The UCSB women’s tennis team had no problem defeating CSU Bakersfield in a home match on Sunday, winning easily with a score of 7-0. The Gauchos were well-rested and ready to go, as their Saturday match against Fresno Pacific was postponed due to rain.
After starting the season 0-3, the women showed just how dominant they can be, not dropping a single set to Bakersfield all match long. In singles, sophomore Sofia Novak, senior Asagi Onaga and senior Bryanna Ojeda all won their matches without dropping a game. Novak, Onaga and Ojeda played at the No. 1, 3 and 6 singles positions, respectively.
“I really wanted to get it done and show what I’m capable of,” Ojeda, who didn’t drop a game in singles or doubles, said.
The rest of the singles players won their matches almost as convincingly. No. 2 singles player sophomore Natalia Lozano played well to beat Ashlee Thorneycroft, 6-1, 6-2. No. 4 singles player freshman Annabel Gledden defeated Julian Mannix with an identical score, 6-1, 6-2. Gledden has now won three of her first four matches as a Gaucho. No. 5 singles player sophomore Jordan Dockendorf kept up her solid play and knocked off Gabriela Horton, 6-1, 6-1.
“It’s really easy to lose focus and lose games,” Ojeda said. “It was good to see that none of us lost our focus or concentration.”
Santa Barbara was equally dominant in the doubles matches. Lozano and Dockendorf defeated Mannix and Veronica Dimas (8-1), Ojeda and Onaga played very well together, easily beating Sara Mijwel and Julie Hutton (8-0), and senior Tova Hausman and Novak defeated Thorneycroft and Horton (8-2).
“We have some tough competition and our schedule is harder than last year so it’s good to have some confidence,” Ojeda said. “We’re just really coming together and it’s good.”
The Gauchos’ next match will be Friday on the road against Santa Clara. The rainout against Fresno will be rescheduled at a date still to be determined.