Gauchos Improve to 6-1 in Big West With 5-2 Win over Fullerton

Natalie Da Silveira (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Natalie Da Silveira (Photo by Tony Mastres)

FULLERTON, Calif.- The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (13-7) took down the Cal State Fullerton Titans (17-4) by a score of 5-2 on Sunday.

The Gauchos improved to 6-1 in Big West play, handing the Titan's their first Big West loss in the process.

The Gauchos grabbed the doubles point to start off their morning, receiving wins from courts two and three. No. 15 Stefani Stojic and Palina Dubavets lost their second match in a row on court one. Lou Adler and Amanda Atanasson took down Sarah Nuno and Danielle Pham 7-5 on court three, and Melissa Baker and Stephanie Yamada got the job done on court two defeating Masako Makiba and Karla Portalatin 7-6(2) to secure the doubles point.

In singles, Stojic redeemed her doubles loss with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Portalatin on court three to give the Gauchos the 2-0 lead. Fullerton put their first point on the board soon after as Alexis Valenzuela defeated Adler 6-2, 6-1 on court one.

Dubavets then gave the Gauchos their third point as she took down Nuno 6-1, 6-4 on court two. Atanasson clinched the win for the Gauchos on court five with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Makiba, however, the other courts continued play.

With the Gauchos up 4-1, Camille De Leon gave the Titan's their last point of the day as she defeated Jaimee Gilbertson 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 on court five.

Natalie Da Silveira ended the match with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Pham, solidifying the 5-2 Gaucho victory.

The Gauchos will look to improve upon their 6-1 Big West record on April 16 as they march into San Luis Obispo to take on their Blue/Green rivals Cal Poly for their last Big West match of the season. That match will take place at 10 AM in San Luis Obispo.


UC Santa Barbara vs Cal State Fullerton

Apr 10, 2016 at Fullerton, Calif.

(Titan Tennis Courts)


UC Santa Barbara 5, Cal State Fullerton 2


Singles competition

1. Alexis Valenzuela (CSF) def. Lou Adler (UCSB) 6-2, 6-1

2. Paulina Dubavets (UCSB) def. Sarah Nuno (CSF) 6-1, 6-4

3. Stefani Stojic (UCSB) def. Karla Portalatin (CSF) 6-1, 6-1

4. Camille De Leon (CSF) def. Jaimee Gilbertson (UCSB) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

5. Amanda Atanasson (UCSB) def. Masako Makiba (CSF) 6-1, 6-3

6. Natalie Da Silveira (UCSB) def. Danielle Pham (CSF) 7-5, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. Camille De Leon/Alexis Valenzuela (CSF) def. #15 Paulina Dubavets/Stefani Stojic (UCSB) 6-1

2. Melissa Baker/Stephanie Yamada (UCSB) def. Masako Makiba/Karla Portalatin (CSF) 7-6 (2)

3. Lou Adler/Amanda Atanasson (UCSB) def. Sarah Nuno/Danielle Pham (CSF) 7-5


Match Notes:

UC Santa Barbara 13-7, 6-1 BWC

Cal State Fullerton 17-4, 6-1 BWC

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