Although the Tigers only managed to win one set, Patterson head coach Raustand Nzoule was pleased with the effort his team displayed against Los Banos.
“The girls were actually very competitive in defeat,” Nzoule said. “I do not think that the result of the match was a true reflection of how well we played.”
The Tigers won four of their six singles matches and swept doubles play in the defeat over the Ceres Bulldogs.
The conference win was sweet for Patterson (2-2 WAC), which battles on despite an inexperienced roster. According to Nzoule, finishing each match was the key.
“We’ve been emphasizing the importance of closing out sets when we’re ahead,” Nzoule said. “(Against Ceres), we were successful in most of those situations and that led to the win.”
At No. 2 singles, the Tigers gained a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win, with Kendal Norfleet of Patterson defeating Kailee Donovan of Ceres.
Patterson’s Elena Rodriguez bested Ceres’ Manpreet Biahaa, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1, at No. 3 singles.
Teammate Nzuzi Mahungu followed with a straight-set win over Kiran Kainth, 6-2, 7-5 at No. 4 singles.
Chanda Noynola of Patterson earned a No. 5 singles victory over Lizzy Magana of Ceres in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.
Patterson’s No. 1 doubles team, Lauren Cabonce and Victoria Paden, opened up doubles play by defeating Bianca Deanea and Gabby Biandino, 7-5, 6-3.
At No. 2 doubles, Britnei Murray and Avree Chairez of Patterson beat Justine Vega and Jolyce Vega 6-1, 6-0.
The Tigers’ No. 3 pair, Sandy Luo and Santana Mata, won in two sets, 6-3, 6-0, against Laura Cahill and Angelica Slater .