Story and photo by Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information Director
College of the Canyons hosted its first women's tennis match in school history, with head coach Patty LaBat and the Cougars taking the court vs. defending state champion Orange Coast College in a historic day for the COC Athletic Department.
The all-freshman Canyons squad lost the match 9-0 in front of a crowd of more than 50 students, staff members and tennis supporters who were on hand to witness the first outing in the Cougars' inaugural season.
Meanwhile, the duo of Figalan and Jenny Cranert won a game in doubles competition, before eventually falling 8-1.
"We got beat really bad that first time out, but Orange Coast is the top of the top in California," said LaBat. "I can see the potential in our girls though."
Full match results are listed below:
1. Jenny Cranert (COC) lost to Miri Inoue (OCC) — 6-0, 6-0
2. Marisa Wambolt (COC) lost to Camryn Mason (OCC) — 6-2, 6-2
3. Leilani Figalan (COC) lost to JoAnn Taylor (OCC) — 6-3, 6-1
4. Brienna Best (COC) lost to Sara Le Boulenge (OCC) — 6-0, 6-0
5. Brenda Aguilar (COC) lost to Claire Boettcher (OCC) — 6-0, 6-0
6. Ruth Kedrowski (COC) lost to Samantha Newhall (OCC) — 6-0, 6-0
1. Figalan/Cranert (COC) lost to Taylor/Le Boulenge (OCC) — 8-1
2. Wambolt/Best (COC) lost to Boettcher/Newhall (OCC) — 8-0
The Cougars will play a total of 16 matches in 2018, including Friday's non-conference event vs. Orange Coast.
Canyons will return to action vs. College of the Sequoias on Saturday, Feb. 3, before hosting conference opponent Antelope Valley College at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6.
Stay up to date on all this season's action by following the College of the Canyons Athletic department on social media at @COCathletics on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.