April 14, 2007

UCSB is Back on Winning Track With 5-2 Win Over Eastern Washington

April 13, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - The UC Santa Barbara women's tennis team bounced back from a late-night loss to Idaho on Thursday with a solid 5-2 win over Eastern Washington on Friday. The match was played in Pullman, Wash.

The Gauchos jumped out of the starting gates quickly by sweeping the doubles competition. While two of the three matches were tight, UCSB was able to take all three. Charlotte Scatliffe and Marta Simic defeated Kasey Knox and Iliana Petrova at No. 1, 8-6. At No. 2, freshmen Carina Bjornstrom and Asagi Onaga posted a more comfortable 8-2 victory over Marie Demerath and Amanda Mankovits, while at No. 3, Tova Hausman and Brittany Kausen edged Rachel Berger and Kerstyn Dolack, 8-7.

In singles, Bjornstrom gave the Gauchos a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Dolack at No. 2. Bjornstrom's doubles partner, Onaga, then made it 3-0 with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 win over Berger at No. 3. The Eagles got on the board when Knox edged Simic at No. 1, 7-5, 7-5.

Santa Barbara clinched the match when Hausman, another freshman, fought back to top Mankovits at No. 4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. At No. 5, Kausen defeated Sayaka Yoshimoto 6-4, 2-6, (10-6) and at No. 6, it was Demerath sweeping UCSB's Kristen Wilson, 6-2, 6-4.

The win improves the Gauchos' record to 10-7 overall. Eastern Washington drops to 7-13. UCSB will continue its road trip to the Pacific Northwest when it plays at Washington State on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. The trip will conclude on Sunday with a 10:00 a.m. match at Gonzaga.

UC Santa Barbara 5, Eastern Washington 2

Singles
1. Kasey Knox (EWU) def. Marta Simic (UCSB), 7-5, 7-5
2. Carina Bjornstrom (UCSB) def. Kerstyn Dolack (EWU), 6-3, 6-3
3. Asagi Onaga (UCSB) def. Rachel Berger (EWU), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
4. Tova Hausman (UCSB) def. Amanda Mankovits (EWU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
5. Brittany Kausen (UCSB) def. Sayaka Yoshimoto (EWU), 6-4, 2-6, (10-6)
6. Marie Demerath (EWU) def. Kristen Wilson (UCSB), 6-2, 6-4

Doubles 1. Charlotte Scatliffe/Marta Simic (UCSB) def. Kasey Knox/Iliana Petrova (EWU), 8-6 2. Carina Bjornstrom/Asagi Onaga (UCSB) def. Marie Demerath/Amanda Mankovits (EWU), 8-2 3. Tova Hausman/Brittany Kausen (UCSB) def. Rachel Berger/Kerstyn Dolack (EWU), 8-7

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