Gauchos Thrash San Jose State to Close Home Stand

Lise Sentenac (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Lise Sentenac (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.- With an assertive performance in both doubles and singles, the UC Santa Barbara Women's Tennis team spear the San Jose Spartans with a 5-2 win to culminate its five-game home stand.

"We came out strong in doubles and strong in singles and managed to clinch early," said Head Coach Simon Thibodeau. "It was important for us to keep them at bay. We new we had to be aggressive and execute."

SB ran the table on the Spartans in doubles as junior Amit Lev Ari and sophomore Lise Sentenac trounced freshman Alba Pedrero Galindo and sophomore Klara Milojkovic with a 6-0 blowout from court three.

On court two, senior Stephanie Yamada and freshman Tiffany Lagarde doubled down with a 6-1 victory against senior Miyo Kobayashi sophomore Laura Malsert to clinch the doubles point for the Gauchos.

Junior Juliana Valero and freshman Anastasia Goncharova were tied up at 3-3 playing sophomore Savannah Sendar and junior Tamara Culibrk when the doubles point was secured.

Lev Ari remained in the driver seat in singles with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Sendar from court three and Sentenac followed it up with a 6-0, 6-3 win of her own against Milojkovic in the six hole.

To deliver the win, Valero clobbered Laura Malsert 6-3, 6-1 on court five to clinch victory on the day for UCSB over SJSU.

Elizaveta Volodko put the Gauchos on top 5-0 with a 6-2, 6-4 win against Culibrk from the one spot in her only match of the day.

From the fourth court, Alba Pedrero Galindo slipped past Stephanie Yamada with a 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 10-7 result, and Spartan's Miyo Kobayashi ended the day with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) against Lagarde.

"Hopefully we feed off of the win and give UCLA a run for their money in the next match," added Coach Thibodeau.

Santa Barbara takes to the road for its next contest against which will be against No. 5 UCLA scheduled for Thursday, February 28 before the Gauchos travel up to No. 24 Cal on Saturday, March 2.

Tennis Match Results:

San Jose State University vs UC Santa Barbara

Feb 24, 2019 at

#74 UC Santa Barbara 5, #139 San Jose State University 2

Singles competition:

1. Elizaveta Volodko (UCSB) def. Tamara Culibrk (SJSU) 6-2, 6-4

2. Miyo Kobayashi (SJSU) def. Tiffany Lagarde (UCSB) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

3. Amit Lev-Ari (UCSB) def. Savannah Sendar (SJSU) 6-1, 6-0

4. Alba Pedrero Galindo (SJSU) def. Stephanie Yamada (UCSB) 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 10-7

5. Juliana Valero (UCSB) def. Laura Malsert (SJSU) 6-3, 6-1

6. Lise Sentenac (UCSB) def. Klara Milojkovic (SJSU) 6-0, 6-3

Doubles competition:

1. Anastasia Goncharova/Juliana Valero (UCSB) vs. Tamara Culibrk/Savannah Sendar (SJSU) 3-3, unfinished

2. Stephanie Yamada/Tiffany Lagarde (UCSB) def. Miyo Kobayashi/Laura Malsert (SJSU) 6-1

3. Amit Lev-Ari/Lise Sentenac (UCSB) def. Alba Pedrero Galindo/Klara Milojkovic (SJSU) 6-0

Match Notes:

San Jose State University 4-2; National ranking #139

UC Santa Barbara 4-3; National ranking #74

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