Story and photo by Jeff Dahlquist/Staff Writer/@jdahlasign
The competition was rough for the Vikings who took on their crosstown rivals Cerritos Falcons on Thursday, March 17.
The Falcons were recently named the No. 1 team in Southern California for Community Colleges by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The Vikings suffered 8-1 losses in all three doubles matches. In singles, the top three matches were all lost, 6-0.
However, freshman Brittany Ruelas did not go down without a fight, totaling three points against Cerritos’ Danielle Pastor in the No. 5 match, which ended 6-1, 6-2.
The loss puts LBCC at 2-13 in overall matches and 2-7 in the South Coast Conference.
Cerritos has now improved with its triumph over the Vikings, making the Falcons undefeated in the conference at 8-0 and 14-1 overall.
During the match, coaches Renzo Maggi and Kim Stern offer quick tips to players and words of encouragement.
After the loss against the Falcons, Vikings hosted Colby College of Maine in a non-conference match on Monday, March 21. The friendly match ended in a 9-0 win for Colby.
The Vikings were scheduled to compete against El Camino on Tuesday, March 29, at 2 p.m. and then end the season against Rio Hondo today, Thursday, March 31, at 2 p.m.
The coaches in the league soon will be voting for All-Conference players and some will be advancing to regional competition in hopes of reaching the state finals.