Yamada-Goncharova Reach Doubles’ Semifinals at Jack Kramer Invitational

Stephanie Yamada (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Stephanie Yamada (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif. Following a steady start to the Jack Kramer Invitational, the UC Santa Barbara women's tennis team saw its run come to an end on Saturday evening as the pairs team of Goncharova-Yamada was eliminated in the semifinals.

Senior captain Stephanie Yamada collaborated with freshman phenom Anastasia Goncharova to earn the tournament No. 4 seed including a bye in the opening round. Goncharova-Yamada knocked out UC Riverside's Tia Elpusan and Sara Khattab with a 10-8; 6-3 triumph in the Round of 16 to leap into the Quarterfinals.

Looking to build on their early success, Goncharova and Yamada pulld out and 8-5 victory over the pairs team of Heynemans-Van Aelst from University of Arizona to advance into the Semifinals of the Southern California based tournament. The duo matched up against the No.1 seeded Baylor sophomore tandem comprised of Livia Kraus and Kristina Sorokolet.

No. 1 Kraus-Sorokolet dropped the high-flying Gaucho duo in a tight 8-6 thriller as Goncharova-Yamada were the final two UCSB players standing by Day 3. In the Round of 16, Santa Barbara's Tiffany Lagarde and Elizaveta Volodko also suffered a loss at the hands of No. 1 Kraus-Sorokolet with 8-2 defeat that shut the door on their tournament run.

Lagarde-Volodko knocked out the pairs team of Anderson-Morales out of University of San Diego with an 8-5 victory in the Round of 16 after both pairs earned a bye in the opening round.

Amit Lev-Ari teamed up with junior Juliana Valero, but the pair suffered a tough draw as they faced Pepperdine No. 3 seed Iamachkine-Milovanovic who eliminated Lev-Ari-Valero with an 8-3 finish in the Round of 16.

With Dominika Paterova out for the Gauchos, sophomore Lise Sentenac paired with Pepperdine junior Adrijana Lekaj. The duo powered through Riverside's Gelinas-Silpachai with an 8-3 victory in the Round of 16 to move into the Quarterfinals. Matched up against UCLA's No. 2 Andrews-Broomfield, Sentenac and Lekaj suffered an 8-1 loss in the Quarterfinals as they saw their non-traditional tournament run come to an end.

Sentenac was one of the few to play in the Round of 64 in the Singles Bracket as she dominated with a 6-1; 6-0 win against Baylor's Katelyn Parker. However, in the following round, Sentenac didn't have the same luck as she dropped a 6-4; 7-6 loss to UCLA's Gabrielle Andrews.

Juliana Valero and No. 8 Elizaveta Volodko also lost in the round of 32 following their first-round byes. Valero fell behind early with a 6-2; 6-2 loss to Genevieve Zeidan from Cal State Fullerton while No. 8 Volodko contested USD's Sophia Chow in a hard-fought 4-6; 6-4; 6-1 defeat.

Junior Amit Lev-Ari had an impressive win in the Round of 32 as she finished off San Diego's Nicole Anderson with a commanding 6-1; 6-1 win. Lev-Ari faced off against No. 2 Adrijana Lekaj in the Round of 16 as she dropped a relinquished a 6-0; 6-3 loss to the No. 2 seeded Lekaj.

Freshman standout Tiffany Lagarde had similar luck in her draws as she readily displaced UCR sophomore Tia Elpusan with a 6-0; 6-3 sweep in the Round of 32. Lagarde faced off against Pepperdine's No. 7 Dzina Milovanovic in the Round of 16 as she squandered a 6-4; 6-3 loss.

Anastasia Goncharova, Lagarde's freshman counterpart, dominated in a two-set win against Fullerton's Masako Makiba before moving on to face USC's Alexa Corcoleotes in the Round of 16. Goncharova dropped a stout contest to Corcoleotes with a 7-6; 3-6; 7-5 loss.

Captain Stephanie Yamada had major success when paired with Goncharova in the Doubles Bracket this weekend. In her first solo match of the tournament, Yamada knocked out freshman Csenge Furak from University of Arizona with a 6-2; 7-6 edge over the Hungarian native in the Round of 32.

Yamada had an unlucky draw in the Round of 16 as overall No. 1 seed Livia Kraus downed the senior captain with consecutive 6-0 sets.

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