Trio of Gauchos Earn ITA Scholar Athlete Honors

Melissa Baker (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Melissa Baker (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A trio of UC Santa Barbara women's tennis players earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar Athlete for the 2016-17 school year, the organization announced Tuesday.

Seniors Melissa Baker and Jaimee Gilbertson, and junior Natalie DaSilveira were each accorded the honor. All three players were key members of a Gaucho team that won its second consecutive Big West Conference women's tennis championship and advanced to the NCAA for the second straight year. Bakers, along with doubles partner Palina Dubavets, also advanced to the NCAA Doubles Championship.

"I'm proud of these outstanding Gaucho student-athletes," said head coach Simon Thibodeau. "We take great pride in our academics and Melissa, Jaimee and Natalie are very typical of that."