The UCSB women’s tennis team went 1-2 against the Arizona schools this weekend, notching a hard-fought 4-3 victory over Northern Arizona on Friday while losing to #52 Arizona 4-3 the following afternoon and being utterly dominated by #13 Arizona State in a 7-0 Sunday shutout.
After a solid home performance last week against Eastern Michigan, seniors Marta Simic and Charlotte Scatliffe stretched their doubles winning streak to six games against NAU (9-7 overall) with an 8-6 win over freshmen Orsi Golovics and Edit Suhajda in top-ranked doubles. Standout freshman Jill Damion and sophomore Asagi Onaga dropped second-seeded doubles 9-8 to Lumberjack freshman Amiee Oki and senior Stephanie Vallejos, but sophomore Tova Hausman and senior Brittany Kausen edged juniors Stacey Pinchbeck and Leslie Vial to clinch the doubles point in third-ranked doubles for the Gauchos after a 9-8 thriller.
In top-ranked singles, Simic outlasted Golovics 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, while Suhajda handled Damion 6-1, 6-4 in the second spot. Vallejos handed the usually steady Scatliffe an uncharacteristic 6-2, 6-1 loss in third-seeded singles, but Onaga rebounded from a slow start to come back against Pinchbeck 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the fourth spot. Hausman was able to seal the overall victory for UCSB with a 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory over junior Paij Porter, while freshman Kim Van Ginkel handed Kausen her fifth singles loss in six games 6-1, 6-1.
On Saturday, Simic and Scatliffe dropped their first doubles match of the season in a stunning 8-1 defeat at the hands of Arizona (7-6) juniors Danielle Steinberg and Claire Rietsch in top-ranked doubles, while Rietsch also contributed alongside her second-seeded doubles partner Natalia Toporowska in a 9-8 over Damion and Onaga. Hausman and Kausen combined for UCSB’s only doubles victory in a competitive 8-5 win over Arizona freshman Jane Huh and sophomore Ariana Masschelein.
Simic could not conquer the #60 player in the country in a 6-1, 6-4 loss to Steinberg in top-ranked singles, while Damion surprised Rietsch in a grueling 7-5, 7-6 (10-5) win in the two spot. Scatliffe and Onaga were victorious in the third and fourth spots, but the Wildcats sealed the match with wins over Hausman and Kausen in fifth- and sixth-seeded singles.
The Gauchos entered Tempe with a major upset on their minds, but were turned away point blank by #13 Arizona State (8-1) in a 7-0 shellacking which featured Simic and Scatliffe’s second-consecutive loss in the top-ranked doubles spot. Damion and Onaga lost their respective doubles match 8-3 to seniors Jessica Leitch and Wendy Pilecka, while Hausman and Kausen were shutout 8-0 in third-ranked doubles. The only Gaucho to win a set against one of the more dominant singles teams in the nation was Damion in a 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 loss to fellow freshmen Kelcy McKenna.
UCSB returns home this Tuesday to face-off against Georgia State at the Rob Gym Courts. First serve is set for 1:30 p.m.