SAN DIEGO, Calif.- Following the strong start from UC Santa Barbara Women's Tennis at the ITA Southwest Regional, all six Gauchos competing over the weekend were eliminated from both singles and doubles play after day three of the championship tournament.
Responsible for the Gauchos' deepest singles run during the weekend, No. 7 Amit Lev Ari ultimately reached the Round of 16 on Saturday which has gradually shrunk from the original draws that included the top 128 players in the Southwest region.
Lev Ari was the sole Gaucho alive following a gritty day two, but the senior fell to Anastasia Iamachkine 6-4, 7-5 in the Sweet Sixteen as the final UCSB player eliminated from singles play.
Looking to make a run in the doubles bracket, two Gaucho pairs managed to reach the Round of 16 before tough finishes to culminate their regional draws play.
Arguably the most exciting surprise of the Gauchos' weekend was the success of Dominika Paterova who teamed up with Shakhnoza Khatmova in Khatmova's first competition wearing the Gaucho gold and blue.
Paterova and Khatmova knocked off UCI 8-2 and GCU 8-0 in overpowering blowouts before the duo was edged by tournament No. 3 USC's Eryn Cayetano and Danielle Wilson.
Lise Sentenac and Juliana Valero experience similar success to advance past the first two rounds, but an unlucky draw against tournament No. 1 UCLA's Abi Altick and Taylor Johnson resulted in an 8-3 final that sent Valero and Sentenac packing.
Despite suffering elimination from championship draws, UCSB thrived in round robin play. Gaucho players won eight of eleven round robin matches on day three with undefeated performances from all three of the team's seniors- Lev Ari, Valero, and Paterova.
UC Santa Barbara Women's Tennis is competing in the ITA Southwest Regional from Thursday, October 17 through Sunday, October 21. You can follow UCSB Women's Tennis all year long on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.