St. Jean (SC) def. Molly Zanette (SMC) 6-2, 6-4
(1) Cobian/Elizza (SMC) def. Drzymkowski/Stowell (SC) 9-7
(2) Kagawa/Neville (SC) def. Lopez/Thomas (SMC) 8-1
(3) Kearney/Elena Boyko (SC) def. Holston/Zanette (SMC) 8-1
Saddleback College sophomore Erina Hung captured the Orange Empire Conference women’s tennis singles title with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over top-seeded Brittany Bass of Orange Coast College. It was the second consecutive season that Hung has reached the conference singles final. Last year’s title match was rained out, but rain wouldn’t be a factor this season as the tournament was completed in warm and sunny conditions.
Hung was the No. 2 seed in the tournament and had to get past Orange Coast’s Brittnie Furuvald on Thursday in the singles semifinal, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, before facing Bass in today’s final. Twenty minutes after winning the singles title, Hung and Bass were squaring off again in the doubles semifinal. Bass and Furuvald got some revenge, defeating Hung and Andrea Warren 7-5, 3-6, 6-1. In the other semifinal, Riverside’s Caroline Houston and Jenny Vatelia ousted Kalin Eshelman and Evelyn Wallace of Orange Coast, 6-1, 6-1.
It would be a long day for Bass but it was worth the effort as the Orange Coast tandem (Bass and Furuvald) defeated Houston and Vatelia for the doubles title, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1.
All of the singles quarterfinalists earned all-Orange Empire Conference honors and will advance to the Southern California regional tournament May 1-3 in Santa Barbara. The doubles quarterfinalists each advance to the regional tournament, but only the doubles semifinalists earned all-conference recognition. Hung, Warren, and Rylee Stowell earned all-conference honors in singles for the Gauchos with Hung and Warren also earning all-conference honors in doubles.