Gauchos Romp Long Beach with 6-1 Win

UCSB Womens Tennis
UCSB Womens Tennis

LONG BEACH, Calif.- The UC Santa Barbara Women's Tennis team carries the sole perfect league record in Big West play following a 6-1 rout of Long Beach State at the Rhodes Tennis Center on Saturday, March 30.

UCSB is 2-0 in conference matchups and currently sitting in first place in the Big West with an 8-6 dual match record this season.

Amit Lev Ari picked up her ninth dual match singles win in her first match on court one, and the Gauchos dominated both doubles and singles in their second conference match.

Despite the overwhelming Gaucho finish, it was the 49ers who struck first with a 6-2 Natalia Munoz and Lalita Devarakonda win over Anastasia Goncharova and Juliana Valero on court two.

From there, UC Santa Barbara took control. Amit Lev Ari and Lise Sentenac locked down Zara Lennon and Carlota Casasampere with a 6-3 victory to tie up doubles at one win a piece.

With the doubles point up in the air, Stephanie Yamada and Tiffany Lagarde outworked Dominique Meyer and Wiktoria Rutkowska down the stretch to edge a 6-4 win and deliver the doubles advantage for UCSB.

Lev Ari kept it rolling with a 6-3, 6-4 sweep to beat Wiktoria Rutkowska. The junior remains unbeaten in her last five singles matches and picked up her first win of the year at singles one.

Anastasia picked up her fourth win in her last four decisions with the 6-1, 6-4, to topple Dominique Meyer and give the Gauchos a 3-0 lead.

On court three, Tiffany Lagarde clinched with a 6-3, 6-4 conquer against Natalia Munoz. With the win, Lagarde dealt Munoz, the reigning Big West Conference Athlete of the Week, just her third loss of the year.

To keep the pressure on Beach, Juliana Valero picked up the 6-3, 5-7, 10-6 win from court four to take down Lalita Devarakonda which was her first conference loss this year.

From the five-spot, Lise Sentenac didn't let up with the 6-2, 5-7, 10-8 defeat over Zara Lennon.

The only Long Beach win on the day was a 0-6, 7-6, 6-1 comeback win for Emma Bardet against Elizaveta Volodko from the two-hole.

UC Santa Barbara Women's Tennis is back in action on Thursday, March 4, at 11 a.m. against UC Riverside at the Student Recreation Center Tennis Courts in Riverside, Calif.

Tennis Match Results:

UC Santa Barbara vs Long Beach State

Mar 27, 2019 at Long Beach, Calif.

(Rhodes Tennis Center)

UC Santa Barbara 6, Long Beach State 1

Singles competition:

1. Amit Lev Ari (UCSB) def. Wiktoria Rutkowska (LBSU) 6-3, 6-4

2. Emma Bardet (LBSU) def. Elizaveta Volodko (UCSB) 0-6, 7-6, 6-1

3. Tiffany Lagarde (UCSB) def. Natalia Munoz (LBSU) 6-3, 6-4

4. Juliana Valero (UCSB) def. Lalita Devarakonda (LBSU) 6-3, 5-7, 10-6

5. Lise Sentenac (UCSB) def. Zara Lennon (LBSU) 6-2, 5-7, 10-8

6. Anastasia Goncharova (UCSB) def. Dominique Meyer (LBSU) 6-1, 6-4

Doubles competition:

1. Stephanie Yamada/Tiffany Lagarde (UCSB) def. Dominique Meyer/Wiktoria Rutkowska (LBSU) 6-4

2. Natalia Munoz/Lalita Devarakonda (LBSU) def. Anastasia Goncharova/Juliana Valero (UCSB) 6-2

3. Amit Lev Ari/Lise Sentenac (UCSB) def. Zara Lennon/Carlota Casasampere (LBSU) 6-3

Match Notes:

UC Santa Barbara 8-6, 2-0 Big West

Long Beach State 11-4, 4-2 Big West

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