The College of the Redwoods women’s tennis team is sending two freshmen players on to the Regional tournament later this month, and the Corsairs will compete in both the singles and doubles brackets.
Former Del Norte Warrior Jasmine Pearson and former Fortuna Husky Emily Laursen both qualified for the postseason tournament after strong showings at last week’s conference championships.
In Tennis, the Corsairs compete in the Big 8 North Conference, and Pearson won her opening two matches at last week’s tourney to reach the quarterfinals at No. 1 singles, which qualified her for the Regionals.
Pearson’s only loss came against the top seed.
She also teamed with Laursen in the doubles tournament, falling to an American River duo after an opening round bye.
Pearson and Laursen, however, automatically qualified for the Regionals after securing the No. 3 seed for the conference tournament, which they earned courtesy of two impressive victories over Folsom Lake this season.
All in all, it has been an impressive debut campaign for the Redwoods women’s team, which finished 3-3 in the regular season and placed third in conference, behind only Sierra and American River.
And head coach Jason Maki was delighted with the progress his players showed this spring.
“My biggest takeaway from the season is just the improvement they made in such a short time,” he said. “And that’s all predicated on their hard work.”
And the CR women should only continue to get better.
“My top four are all coming back next season, which is pretty exciting,” Maki said.
If the CR women reach the quarterfinals at the Regionals, they will qualify for the state tournament in Bakersfield.
The Regionals will take place at West Valley College in San Jose on April 29 and 30.