Gauchos Fight Hard, Fall Short Against No. 26 Washington

Stephanie Yamada (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Stephanie Yamada (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif- Despite three big wins in singles, the UC Santa Barbara Women's Tennis team fell just short against No. 26 University of Washington with a 4-3 loss on Friday afternoon.

For the first time this season, a Gaucho opponent secured the doubles point to start out strong against UCSB.

"We struggled a little early on in doubles, but we're really happy with the way we fought in singles. We had a good chance to beat a really good team," said Head Coach Simon Thibodeau.

Senior Kenadi Hance and freshman Sedona Gallagher started off hot for the Huskies with a 6-1 win on court three against freshman Tiffany Lagarde and Lise Sentenac.

From court one, national No. 35 doubles pair Stacey Fung and Nika Zupancic clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 victory to best Stephanie Yamada and Elizaveta Volodko of the Gauchos.

The uneaten UCSB pair comprised of freshman Anastasia Goncharova and Juliana Valero had their match cut short as it went unfinished against freshman Zoey Weil and Vanessa Wong when the score reached 5-4.

Washington continued to pile it on with wins on courts 1, 2, and 3 to deliver the eighth husky victory of the year.

Stacey Fung came out strong on court one with a 6-0, 6-2 two-set sweep over Volodko and Katarina Kopcalic followed up with a 6-4, 7-5 win against Amit Lev Ari from the three spot.

To clinch the win, Vanessa Wong completed the comeback against Tiffany Lagarde from court two with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 result to steal one from the Gauchos and secure a win for Washington.

It wasn't until the Huskies clinched the win before UCSB took some victories of their own.

Juliana Valero put Sedona Gallagher to sleep with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win in the five hole and Stephanie Yamada followed suit with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 triumph against Kenadi Hance on court four.

Lise Sentenac closed out the day with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory of her own, but it was a case of too little too late as the damage had already been done.

The UC Santa Barbara women's tennis team will culminate its five-game home-stand with a match at home against San Jose State on Sunday, February 24 scheduled for a 10 a.m. first serve.

Match Results:

#26 Washington 4, UC Santa Barbara 3

Singles competition:

1. Stacey Fung (WASH) def. Elizaveta Volodko (UCSB) 6-0, 6-2

2. Vanessa Wong (WASH) def. Tiffany Lagarde (UCSB) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4

3. Katarina Kopcalic (WASH) def. Amit Lev-Ari (UCSB) 6-4, 7-5

4. Stephanie Yamada (UCSB) def. Kenadi Hance (WASH) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2

5. Juliana Valero (UCSB) def. Sedona Gallagher (WASH) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

6. Lise Sentenac (UCSB) def. Nika Zupancic (WASH) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition:

1. #35 Stacey Fung/Nika Zupancic (WASH) def. Stephanie Yamada/Elizaveta Volodko (UCSB) 6-3

2. Juliana Valero/Anastasia Goncharova (UCSB) vs. Zoey Weil/Vanessa Wong (WASH) 4-5, unfinished

3. Kenadi Hance/Sedona Gallagher (WASH) def. Lise Sentenac/Tiffany Lagarde (UCSB) 6-1

Match Notes:

Washington 8-1; National ranking #26

UC Santa Barbara 3-3

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