February 25, 2012

Gauchos Top Pacific 6-1, Remain Unbeaten in Big West Play

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara women's tennis team remained unbeaten in Big West play on Saturday with a 6-1 win over visiting University of the Pacific.

The Gauchos (3-7 overall, 2-0 in the Big West) won a hard fought doubles point, despite losing at the No. 1 slot.  At No. 2, freshman April Scatliffe teamed with Natalia Lozano for an 8-5 win over the Tigers' Summer Irvin and Gergana Boncheva, clinching the point.  Playing No. 3, Erica Cano and Sofia Novak topped Susan Te and Regina Suarez, 8-6.

In singles, Cano stepped in for Jordan Dockendorf who was forced to the sidelines because she was too ill to continue after her No. 1 doubles match.  Cano won her match at No. 6 in a 6-1, 6-3 sweep over Regina Suarez.  The Gauchos also won at No. 1, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5.

Lozano won a tight contest at No. 1, defeating Iveta Masarova, 6-4, 7-6 (5).  At No. 3, Kiersten Meehan swept past Te, 6-3, 6-2 and at No. 4, Scatliffe easily cruised past Boncheva, 6-1, 6-1.  Lozano's win was the match clincher.  At No. 5, Paola Cos walloped Summer Irvin, 6-1, 6-0.

UCSB returns to action on Monday, Feb. 27 when it hosts St. John's in a 1:30 p.m. match at the Robertson Gymnasium Courts.

Final Score:

UCSB 4, Pacific 3

Doubles
1. Iveta Masarova/Julia Hansen (PAC) def. Kiersten Meehan/Jordan Dockendorf (UCSB) 8-4
2. April Scatliffe/Natalia Lozano (UCSB) def. Summer Irvin/Gergana Boncheva (PAC) 8-5
3. Erica Cano/Sofia Novak (UCSB) def. Susan Te/Regina Suarez (PAC) 8-6

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2.

Singles
1. Natalia Lozano (UCSB) def. Iveta Masarova (PAC) 6-4, 7-6 (5)
2. Julia Hansen (PAC) def. Sofia Novak (UCSB) 5-7, 7-5 (6)
3. Kiersten Meehan (UCSB) def. Susan Te (PAC) 6-3, 6-2.
4. April Scatliffe (UCSB) def Gergana Boncheva (PAC) 6-1, 6-1
5. Paola Cos (UCSB) def. Summer Irvin (PAC) 6-1, 6-0.
6. Erica Cano (UCSB) def. Regina Suarez (PAC) 6-1, 6-3.

Order of Finish: 4, 5, 3, 6, 1, 2

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