When Serena Rittmayer, Santa Monica College women's tennis coach, saw how many players turned out for her team, she probably wondered if all the cards had been dealt.
Rittmayer had just five players.
Contests generally call for six singles matches and three doubles. So the Lady Corsairs went into their matches giving other squads an 0-2 advantage because they didn't have a sixth singles player or a third doubles team.
If the deck was stacked against SMC, however, the team still had a few aces who carried the team to a Metropolitan Conference championship, second place in the Southern California half of the state championships and a runner-up spot in the state individual finals for sophomore Julie Frasier, the squad's No. 1 singles player.
In the state individual finals at Chabot College in Hayward, Frasier lost in the finals to Michele Hain of Riverside Community College, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6. Earlier, Rittmayer said, Frasier defeated favored Becky Barmore of Orange Coast, 6-3, 6-4.