UCSB's Fall Trek Continues, Will Play at Jack Kramer Invitational

Elizaveta Volodko
Elizaveta Volodko

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Following a week and a half's layoff of no competition, the fall season picks back up for the UCSB women's tennis team this week.

Running from Thursday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 5, the Jack Kramer Invitational is the next pit stop for the Gauchos, who once again will have its entire team on the road to compete in the tournament's Women's Open Singles and Open Doubles flights.

With the fall serving as a time for players to develop a playing rhythm, and for coaches to analyze the each athlete's strengths and weaknesses; head coach Simon Thibodeau once again decided to swap partners around for doubles play.

UCSB has a total of three doubles pairs participating in the Jack Kramer Invitational – No. 2 seeded Palina Dubavets and Elizaveta Volodko, Natalie Da Silveira and Amit Lev Ari, along with Amanda Atanasson and Stephanie Yamada.

Lise Sentenac will be the lone Gaucho to not compete in doubles play.

The duo of Dubavets and Volodko creates a freshman-senior partnership consisting of youth and experience. Although Dubavets just made her fall debut in the team's previous tournament, Volodko has played in each tournament and has shown more of a veteran keenness that has outshined her rookie status.

All three of UCSB's doubles pairs received a Round of 32 bye and have automatically advanced to the Round of 16.

Dubavets and Volodko are set to play at 4 p.m. against the winner of Loyola Marymount's Siobhhan Anderson and Anna Romeka or Georgetown University's Casey Marx and Risa Nakagawa.

Scheduled for a matchup at the same time is Atanasson and Yamada. Santa Barbara's pair will end up facing the winner of the contest between the University of Oregon's Julia Eshet and Daniela Nasser or Northwestern University's Inci Ogut and Caroline Pozo.

Playing an hour later at 5 p.m. will be Da Silveira and Lev Ari. They will either take on Brigham Young University's Madeline Almeida and Katie Fitt or Georgetown's Daphne De Chatellus and Drew Spinosa.

UCSB's entire roster will partake in the invite's singles bracket. Similar to doubles play, both Dubavets and Volodko are the only Gauchos to receive a seeding.

One ranking separates the two with Volodko as the No. 4 seed, while Dubavets came in at No. 5.

Both will sit out the Round of 64 as a result of a bye, and will not play in any singles bouts until Friday. Volodko will be in action beginning at 9 a.m., while Dubavets is scheduled for an 8 a.m. start time.

The remainder of UCSB's players will play in the first round of the day one main draws.

For UC Santa Barbara, opening day of the Jack Kramer Invitational involves Sentenac taking on Northwestern's Ogut at 1 p.m.

The UCSB-Northwestern duel will continue at noon when Yamada and Caroline Pozo face off against one another.

Day one will also lead to a head-to-head matchup of Da Silveira representing the Gauchos against LMU's Yesica De Lucas.  

Santa Barbara's earlier matchups contain the presence of both Atanasson and Lev Ari. Atanasson will begin her singles play against the University of Washington's Vanessa Wong.

At the same time, UCSB's Lev Ari will be attempt to advance to the Round of 32 in her match versus BYU's Anastasia Abramyan.

With a full sleight ahead of itself, UCSB will look to build off its doubles finals appearance at the ITA Southwest Regionals. It will hope the same will translate into improvements within singles play, which has been a weakness this fall.