INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Second seeded UC Santa Barbara defeated No.1 seed Hawaii 4-1, taking the Big West Conference title second year straight.
"I am so proud of my team for winning the Big West title second time in a row," said the head coach Simon Thibodeau. "It is very hard to get back to back titles, especially playing a tough and improved Hawaii team today."
Thibodeau also said that winning the doubles point was very helpful in every match this weekend.
Gauchos (17-9) won the doubles point as No.3 Stephanie Yamada and Natalie Da Silveira defeated Marina Hruba and Michelle Pits 7-5. Amanda Atanasson and Melissa Baker had a close match but fell to Cindy Nguyen and Klara Pribylova 7-6 (7-5) at No.2. The tandem of Palina Dubavets and Stefani Stojic had a neck and neck match and won against Petra Melounova and Roxanne Resma 7-6 (7-1) at No.1, giving UCSB the 1-0 lead in the match.
Hawaii started with the first point in singles as Nguyen defeated Da Silveira 6-3, 6-1 at No.2. UCSB did not lose its momentum as Stojic defeated Resma 6-4, 6-2 and Atanasson won against Nikola Dolakova 6-4, 6-3 at No.4 and No.5 respectively. Yamada closed out the match with a 6-4, 6-4 sweep of Pits at No.6. Dubavets and Gilbertson did not have chances to finish their matches.
"Every person on the team contributed significantly to this win," said Thibodeau. "We will be training hard these next 10 days in preparation for the NCAA tournament."
Big West Champions UCSB will automatically advance to the NCAA Tournament this spring. The team selection will be streamed on Tuesday, May 2, where UCSB's first round opponent will be revealed.
UC Santa Barbara 4, Hawaii 1
Indian Wells, California
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
April 30 2017
Doubles (Order to finish: 3, 2, 1)
Singles (Order to finish: 2, 4, 5, 6)
1. Petra Melounova (H) vs. Palina Dubavets (UCSB) 7-6 (7-5), 4-1 (unfinished)
2. Cindy Nguyen (H) def. Natalie Da Silveira (UCSB) 6-3, 6-1
3. Jaimee Gilbertson (UCSB) vs. Marina Hruba (H) 2-6, 6-4 (unfinished)
4. Stefani Stojic (UCSB) def. Roxanne Resma (H) 6-4, 6-2
5. Amanda Atanasson (UCSB) def. Nikola Dolakova (H) 6-4, 6-3
6. Stephanie Yamada (UCSB) def. Michelle Pits (H) 6-4, 6-4