Gauchos' Preseason Concludes With Three Championships

Nov. 14, 2007

Northridge, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's tennis team concluded its fall campaign this past weekend at the Cal State Northridge invitational with some tremendous tennis that resulted in three Gaucho champions.

Senior Juliette Mutzke came away victorious twice as she won the flight 3 singes and flight 3 doubles with freshman partner Mia Giovanetti. Giovanetti had an impressive showing in the flight 3 singles as well making it all the way to the finals eventually losing to her doubles partner Mutzke 6-4, 6-3.

The Gauchos were also champions in the flight 2 doubles as senior Brittany Kausen and sophomore Bryanna Ojeda defeated the tandem of Canna Furuta and Whitney Paluch from Cal State Northridge 8-3 in the finals.

Head coach Pete Kirkwood noticed the improved play from his squad. "The Gauchos are improving and the results are starting to show it," said Kirkwood.

Freshman Jill Damion's outstanding fall campaign continued as she dominated Boise State's top player Jana Mackova in straight sets 6-3, 6-1. Damion went on to clobber Alex Liles of Pepperdine 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, but fell in the semifinals to #1 seed Bianca Duigheru of Pepperdine in a hard fought battle.

"She is probably playing the best tennis of any Gaucho right now," Kirkwood said of Damion. "As a freshman Jill is proving she is going to be one of the best players in the Big West."

The Gauchos will be on hiatus until February when the spring season officially commences.

Tournament results listed below:


Gaucho Champions:
Flight 3 singles-Juliette Mutzke
Flight 3 Doubles- Juliette Mutzke-Mia Giovanetti
Flight 2 doubles-Brittany Kausen-Bryanna Ojeda.


Flight 1 Singles(Draw 16)
First Round
Marta Simic UCSB def. Anete Bandere Pepperdine 6-4,2-6,6-4
Jill Damion UCSB def. Jana Mackova Boise St. 6-3,6-1
Quarter final
Annika Bhagrava Pepperdine def. Simic UCSB 7-5,6-3
Damion UCSB def. Alex Liles Pepperdine 6-4,6-2
Semi Final
#1 Bianca Duigheru Pepperdine def. Damion 7-6(5), 6-3


Flight 2 singles Kausen UCSB def. Katie Lynott CS Bakersfield 6-2,6-2
Bryanna Ojeda UCSB def. Jerusha Cruz CS Fullerton 6-2,6-4
Quarter final
Asagi Onaga UCSB def. Shelly Injelkain CS Fullerton 6-1,6-2
Kristy Fournell CS Northridge def. Ojeda 6-4,6-1
Sandra Kukla CS Northridge def. Kausen 6-1,6-2.
Semifinal
Sandra Kukla CS Northridge def. Onaga UCSB 2-6,6-2,6-4.
Note:Kausen won two matches in the back draw before losing in the final.
Ojeda made the Semifinal of the back draw.


Flight 3 singles
First round
Juliette Mutzke UCSB def. Marigrace Marshall Pepperdine 6-1,6-0
Mia Giovanetti UCSB def. Karina Akmendova CS Fullerton 3-2 ret.
Quarter Final
Miki Fukushima UCSB def. Brandy Andrews CS Fullerton 6-2,6-2
Mutzke UCSB def. Kaydee Grahm CS Bakersfield 6-3,6-3
Giovanetti UCSB def. Ashley Macias CS Northridge 6-1,6-2
Semifinal
Mutzke UCSB def. Fukushima UCSB 4-6,6-3,6-2
Giovanetti UCSB def. Raine Mitchell Pepperdine 6-4,6-4
Fianl
Mutzke UCSB def Giovanetti UCSB 6-4,6-3


Flight 1 doubles
First Round
Alex Liles/Tania Rice Pepperdine def Damion/Onaga UCSB 9-8(5)
Flight 2 doubles
First Round
Kausen/Ojeda UCSB def. Nina Jaworski/Kukla CS Northridge 9-7
Semifinal
Kausen/Ojeda UCSB def. Breanna Stowell/Erin Weissner CS Fullerton
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Final
Kausen/Ojeda UCSB def. Canna Furuta/Whitney Paluch CS Northridge 8-3
Flight 3 Doubles
First Round
Mutzke/Giovanetti UCSB def. Akmendova/Stowell CS Fullerton 8-3
Semifinal
Mutzke/Giovanetti UCSB def. Marshall/Mitchell Pepperdine 8-3
Final
Mutzke/Giovanetti UCSB def. Andrews/Cruz CS Fullerton 8-5