On Senior Day for the UCSB women’s tennis team, the whole team dominated en route to a 7-0 win over UC Riverside after defeating Cal State Fullerton 6-1 on Saturday in Fullerton. The Gauchos end the regular season at 10-13 overall (5-3 in the Big West) and finish the year with a 7-2 home record as the Big West Tournament awaits.
“I’m sad to leave, but I’ve really enjoyed these four years,” senior Natalia Lozano said. “I feel like everyone has grown and matured a lot, so I’m happy … I think everyone feels good about their games, and we have time to work on a few things, like doubles, and make sure we get that point.”
After Santa Barbara picked up the doubles point against Riverside (3-13 overall, 0-7 Big West), Lozano and fellow seniors Sofia Novak and Jordan Dockendorf were the first off the courts with straight set wins. Novak won 6-3, 6-2; Lozano won 6-0, 6-2; and Dockendorf won 6-2, 6-0.
“It’s a good day, and it’s sad, but it hasn’t really hit me yet,” Dockendorf said. “To win 7-0 is a big confidence boost; it’ll set us up for better seeding.”
Sophomores Paola Cos and Casey Reede also won in just two sets. The Highlanders came closest to earning a point in the match with freshman April Scatliffe, but she ultimately clinched the sweep for UCSB with a 6-4, 5-7 (10-4) win.
“It’s a good feeling to end on a good note,” Novak said. “Big West is gonna be different because of the conditions out there; it’s tough, it’s the desert. But everybody’s in tip-top shape, which is what we need to be out there all day.”
On Saturday, the Gauchos’ 6-1 win at Fullerton dropped the Titans to 6-10 (0-5). UCSB won No. 2 and 3 doubles to claim the first point and then won all the singles matches except No. 1. Reede was inserted into the singles lineup for an injured Kiersten Meehan and swept court No. 6 by a mark of 6-1, 6-3. Meehan did play on the No. 3 doubles team in both matches over the weekend but did not partake in singles play.
“I expect [Kiersten] to be 100 percent by then,” interim Head Coach Charlotte Scatliffe said. “She was taking it easy today … it’s just something that we play through. So having a 7-0 win against any conference team is huge, and I think we’re feeling as good as ever at this point.”
UCSB will now prepare for the Big West Tournament to take place April 26 to 29 in Indian Wells, Calif. The Gauchos are currently in fourth place but have to wait for the rest of the conference to finish league play before knowing their final seeding.