SANTA BARBARA, Calif.- The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (1-4) split their Saturday double header defeating the Memphis Tigers (1-5) by a 4-0 score and falling to the No. 74 Washington State Cougars (10-0) in a close 4-3 final.
While the defeat of Memphis gave UCSB their first win of the season, the loss to Washington State makes it the fourth time this season, and the third time at home, that the Gauchos have lost by a 4-3 tally.
The morning got match against Memphis got off to a slow start as the courts were dampened thanks to a morning mist that came and went throughout the mid morning. Finally, at 11am, warm -ups began.
Santa Barbara didn't let the wet courts throw off their game, as they dominated play from the start. Lou Adler and Amanda Atanasson blanked their opponents Gaby Paul and Tara McElroy 6-0 to start off the morning for the Gauchos. Newly ranked #10 Palina Dubavets and Stefani Stojic showed why they were one of the top doubles teams in the nations, defeating Hanna Sohn and Tanina Berres 6-0, clinching the doubles point.
Tojic hoped onto court two and was able to get the job done in a timely manner, defeating Kat Hughes 6-1, 6-1. Natalie Da Silveira took down Memphis' Paul 6-3, 6-1 and Jaimee Gilbertson clinched the win for the Gauchos with her 6-1, 6-3 win over Memphis' Berres.
With the win, the Gauchos were able to get some rest before their match against Washington State, while Memphis had to stay on court to take on the Cougars.
For their match against Washington State, the Gauchos travelled over to Elings Park in Santa Barbara, a change of scenery from their normal home on the UCSB campus.
The Gauchos walked away from the doubles portion of the match with the point for the second day in a row, as Adler and Atanasson defeated Barbora Michalkova and Aneta Miksovska 6-1, while Dubavets held her serve on court one to give Stojic and herself the 6-4 win on court one. Gilbertson and Stephanie Yamada came up short in between the two Gaucho wins, falling to Maria Biryukova and Trang Huynh 6-4.
It was a night of teeter-tottering as both teams exhanged wins all the way up until the deciding match on court five.
First off was Dubavets, who put the Gauchos up 2-0 with her 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Biryukorva. Dubavets trailed just once during her match during the second set when she fell behind early 0-1.
Seconds after, Stojic was unable to get the victory, losing to Donika Bashota 6-4, 6-1. The win for Bashota gave them their first point of the night, making it 2-1 in favor of UCSB.
All of the remaining matches took three sets to decide.
Gilbertson was involved in a long and intense match. She fell behind early in her first set was unable to claw her way back in. However, momentum changed in Gilbertson's favor and she was able to take the second set. Huynh proved to be too much in the end, and Gilbertson fell by a final score of 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, tying the match up a 2-2.
Melissa Baker, who was only able to get two games in during the match against Memphis, fell behind early in her match. Just as Gilbertson did, Baker was able to take the second set but fell fast in the third, losing 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 to Lize Leenknecht on court six. The Cougars took the 3-2 lead.
Adler gave the Gauchos hope on court three. Despite losing her first set, Adler was able to win 8 straight games to end the second set and begin the third. She battled her way to a 6-5 lead in the third, ultimately taking the set, and the match win over Michalkova by a score of 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. The match was knotted at 3-3, and the crowd rushed over to court five to witness the finale.
Da Silveira lost her first set as she was unable to grab the lead. In the second set, after many disputed line calls and the requesting of on court referees, the Gaucho kept the match alive with a close 7-5 win. With momentum on her side, she was able to start the match with a 1-1 tie, but was unable to get another game after that. Da Silviera fell to Miksovska 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, and the Gauchos lost yet another match by a score of 4-3.
The Gauchos plan to regroup and come out strong tomorrow, Sunday as they host Big West opponent UC Davis at 12pm at the Rec Center courts.