The UCSB women’s tennis team had no problem beating UC Davis to open Big West play at home on Friday, but could not achieve the same results in a makeup match against Fresno Pacific on Sunday. UCSB swept all three doubles matches and won four of the six singles matches to beat Davis by a score of 5-2, but the score was flipped on Sunday when UCSB lost to Fresno 2-5.
The Gauchos gained momentum from the start against Davis, as their strong doubles teams exhibited their ability to dominate matches, easily winning all three matches to give the doubles point to Santa Barbara. Playing in the #1 doubles spot, sophomores Natalia Lozano and Jordan Dockendorf won their match 8-2. At the #2 position seniors Asagi Onaga and Bryanna Ojeda won by a score of 8-4 and, playing at #3, junior Tova Hausman and sophomore Sofia Novak defeated their opponents 8-2.
“We played really well in doubles,” Head Coach Pete Kirkwood said. “Getting that point was just what we needed.”
The Gauchos had no trouble closing out the match in the singles, despite losing matches at the first and second positions. UCD’s Desiree Stone beat Lozano 7-5, 6-2 at the #1 spot and Dahra Zamudio defeated Novak 6-0, 6-3.
However, the women were able to win the other four matches to clench the win for UCSB. Making her debut at #3 singles, Dockendorf had little trouble, winning by a score of 6-3, 6-2. At #4 singles, freshman Annabel Gledden won her match 6-3, 6-1. At the #6 spot Ojeda gave the Gauchos another point, winning 6-2, 6-1. Closing out the match was Hausman, who came from behind to beat her opponent 3-6, 6-4, (1-0)(10-7).
“Davis is a good team,” Kirkwood said. “But we were glad to be playing at home. We played eight of nine on the road to prepare for this and it paid off.”
In a makeup for a match that was rained out earlier this season, the Fresno Pacific Sunbirds proved too much to handle for Santa Barbara. In doubles play, the Gauchos were edged out of the point by strong play from two of the Sunbird doubles teams. Making her return from injury, junior Jill Damion and partner Hausman easily won their match 8-2, but UCSB was unable to win either of the remaining two doubles matches, giving the doubles point to Fresno. Lozano and Dockendorf lost 6-8 and the team of Ojeda and Onaga fell by a close score of 7-9.
In singles play, the Gauchos won just two of six matches. Dockendorf captured her second singles win of the weekend at the #3 position, beating her opponent 6-4, 6-1. Hausman provided the other point for the team, winning her match at the #6 position 6-0, 6-4.
“Number three singles has been a trouble spot for us” Kirkwood said. “To win there [this weekend] was a real bright spot.”