Close, but no love

Brett Dyer

The Lady Vaqueros Women’s tennis suffered a home loss 5-4 to Alan Hancock College Thursday afternoon.

The Vaquero’s record has fallen to 1-4 in conference and 1-5 overall. Alan Hancock’s record is now 4-2 overall and 3-1 in conference.

“They’re just not keeping enough balls in the court,” said Head Coach Louella Parsons-Wohglemuth.

In singles play, Anna Ottmann, the Vaquero’s court-one player lost her first match of the year to Hancock College’s Amy Harrel 6-2, 6-4. The match went back and fourth, but unfortunately the balls just weren’t bouncing in favor of Ottmann.

Ashley Ottman, Anna’s sister who is the court-two player, destroyed her opponent Bernisse Beccerra with her powerful serve that set the tone for the match. Ashley had an all around great game, but her serve was the X-factor in her winning score of 6-4, 6-0.

“I knew if I played consistent, I could win the match,” said Ashley Ottman.

Kaila Riley, the Lady Vaqs court three player was defeated by Alan Hancock’s Elisha Mclain, 6-4, 6-2.

On court four, Lady Vaquero Bridget Nottingham used her athleticism and strong serve to win the match.

“Ashley and Bridget were our two bright stars in singles play,” said Coach Parsons-Wohglemuth.

City College’s Madeline Towery fell short of victory, losing to Bulldog Elias Santiago 7-5, 7-2.

Suzanne Pietre won her match for the Lady Vaqueros by default and earned the team another point.

The Ottman sisters dominated in doubles, conquering their opponents, 8-1.

The Ottmans continue to impress in doubles play, with a combination of power and speed that have left them undefeated in doubles.

Unfortunately, Bridget Nottingham and Kaila Riley could not follow the Ottmanns’ victory, losing their doubles match 8-1.

In the deciding sets of the day, the Vaqueros lost their last doubles match, giving Alan Hancock College the win.

Coach Parsons-Wohglemuth insists that her girls played well, but that they need to work on their mental game.

“They tried hard, doing the best they can,” said Parsons-Wohglemuth. “Mental game is percent of your game.”