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New doubles team lifts Vaqueros over Pirates, 5-4

Tyler Bunderson rallied for a 3-set win at No. 2 singles and then won the decisive fifth point in doubles with Lesly Zapata De Lira. (Photo by Dave Loveton)
Tyler Bunderson rallied for a 3-set win at No. 2 singles and then won the decisive fifth point in doubles with Lesly Zapata De Lira. (Photo by Dave Loveton)

Tyler Bunderson and Lesly Zapata De Lira teamed up for the first time in the SBCC women's tennis' doubles lineup on Thursday and proved to be the difference in a 5-4 WSC victory at Ventura.

The Vaqueros (5-1, 2-0) posted their fourth straight win. Bunderson, Kassandra Ortiz and Gabrielle Goss got singles points and the teams were tied 3-3 heading into doubles.

Mariko Sagara/Jessica Powell won the No. 1 doubles for VC and Goss/Madison Ortiz took the No. 3 doubles set 8-1, creating a 4-4 tie.

Bunderson and Zapata De Lira knocked off Jia Wiebe/Megan Fleming 8-5 for the victory. Bunderson is a freshman from Santa Ynez HIgh and Zapata De Lira is a freshman from Carpinteria High.

"Tyler and Lesly were playing together for the first time and pulled off a great win to decided the match," said first-year coach Randy Moharram. "This was really a team effort and a team victory."

The Vaqueros have two road matches next week – Tuesday at Antelope Valley and Thursday at Bakersfield.
 
Singles
1. Mariko Sagara, VC, def. Maddie Seeds 6-4, 6-3
2. Tyler Bunderson, SBCC, def. Jessica Powell 3-6. 6-0, 6-1
3. Jia Wiebe, VC, def. Julianna Adelman 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5)
4. Kassandra Ortiz, SBCC, def. Megan Fleming 6-0, 6-0
5. Gabrielle Goss, SBCC, def. Audrey Karbum 6-0, 6-0
6. Theresa Doal, VC, def. Lioznova 1-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1

Doubles
1. Sagara/Powell, VC, def. Adelman/K. Ortiz 8-2
2. Bunderson/Lesly Zapata De Lira, SBCC, def. Wiebe/Fleming 8-5
3. Goss/Madison Ortiz, SBCC, def. Doal/Tricia McClain 8-1