SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara Women's Tennis team fell to No. 18 USC by a score of 5-2 at the Tennis Club of Santa Barbara.
"Tough and very close match against a strong USC team," said head coach Simon Thibodeau. "We were in every matches and probably deserved a better result in the end."
The day began with Gauchos walking away with its first doubles point. The tandem of Palina Dubavets and Stefani Stojic defeated Gabby Smith and Zoe Katz of USC 6-4. However, the two other Gaucho pairs fell to the Trojans as the duo of Jessica Failla and Rianna Valdes defeated Melissa Baker and Stephanie Yamada 6-4 and Angela Kulikov and Madison Westby took down Natalie Da Silveira and Jaimee Gilbertson 6-3.
Thibodeau also said that it is the team's first match and they will learn the lessons from this match.
Dubavets played No. 1 singles for UCSB and recorded a 6-4, 6-4 win over Katz. Dubavets was one of the two Gauchos that were able to achieve a singles win. Another was Da Silveira, who played a neck and neck match against USC's Valdes at No. 3 and finished with a 7-6(1), 7-6(4) victory.
The Trojans started the winning streak as Smith took down UCSB's Gilbertson at No. 2, 7-6(5), 6-0. Next off was Kulikov who defeated Baker at No. 5, 6-0, 7-6(4). USC continued its rout victory as Yamada fell to Sydney Van Alphen at No. 6 by a score of 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. At No. 4 Amanda Atanasson attempted to fight off Westby for the win but was defeated by a score of 6-7, 6-4, 7-5.
"I'm proud of our team," Thibodeau said. "It is a great group and our program is just getting better."
The Gauchos will head to Texas Tech for the second match of the season on Jan. 28 at 3:00 p.m.
USC 5, UC Santa Barbara 2
Tennis Club of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
Jan. 19, 2017
Doubles (Order of finish: 1,3,2)
Singles (Order of finish: 1,2,5,3,6,4)
1. Palina Dubavets (UCSB) def. Zoe Katz (USC) - 6-4, 6-4
2. Gabby Smith (USC) def. Jaimee Gilbertson (UCSB) - 7-6(5), 6-0
3. Natalie Da Silveira (UCSB) def. Rianna Valdes - (USC) - 7-6(1), 7-6(4)
4. Madison Westby (USC) def. Amanda Atanasson (UCSB) - 6-7, 6-4, 7-5
5. Angela Kulikov (USC) def. Melissa Baker (UCSB) - 6-0, 7-6(4)
6. Sydney Van Alphen (USC) def. Stephanie Yamada (UCSB) - 2-6, 6-3, 6-2