Women's tennis player Halla Alajeely makes semis at Ojai

Women's tennis player Halla Alajeely makes semis at Ojai

Irvine Valley freshman women's tennis player Halla Alajeely reached the semifinals in singles at the Ojai 118th Annual Tournament over the weekend.

Alajeely, who was one of the No. 1 seeds, received a bye in the first round and then cruised in her next four matches, dropping just three games in eight sets. She defeated fifth-seeded Petra Such of Cerritos, 6-2, 6-0, in the quarterfinals.

But Alajeely lost a close match in the semifinals. She fell to Sandra Dafinescu of De Anza, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Dafinescu lost in the final to Cerritos' Ksenila Prokopchuk.

IVC sophomore Fiorella Dreux won her first match in straight sets before losing to fourth-seeded Claudia Stepien of College of the Desert, 1-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Alajeely and Dreux reached the quarterfinals in women's doubles.

The duo won three matches in all.

Alajeely and Dreux, who were seeded second, defeated Solano's Camile Contawe and Jyne Velono, 6-1, 6-0, in the round of 32, and then topped Glendale's Sabrina Subero and Miah Webbk, 6-2, 4-6, 10-5, in the round of 16.

Alajeely and Dreux lost a tough match in the quarterfinals, falling to the third-seeded team of Evan Spindler and Lilana Spindler, 6-1, 5-7, 11-9.

Spindler and Spindler ended up reaching the finals before losing.

Irvine Valley's team of freshman Anna Kretchetova and sophomore Lauren MacDonnell won a match before losing in the round of 32.