SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara Women's Tennis team defeated a Big West Conference opponent Cal State Fullerton by a score of 4-1.
"We defeated a good conference opponent," said the head coach Simon Thibodeau. "We bounced back well in singles after being a little off on the fundamentals in doubles. We handled the windy conditions very well."
The Gauchos opened up the doubles match with a win as the doubles tandem of Natalie Da Silveira and Stephanie Yamada defeated Pham and Makiba by a score of 6-2 at No.3. However, Cal State Fullerton fought back as No.2 Nuno and Portalatin defeated Amanda Atanasson and Stefani Stojic 6-4 and Palina Dubavets and Melissa Baker fell to Valenzuela and De Lon 6-4 at No.1.
In singles, UCSB women's tennis team fought back as No.3 Jaimee Gilbertson defeated Portalatin 6-3, 6-4 and No.4 Stojic defeated Nuno 6-3, 6-3. Next, Atanasson won against Makiba 6-3, 6-4 at No.5. At No.6, Baker had a neck and neck match against Pham and won by a score of 6-1, 5-7, 6-0. Dubavets and Da Silveira did not have chances to finish their matches.
The Gauchos will remain on their home court and play against UC Irvine on April 9 at 11:00 a.m.
UC Santa Barbara 4, CSU Fullerton 1
Santa Barbara, California
April 8 2017
Doubles (Order to finish: 3, 2, 1)
Singles (Order to finish: 3, 4, 5, 6)
1. Palina Dubavets vs. Valenzuela 7-6, 4-6, 0-1
2. Natalie Da Silveira vs. De Leon 7-6, 3-6, 4-2
3. Jaimee Gilbertson def. Portalatin 6-3, 6-4
4. Stefani Stojic def. Nuno 6-3, 6-3
5. Amanda Atanasson def. Makiba 6-3, 6-4
6. Melissa Baker def. Pham 6-1, 5-7, 6-0