Levinson Takes Third, Klein Wins Back Draw at Matador Invitational

Sharona Levinson (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Sharona Levinson (Photo by Tony Mastres)

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.- The UC Santa Barbara wrapped up the Matador Invitational on Sunday as red shirt Freshman Sharona Levinson placed third in her draw and Freshman Taylor Klein won the back draw.

On Saturday, Levinson and her doubles partner Kyla Jarrar defeated Arpe Bagumyan and Alexa Gregorian 8-2 and then went on to defeat Nava Nowamooz and Jessica Cramer of UC San Diego 8-5. On Sunday, the Gaucho duo lost 8-4 to Nowamooz and her new partner Shannon Theisen.

Freshman Taylor Klein lost her consolation doubles match with her partner Ella Monsey of Long Beach State by a score of 8-2 on Saturday and did not participate in doubles play on Sunday.

In singles on Saturday, Jarrar fell to Alex Weil of UC San Diego by a score of 6-2, 6-1 and then had to withdraw due to illness on Saturday.

Klein defeated Nowamooz by a score of 6-0, 6-2 on Saturday and went on to defeat her opponent from UC Riverside by a score of 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday to win the back draw.

Levinson lost to Alex Harrigan of UC Irvine on Saturday, but came back on Sunday and defeated Morgan Brower of South Dakota State in a tie breaker 7-6, 4-6, 10-3 to take third place.

Assistant coach Erica Cano was very pleased with the outcome of the weekend.

" Sharona and Kyla seemed to progress as the tourney went on," she said. "Taylor reall seemed to get in the match groove by the end of the tourney. We definitely are walking away with some things to work on, but feel good heading into the next tournament".

The next tournament for the Gauchos will take place on Nov. 5 as they head to Palos Verdes for the Jack Kramer Invite.