The Bakersfield College Women's Tennis Team opens their 2017 season with a home match against NAIA school Hope International at 1pm with a lot of new faces, and a new number one in the lineup, at least to start.
"It's just who fits better at the top right now," second-year Coach Nick Loudermilk said, "Alot of my players are interchangable players, so I can put them at differnt spots in the lineup, and that's what I'm going to do for the first half fo the season until I get it right. But until we reach the halfway point of the season, this is an experimental phase."
2016's #1 Riley Tucker will play in the #2 spot today, while Freshman Paige Darstein (Independence) will play in the #1 spot.
Darstein led Independence High School to the 2016 SYL Title with a 10-0 record. She accumulated a 19-1 record in regular season play as a Senior.
Tucker was the #4 seed in tehWestern State Conference in Singles last season, and the #2 conference seed in doubles with partner Kaylee Defrees. Tucker is ranked in teh top 45 in the state, and 20th with her doubles partner.
Bakersfield and Hope International square off at 1pm in the Bakersfield College Tennis Courts.