Story by/Jeff Dahlquist/Staff writer/@jdahlasign
Vikings Jasmine Hyacinth and Maria Gonzalez have earned themselves a spot in the 2016 California Community College Athletic Association Tennis State Championship tournament set for April 21-24 in Ventura County.
Opening matches will be played Thursday and Friday at Ventura College with the championship round matches moving over to the Ojai Valley Athletic Club for the weekend.
Hyacinth and Gonzalez secured the fifth and final South Coast Conference back draw spot into the state championships.
The duo started off the conference tournament with an 8-0 loss to Mt. San Antonio team of Kristen Russo and Amberley Huang, but won in the back draw to secure their place in the state championship.
The Vikings doubles team of freshman Mimi Mercado and sophomore Dolores Cervantez was eliminated with an 8-1 loss against Natsuki Hoshiko and Jade Shugars of El Camino.
In singles, Mercado lost 8-1 to Rachel Eshillonu of El Camino, Hyacinth lost 8-0 to Valentina Polonyi of Cerritos and Cervantes fell 8-0 to Violet Simpson in the opening-round matches.
This is the second consecutive season the Vikings will be represented at the state championships.
Previously, the duo of Nikki Tigas and Judith Aguilar qualified in doubles with Tigas reaching the third round of the singles tournament.
The State Championship marks the end of the season for the Vikings, who played their last game against Rio Hondo on March 31 and lost 6-3.
Regarding their rather lackluster season, LBCC freshman Brittany Ruelas said, “We tried our hardest, however the outcome was not as we had hoped, but, there is always next season.”