Bakersfield College women's tennis dominating the CCCAA

Posted at 5:43 AM, Mar 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-16 18:30:26-04

The Bakersfield College women's tennis team has been making some noise in the CCCAA. 

They are currently 15-3 on the season, coming a long way in the past few years. 

Head Coach Nick Loudermilk came to Bakersfield College two years ago, when the program was struggling and could barely put a team of six together for games.

"It was just a lot of hard work, " Loudermilk said. "This last year with all of these girls, I've worked with them off the court more than any other group I've ever had before. The extra time that they're putting in, the extra time that I'm putting in has really showed."

The team is currently first place in the western state division of the CCCAA, but one thing that might be more impressive than that, is all of the girls are from Kern County.

"It says that what we're doing is kind of unheard of," Loudermilk said about recruiting. "You look across the board at all of the teams we're playing and you see names that you can't even pronounce. You see players that are coming in from out of state. We're doing this all locally."

On top of that, all of the girls say they are best friends and the chemistry is great.

"Honestly we are all super close," freshman tennis player Paige Darstein said. "I've known a lot of the girls before I came onto the team, but they were opponents before and now they're teammates and the chemistry there is different."

You can catch the girls in action this afternoon at Bakersfield College. They will be taking on Santa Monica at 2:00 p.m.