Women's tennis team beats Saddleback, 8-1, to open OEC play

Women's tennis team beats Saddleback, 8-1, to open OEC play

Irvine Valley women's tennis team opened Orange Empire Conference play with another win on Thursday afternoon at home.

The Lasers defeated Saddleback, 8-1, for their third consecutive victory.

IVC improved its record to 5-1 overall.

Irvine Valley won five of six singles contests and all three doubles matches. The Lasers picked up default wins at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles.

Freshman Halla Alajeely continued to look impressive for the Lasers. She stayed unbeaten on the season with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Jackie Melkonian at No. 1 singles.

Sophomore Fiorella Dreux (6-3, 6-1), freshman Anna Krechetova (6-3, 6-4) and freshman Abigail Perez (6-3, 6-1) also picked up straight-set victories for the Lasers in singles action.

In doubles, IVC's top team of Alajeely and Dreux defeated Melknonian and Kristina Parks, 8-3, and the No. 2 Laser team of Hedayati and Perez won, 8-5, over Sydney Page and Bailey Donine.

Irvine Valley plays again next Tuesday at Orange Coast at 2 p.m. The two teams tied for the conference title last season and Orange Coast ended up going on to take the CCCAA state title.


1) Halla Alajeely (IVC) def. Jackie Melkonian (SC), 6-0, 6-1

2) Kristina Parks (SC) def. Ariana Hedayati (IVC), 6-2, 4-4 retired

3) Fiorella Dreux (IVC) def. Sydney Page (SC), 6-3, 6-1

4) Anna Krechetova (IVC) def. Bailey Donine (SC), 6-3, 6-4

5) Abigail Perez (IVC) def. Abril Marziali (SC), 6-3, 6-1

6) Lauren MacDonnell (IVC) won by default


1) Alajeely/Dreux (IVC) def. Melkonian/Parks (SC), 8-3

2) Hedayati/Perez (IVC) def. Page/Donine (SC), 8-5

3) Krechetova/MacDonnell (IVC) won by default