Coyotes notch four wins at Ojai

Cal State San Bernardino women’s tennis players won four matches at the 109th Ojai Tennis Invitational this past weekend, competing in the Independent College singles and doubles divisions.
            However, none of the Coyotes players made it past the Round of 32.

            In singles, CSUSB won all three of its matches in the Round of 64. Senior Leslie Horn defeated Kyla Rowe of UC Santa Cruz, 6-3, 7-6 while freshman Janay Palicte downed Mean Dean of Occidental, 6-1, 6-0. Senior Dottie Elwell got past Nicole Harden of LaVerne, 6-1, 3-6, 10-5 (tiebreaker).

            In doubles, Elwell and Horn defeated the Occidental duo of Dean and Samantha Melero, 6-3, 6-0, to advance.

            In the round of 32 singles, Horn lost to the top player in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, Verena Priekscha of Cal State Stanislaus, 6-0, 6-0. Maria Klokotzky of Fresno Pacific downed Elwell, 6-0, 6-0. Bettina Radke of Hope International beat Palicte 6-1, 6-0.

            The doubles team of Elwell-Horn lost in the Round of 32 to Rachel Owens and Kristin Strimple of Point Loma Nazarene, 6-3, 6-0. The Owens-Strimple combo advanced to the championship match before losing.

            CSUSB’s freshman doubles team of Palicte and Allison Brooks didn’t make it out of the Round of 64, losing to the Chapman University team of Manon Pochet and Cassady Sirois, 6-3, 6-1.

            Palicte and Brooks finished the season with a 7-6 record in doubles while Palicte posted a 7-11 record in singles. Elwell finished the season with a 6-11 record in singles while Horn was 2-14 in singles.

            The Ojai pairing of Horn and Elwell in doubles was the first time they had played together all season.