In a season where the Saddleback women’s tennis team battled through injuries and setbacks, Jeanette Losaria persevered through it all and ended up being named the OEC player-of-the-year by the coaches. Losaria finished 11-3 in singles play during the regular season before losing in the state quarterfinals.
Losaria was one of just two sophomores on the roster this season and jumped up to No. 1 singles this season after playing mostly No. 3 singles as a freshman in 2011. She was the No. 7 seed from the south at the recent state women’s tennis championships, winning her opening match of the tournament before falling in the quarterfinals to eventual state champion Julianna Bacelar of Ventura College.
Jeanette Losaria made it all the way to the Southern California quarterfinals on Friday before falling to the No. 2 seed in the tournament, Jessica Worring of Ventura College. Losaria was the No. 7 seed in the tournament and won two straight matches over two days before falling in the quarters.
Losaria defeated Hillary Ramage in the round of 32, 6-0, 6-1 before taking on Emma Sheehan of Fullerton College in the round of 16. She blew right past Sheehan 6-2, 6-3 before running into Worring, who was the No. 2 seed in the entire tournament. Worring defeated Losario 6-2, 6-3, ending her run in the tournament.
Losaria will be seeded in the top-8 in the upcoming state tournament in San Diego.
Nakieta Hein's exceptional run through the post-season came to an end in the quarterfinal round at the state championships
in Fresno today as she fell to Grossmont's Sharon Reibstein in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Hein captured the first set before being edged out in the next two sets of the hard-fought match which lasted nearly three hours.
Hein and Jeanette Losaria are still alive in doubles play, reaching the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Lien Huynh and B Schmitgen of Cosumnes River College. Hein and Losaria -- seeded No. 4 in Southern California -- will now face the tandem of Betsy Sauer and Nicci Yvanovich of Santa Barbara City College. Sauer and Yvanovich were seeded No. 8 in Southern California and upset the top-seeded team from Northern California, Reedley College's Alex McDonald and Nicole Simoni, in the opening round 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.