The Cerritos College women’s tennis team lost against Rio Hondo College by a forfeit score of 9-0 due to the lack of players it had on Mar. 26. This is their eighth loss this season, and their fifth in conference play.
The Falcons have only five players on their roster: Selene Bayardo, Alba Gonzalez, Moa Linstrom, Yesenia Palacios and Evelyn Rodriguez Toro. Meanwhile, the Roadrunners have seven players on their roster. This meant that three games would have been in favor of Rio Hondo by forfeit.
In the previous match on Mar. 14, both Cerritos and Rio Hondo split their games 3-3. However due to the lack of players that the Falcons had, the Roadrunners won 6-3.
Cynthia Ordong and Sam Martinez won their singles match by forfeit. Also, Ordong and Samantha Garcia won their doubles match by forfeit.
Normally competing with five singles players, the Falcons were limited to just four, as freshman Palacios was unavailable.
Freshman Rodriguez, who usually plays in the #5 position, moved up to #4 and extended her match to three sets, before a defeat by 4-6, 7-5, 1-6 decision.
Moa Lindstrom (CERR) def. Jesielle Valles (RHC), 6-0, 6-0
Alba Gonzalez (CERR) def. Gabby Tellez (RHC), 6-0, 6-0
Heaven Diaz (RHC) def. Selene Bayardo (CERR), 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
S. Barela (RHC) def. Evelyn Rodriguez Toro (CERR), 6-4, 5-7, 6-1
Cynthia Ordong (RHC) win by forfeit
Sam Martinez (RHC) win by forfeit
Moa Lindstrom/Alba Gonzalez(CERR) def. Jesielle Valles/Sam Martinez (RHC), 8-0
Gabby Tellez/Heaven Diaz (RHC) def. Selena Bayardo/Evelyn Rdoriguez Toro (CERR), 8-0
Cynthia Orodong/Samantha Garcia (RHC) win by forfeit
On Feb. 28, both Cerritos and Rio Hondo played for the first time this season. The Falcons were without a win in their first four games. However, Cerritos obtained their first win of the season by beating the Roadrunners 5-4.
Of the six matches that were played, Cerritos, 1-4, 1-1, picked up wins in five of them. In singles, sophomore Lindstrom led the team with a 6-0, 6-0 win, as did freshman Palacios in the #3 match. Freshman Gonzalez dropped just one game in her 6-1, 6-0 victory.
After singles were completed, the Falcons knew they would have to forfeit one of the doubles matches, meaning they needed wins in both doubles matches.
Knowing they had to win both matches after forfeiting at the #3 spot, the Falcons saw Lindström and Gonzalez step up to record an 8-0 win in the #1 match, while Palacios and freshman Bayardo capped off the team win with their 8-2 victory.
Moa Lindstrom (CERR) def. Jane Quach (RHC), 6-0, 6-0
Alba Gonzalez (CERR) def. Jesielle Valles (RHC), 6-1, 6-0
Yesenia Palacios (CERR) def. Gabriella Tellez (RHC), 6-0, 6-0
Heaven Diaz (RHC) def. Selene Bayardo (CERR), 6-7 (7-3), 6-3, 6-3
Samantha Martinez (RHS) def. Evelyn Rodriguez Toro (CERR), 6-1, 6-0
Samantha Garcia (RHC) win by forfeit
Moa Lindstrom/Alba Gonzalez (CERR) def. Jane Quach/Jesielle Valles (RHC), 8-0
Yesenia Palacios/Selene Bayerdo (CERR) def. Gabriella Tellez/Heaven Diaz (RHC), 8-2
Samantha Martinez/Samantha Garcia (RHC) win by forfeit
Their final match before the post-season will be against Saddleback College on Mar. 28 at 2 p.m.
Infogram by Cindy Canas