February 9, 2007

No. 73 Gauchos Open Big West Play with 4-2 Victory over Cal State Fullerton

Feb. 9, 2007

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - With the forecast calling for rain all weekend, UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Fullerton switched their Big West Conference women's tennis match from Sunday to Friday. The move paid off for the Gauchos as they registered a 4-2 win.

The Gauchos and Titans played their singles matches first as they anticipated rain and the doubles were never needed.

UCSB logged victories in four of the six singles contests. Freshman Carina Bjornstrom (Espoo, Finland) battled to a three-set victory over Gina Le at No. 1, 6-2, 6-7(2), 7-5.

At No. 2, Gaucho Marta Simic (Belgrade, Serbia) battled with Mai-Ly Tran, but had to retire with a leg injury. Tran won 6-7, 4-1. UCSB's Charlotte Scatliffe dropped a 6-4, 6-7 (9), 6-2 decision at No. 3, but UCSB players won at No. 4, No. 5 and NO. 6, to give the Gauchos the win.

Freshmen Tova Hausman (Los Angeles) and Asagi Onaga (El Segundo, Calif.) and junior Brittany Kausen (Irvine, Calif.) won at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 respectively to give UCSB the win.

Head coach Pete Kirkwood praised Bjornstrom for her gutty performance at No. 1.

"Carina Bjornstrom showed incredible poise and determination with the match on the line," Kirkwood said. "We had several good performances and we played well."

UCSB, which is now 2-1 overall and 1-0 against Big West opponents, is slated to host Loyola Marymount on Saturday in a match beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Results
No. 73 UC Santa Barbara 4, Cal State Fullerton 2
#1 Carina Bjornstrom  UCSB def. Gina Le CSUF 6-2,6-7(2) 7-5
#2 Mai-Ly Tran CSUF def Marta Simic UCSB 6-7,4-1 retired
#3 Katrina Domela CSUF def. Charlotte Scatliffe UCSB 6-4,6-7(9)6-2
#4 Tova Hausman UCSB def. Shelly Injejikian CSUF 6-2,6-0
#5 Asagi Onaga UCSB def. Cheyenne Ingis CSUF 6-4,6-1
#6 Brittany Kausen UCSB def. J.C. Cruz 6-2,6-2

Order of finish: 2, 4, 5, 6, 3, 1

No doubles were played.