March 28, 2010

Gauchos Stay Hot as They Overpower Cal State Northridge, 6-1

March 28, 2010

Santa Barbara, Calif. - Just a day after taking care of Loyola Marymount on the road, the UC Santa Barbara women's tennis team returned home to drub the Cal State Northridge Matadors, 6-1. The win evens the Gauchos' record on the season at 9-9, and improves their mark in Big West play to 4-1, putting them in position to make a run at the No. 1 seed for the Big West tournament.

The new doubles lineup again earned the Gauchos a point, providing the team with the spark they needed to cruise to the Big West victory.

At No. 1 doubles, Tova Hausman and Bryanna Ojeda defeated Northridge's top team of Brooke Doan and Anna Yang by a score of (8-5). Natalia Lozano and Jordan Dockendorf easily put away Nina Jaworowski and Whitney Paluch at No. 2 doubles (8-3). While UCSB's No. 3 team of Jill Damion and Annabel Gledden could not complete the sweep, they gave Nigora Sirojiddinova and Maria Pistalu all they could handle, losing by a score of (9-7).

In singles action, the Gauchos again came out strong and shut down the opposition. Novak won her matchup at the No. 1 position, beating Doane in straight sets (7-4, 6-4). Lozano won the first set easily against Jaworowski, who was forced to retire early after spraining her ankle in the second set. At the No. 3 position, Damion was almost perfect, as she surrendered just one game to Paluch (6-0, 6-1).

The only point for the Matadors came at the No. 4 position, when Gledden's day was ended prematurely due to a sore arm. Gledden won the first set, but could not finish the match.

Hausman again added to her recent streak of impressive performances, as she knocked off Yang in the No. 5 spot by a count of (7-6, 6-1). The win pushes the junior's winning streak to nine, as she continues to be one of the most consistent players for the Gauchos.

Dockendorf rounded out the action for UCSB with a solid, straight-set victory over Zarina Pinsoy (6-2, 6-4).

Up next for the Gauchos will be another must-see matchup, as they take on Long Beach State on Saturday, April 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at home. The 49ers are currently undefeated in Big West play, and are taking on Cal Poly (12-3, 5-1) on Friday.

"If Long Beach beats Cal Poly on Friday, then our match with Long Beach on Saturday will be for all the marbles," said head coach Pete Kirkwood.

Singles
1. Sofia Novak (UCSB) def. Brooke Doane (CSUN) 7-4, 6-4
2. Natalia Lozano (UCSB) def. Nina Jaworowski (CSUN) 6-1, 2-0 ret.
3. Jill Damion (UCSB) def. Whitney Paluch (CSUN) 6-0, 6-1
4. Nigora Sirojiddinova (CSUN) def. Annabel Gledden (UCSB) 1-6, 4-3 ret.
5. Tova Hausman (UCSB) def. Anna Yang (CSUN) 7-6, 6-1
6. Jordan Dockendorf (UCSB) def. Zarina Pinsoy (CSUN) 6-2, 6-4

Doubles
1. Hausman/Bryanna Ojeda (UCSB) def. Doane/Yang (CSUN) 8-5
2. Dockendorf/Lozano (UCSB) def. Jaworowski/Paluch (CSUN) 8-3
3. Sirojiddinova/Maria Pistalu (CSUN) def. Damion/Gledden (UCSB) 9-7

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