Lady Arabs windy day woes result in tennis match loss

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IVC’s #1 singles player Gracie Favela crushes one against the Lady Knight’s in (6-2, (6-4) Lady Arab victory. Photo by Javier Guerrero.

Imperial  With a .500 record in the division at (5-5), the Imperial Valle College Girls’ Tennis team played their 11th Pacific Coast Athletic Conference league contest of the season on Tuesday where Lady Arabs were guillotined at home 7-2 by an (8-2) San Diego City College unit that is currently firing on all cylinders.  

In the opening pro set doubles round, IVC’s #1 doubles team of Gracie Favela and Jackie Marquez scored first for points of the match for the Lady Arabs as they maintained zeal to outlast the Lady Knights #1 pair of Brianna Hooks and Marilyn Kathka in a 9-7 tie breaker shoot out.

IVC’s #2 doubles tandem of Priscilla Jaramillo and Natalia Gracie were down big early on and could not find a rhythm as SD City’s Brianna Leigh-Pink and Kacie McBarron’s accurate ball placement was the deciding factor in the 8-1 Lady Knight win.

Jennica Vega and Jackie Marquez found themselves in a 4-1 hole during their #3 doubles contest, despite battling back to win five more games Erica Letzring and Natasha Vargas held on for the 8-5 SD City victory.

As the sun sank into dusk and the windy conditions relented the six scheduled singles matches lingered on until the early evening.

“We only postpone or cancel if it rains,” answered Imperial Valley College Women’s Head Tennis Coach Mike Palacio Jr. about the significance of wind being a factor.   

IVC’s #1 singles player Gracie Favela dominated the Lady Knight’s #1 singles representative Brianna Hooks (6-2, (6-4) in the Lady Arab’s only singles round victory of the afternoon.  Favela swept her events and kept her team competitive leading by example fulfilling her #1 spot on the team.

Jackie Marquez was upended (6-1), (6-0) by SD City’s Erica Letzring in the #2 singles match as the Lady Knights began to pull away on the scoreboard.

IVC’s #3 and #4 singles players struggled during their outings as Natalia Garcia was taken out (6-2), (6-1) by SD City’s #3 Brianna Leigh-Pink and Jennica Vega could not claim a game in a (6-0), (6-0) losing effort to #4 Marilyn Kathka.

Priscilla Jaramillio was stifled (6-1), (6-2) in the #5 singles slot by the Lady Eagle’s Kacie McBarron.

In the closest match of the contest IVC’s #6 Gysandra Preciado went heads up with SD City’s Natasha Vargas in a match that came down to a third set tie breaker.  Vargas took the first set (6-3) and Preciado edged out the second (7-6) to force the extra overt-time set.  Both women competed fiercely but it was SD City’s Vargas that reached out a little further at the finish line to claim the 7-5 tiebreaker.

With the season’s end looming the Lady Arab’s have two more conference matches on calendar.  March 30 IVC travels to San Diego to play Mesa College and then await Southwestern College to come close out the regular season in Imperial on April 4.