Gauchos Double-Down on Dons in Season Opener

Elizaveta Voldoko (Photo by Jeff Liang)
Elizaveta Voldoko (Photo by Jeff Liang)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.- In the first meeting of dual match season, the UC Santa Barbara women's tennis team dictated from the get-go against University of San Francisco as the Gauchos took a 5-2 win with dominant doubles play.

All three Gaucho pairs took home wins in doubles play to set the tone for UCSB, and four singles wins for the Gauchos sealed off the victory to improve to 1-0 after the season opener.

Captain Amit Lev Ari and Elizaveta Volodko ripped through Mya Bui and Emily Maxfield with a 6-0 sweep on court one while Anastasia Goncharova and Dominika Paterova did the same against Rita Colyer and Arianna Capogrosso to secure the doubles point. 

Rounding off doubles play, Tiffany Lagarde and Shakhnoza Khatamova overcame Chiho Mushika and Alicia Yue with a 7-5 final to complete the doubles sweep. 

Lagarde's thrilling day of play didn't stop after doubles. In the sophomore's singles meeting against Capogrosso, the second-year Gaucho finished off her opponent in the third set with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 triumph to culminate the day for UCSB. Lagarde's win was a fearsome rebuttal after initially slipping up against Capogrosso during tournament season.  

Lev Ari and Juliana Valero shined in singles play with two-set sweeps on courts one and six respectively. In her second match of the day against Bui, Lev Ari slumped her opponent with a 6-1, 6-1 win minutes after Juliana Valero rolled passed Yue with a 6-1, 6-2 finish. 

To clinch the Gaucho victory, Volodko held off Colyer with a 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 comeback victory to deliver the opening day win for Santa Barbara. 

Both Volodko and Goncharova sat out of tournament play during the first half of the year, but an undefeated day during their season debut signals that they're ready to go heading into dual match season. 

Khatamova and Paterova suffered the sole two losses of the day for UCSB in three-set thrillers that fell just out of reach. Khatamova was downed by Mushika 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 on court five while Paterova fell to Maxfield 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 on court two. 

The Gauchos now shift their focus to No. 16 Florida State who they'll face during ITA Kickoff weekend in Tallahassee, Fla. on Saturday, January 25.

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Match Results:

UC Santa Barbara 5, University of San Francisco 2

Jan. 18, 2020 at Santa Barbara, Calif.

Doubles Competition:

1. Amit Lev Ari/Elizaveta Volodko (UCSB) d. Mya Bui/Emily Maxfield (USF) 6-0

2.. Anastasia Goncharova/Dominika Paterova (UCSB) d. Rita Colyer/Arianna Capogrosso (USF) 6-0

3. Tiffany Lagarde/Shakhnoza Khatamova (UCSB) d. Chiho Mushika/Alicia Yue (USF) 7-5

Singles Competition:

1. Amit Lev-Ari (UCSB) def. Mya Bui (USF) 6-1, 6-1

2. Emily Maxfield (USF) def. Dominika Paterova (UCSB) 2-6, 6-2, 7-5

3. Elizaveta Volodko (UCSB) def. Rita Colyer (USF) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4

4. Tiffany Lagarde (UCSB) def. Arianna Capogrosso (USF) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

5.  Chiho Mushika (USF) def. Shakhnoza Khatamova (UCSB) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4

6. Juliana Valero (UCSB) def. Alicia Yue (USF) 6-1, 6-2

Match Notes:

UC Santa Barbara 1-0 overall

University of San Francisco 0-1 overall

Order of Finish: Doubles (1, 2, 3) Singles (6, 1, 3, 5, 2, 4)