March 27, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 1:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Loyola Marymount Lions at the LMU Tennis Center
Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 11:00 a.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Pacific Tigers at the UCSB Tennis Stadium
The Gaucho Record
The UC Santa Barbara women's tennis team has won four of its last five dual matches and currently stands at 11-6 overall, 3-1 in Big West Conference action. There will be no spring break holiday for the Gauchos, who this week will travel to Loyola Marymount (6-9 overall) for a non-conference showdown with the Lions on Wednesday, March 29. First serve is slated for 1:30 p.m. at the LMU Tennis Center. UCSB then returns home and resumes Big West play on Saturday, April 1, hosting Pacific (9-6, 2-2). The match begins at 11:00 a.m. at the UCSB Tennis Stadium, formerly known as the East Courts.
Tough Up Top
A lineup typically featuring five seniors has provided the Gauchos with a healthy dose of stability, especially at the top-two spots where a pair of returning All-Big West performers lead the charge. Marielle Gruenig - a 2005 first team all-league selection - has come back strong from an early-season knee injury to post a 9-3 singles record, all at No. 1. Her last three matches have all resulted in straight-set victories. Meanwhile with a 14-3 dual match mark Chelsea Glynn owns UCSB's highest winning percentage at .824. That includes a 9-2 record at her usual No. 2 position and a 5-1 effort while filling in for the injured Gruenig at No. 1. Glynn was a Second Team All-Big West performer last season after transferring from Iowa.
Mystery at No. 3 Doubles
The aforementioned players have been equally reliable as a tandem, teaming for an 8-1 record at No. 2 doubles. Another senior, Andrea Pintar, has been pairing with sophomore Charlotte Scatliffe all season long at the top doubles spot with similar success, going 10-3. Fortunately for the Gauchos those tandems have clinched the doubles point more often than not, because in 2005 the No. 3 spot has been Santa Barbara's Achilles' heel. UCSB has tried three different combinations in that position, producing a cumulative record of just 7-8.
Leslie is More
Sorry, that heading was weak, especially compared to the play of senior Leslie Damion at both No. 4 and 5 singles. The two-time honorable mention All-Big West recipient owns a 6-3 mark a the No. 5 spot, where she produced arguably the Gauchos' most thrilling victory back on March 5. Deadlocked with Cal State Northridge at three wins apiece, the conference dual match came down to Damion's battle with Matador senior Yu Yu Myinttun. Trailing 1-5 in the third set, Damion rallied to triumph 7-6, 2-6, 7-6 and secure a win for the home team.
On the Horizon
Following their pair of matches this week, the Gauchos will have just three more tune-ups prior to the Big West Championships, April 27-30 in Indian Wells, Calif. Two of those are league contests, beginning with a Friday, April 7 date at UC Irvine. Santa Barbara will then bid farewell to its six seniors by hosting Saint Mary's and Long Beach State on April 13 and 15, respectively.