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No. 1 Cerritos downs Vaqueros 6-1 in playoff opener

Gabrielle Goss got the lone point for SBCC with partner Madison Ortiz, winning the No. 3 doubles set 8-2. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)
Gabrielle Goss got the lone point for SBCC with partner Madison Ortiz, winning the No. 3 doubles set 8-2. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)

Cerritos took a 2-1 doubles lead on Tuesday, then won four of the first five singles to secure a 6-1 women's tennis victory over SBCC in the opening round of the Southern Cal Team Regional in Norwalk.

The top-seeded Falcons won their 15th straight match to improve to 22-1, beating the Vaqueros in a 1st-round playoff for the second straight year. No. 7 SBCC ends its season at 11-4 with the second-most wins in the last 10 years.

Gabrielle Goss/Madison Ortiz got the lone point for the Vaqueros, beating Jovana Milosevic/Danielle Pastor to boost their record to 13-1.

"We had our opportunities and came up short," said coach Randy Moharram. "Our young team, with only one sophomore in Maddie Seeds, got some valuable playoff experience and have a good understanding of where we need to be next season.

The Vaqueros didn't have the services of Kassandra Ortiz at No. 2 doubles and No. 5 singles. She was out with an illness.

Eight SBCC players have qualified for the CCCAA State Championships on April 21-24 at The Ojai. Maddie Seeds advanced to the WSC singles semifinals and will battle Viktoriya Shumakova of Glendale on Friday at noon at Ventura College.

Doubles
1. Taylor Heath/Anastasia Khomyachenko, Cerr,  def. Maddie Seeds/Lesly Zapata De Lira 8-3
2. Tiffany Sanchez/Valentina Polonyi, Cerr, def. Julianna Adelman/Tyler Bunderson 8-6
3. Gabrielle Goss/Madison Ortiz, SBCC, def. Jovana Milosevic/Danielle Pastor 8-2

Singles
1. Taylor Heath, Cerr, def. Maddie Seeds 6-4, 6-3
2. Anastasia Khomyachenko, Cerr, tied Tyler Bunderson, SBCC, 6-1, 3-6
3. Tiffany Sanchez, Cerr, def. Lesly Zapata De Lira 6-2, 6-1
4. Valentina Polonyi, Cerr, def. Julianna Adelman 6-4, 6-1
5. Jovana Milosevic, Cerr, def. Gabrielle Goss, 6-2, 6-0
6. Danielle Pastor, Cerr, led Madison Ortiz, SBCC, 7-6 (4), 1-0