BERKELEY, Calif.- In the closing day of the Cal Fall Invitational, three UC Santa Barbara Gauchos edged out a victory and a trophy with championship wins in their respective doubles' brackets.
The pairs team of freshman Anastasia Goncharova and sophomore Elizaveta Volodko dominated competition early in the ITA Blue Doubles bracket to make a deep run in the tournament. The duo matched up against Cal's No. 1 seed doubles team comprised of sophomore standout Julia Rosenqvist and senior Olivia Hauger in the Championship round. Hauger destroyed her competition in the ITA Blue Singles bracket to take home to tournament victory.
Rosenqvist-Hauger is a powerful pair that had major success last year for Berkeley. The duo led the Golden Bears squad as Hauger spearheaded Cal with 23 doubles wins, the majority of which came when paired up with Julia Rosenqvist. Cal's premier pairs team ranked as high as No. 36 in doubles last season.
Goncharova-Volodko knocked out Rosenqvist-Hauger in the Final round of the ITA Blue Doubles bracket to win the tournamet Cal Fall Invitatoinal Doubles Championship with an 8-6 win as the final point came down to the wire. This was Goncharova's first tournament with UC Santa Barbara, and she shined. Paired up with Volodko in her second season, this doubles pair convincing blew past competition in the first matches of the 2018-19 season.
In the ITA Gold Doubles Consolation bracket, the pairs team of SB junior Amit Lev-Ari and Nevada senior Adriana Gergelyova advanced into the Final round as the doubles team faced two of Gergelyova's Nevada teammates in junior Kristina Lagoda and sophomore Melissa Huchet. As a freshman last year, Huchet went 5-0 in singles at the Cal Fall Invitational that resulted in a championship.
Gergelyova-Lev-Ari muscled through the No. 2 pairs team out of UC Davis to reach the Championship round and matchup against Gergelyova's teammates. The duo knocked out Lagoda-Huchet by a score of 8-6 as Lev-Ari became the third Gaucho to secure a trophy on the day.
No. 4 Yamada-Lagarde displayed their poise and talent as the pair was electric in early matches on its way to the Final round of the ITA Blue Doubles Consolation bracket. The No. 4 seed matched up against Cal junior Alexis Nelson and sophomore Anna Bright in the Championship.
Bright highlighted her freshman year with an All Pac-12 second team selection as she finished her first collegiate season with a 35-10 record while peaking at No. 46 in singles rankings.
Nelson-Bright knocked out Yamada-Lagarde with an 8-7(4) triumph to take home the title in the ITA Blue Doubles Consolation bracket to mark the fourth bracket win for the Golden Bears in the Cal Fall Invitational, the most by any program in attendance.
Paterova-Sentenac defeated University of San Francisco in the Robin Round Doubles Consolation bracket while Paterova, Goncharova, Lev-Ari, and Volodko all came away with RR Singles victories on Sunday.
Santa Barbara has a month-long break before the next fall tournament kicks off, but drawing from the success in the Cal Fall Invitational, it's building up to be a promising year for these Gauchos.