COD Women’s Tennis squeaks by Arabs, 5-4

COD Women’s Tennis squeaks by Arabs, 5-4

COD (4-4; 4-4) had to fight back in their eighth PCAC event of the 2018 season, the entire victory rested on an extra set singles match that stretched late into the afternoon, but the home side found themselves victorious over the Imperial Valley Arabs (4-5; 4-3), 5-4.

In doubles play, the team of freshman Claudia Stepien (Palm Desert H.S.) and freshman Andrea Rapan (Thermal Coachella Valley) won their match easily, 8-3. The team of freshman Annaya Zubick (Palm Springs H.S.) and freshman Sariah Sanchez (Indio Shadow Hills) battled in their match, falling, 9-7 and the team of freshman Daniela Ramirez (Cathedral City H.S.) and freshman Ana Laura Ochoa-Castillo (Albuquerque (NM) Atrisco Heritage Academy) fought hard in an 9-8 opening set loss, requiring the team to go an extra frame, falling in extras 7-4.

In singles play, Stepien, Rapan and Zubick all won in straight sets, Stepien winning 6-2, 6-0 and Rapan winning 6-2, 6-0, while Zubick winning, 6-3, 6-0. Sanchez and Ochoa-Castillo played hard fought singles matches, losing in straight sets. Then came the deciding match, with the team score tied at 4-4, Ramirez won her first set fairly easily 6-2, falling in her second set 6-4, and finally crushing her opponent 6-1 in the extra frame.

The next match for College of the Desert Women's Tennis will be on the road on March 13th at 2p, where they will continue Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) against the San Diego City Knights. Hope to see you there.

College of the Desert defeated Imperial Valley College 5-4, in a PCAC Women's Tennis dual conference Tennis match at home in Palm Desert.


#1: C. Stepien/A. Rapan (COD) def. S. Bendenillio/N. Garcia (IVC), 8-3
#2: K. Acuna/N. Shunnarah (IVC) def. S.Sanchez/A. Zubick (COD), 9-7
#3: J. Vega/A. Rios (IVC) def. D. Ramirez/A. Ochoa-Castillo (COD), 9-8 (7-4)


#1: Claudia Stepien (COD) def. Stacey Bendenillio (IVC) 6-2, 6-0
#2: Andrea Rapan (COD) def. Kim Acuna (IVC) 6-2, 6-0
#3: Annaya Zubick (COD) def. Natalia Garcia (IVC) 6-3, 6-0
#4: Jennica Vega (IVC) def. Sariah Sanchez (COD) 6-2, 6-3
#5: Natalia Shunnarah (IVC) def. Ana Laura Ochoa-Castillo (COD) 6-3, 6-0
#6: Daniela Ramirez (COD) def. Alyssa Rios (IVC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1

Overall record: 4-4
PCAC record: 4-4

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