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CSUN Joins Higher Seeds In Women's Semifinals


CSUN pulled the upset on No. 3 seed Cal State Fullerton, and joined higher seeds Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara and Hawai‘i for Friday's semifinals of the Big West Women's Tennis Championships.

Long Beach State Reaches Semifinals For 16th Straight Year

Long Beach State – Cal Poly WT Box Score

Top-seeded Long Beach State advanced to the semifinals of the Big West Women's Tennis Tournament for the 16th straight year after defeating eighth-seeded Cal Poly, 5-0, in quarterfinal action at Indian Wells Tennis Garden Thursday.

The Beach will play No. 4 seed Hawai‘i at 9 a.m. for a spot in the championship match.  LBSU has reached the championship match in every season since 2001, a span of 15 straight appearances.

Cal Poly took LBSU to the brink of losing the doubles point.  The Mustangs picked up a win at No. 1 with Zoe Oedekerk and Dane Joubert earning a 6-3 decision against Laura Eales and Hayley Thompson.  The Beach responded at No. 2 when Maeva Razakasoa and Julie Gerard squeezed past Bryn Bacharach and Ilana Oleynik, 6-4.  At No. 3, Ebba Unden and Alex Jones faced a 5-2 deficit against Abby Bacharach and Molly Reed, but rallied to win the final five games to take a 7-5 victory and give LBSU the doubles point.

From there, the Beach seized control of the match with three straight singles wins, losing a total of five games along the way.

Eales downed Abby Bacharach, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 4.  Unden romped to a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 2 over Bryn Bacharach.  Gerard closed things out with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph at No. 3 over Oleynik.  Razakasoa's match ended simultaneously with Gerard's, giving the No. 1 ranked Beach singles player a 6-0, 6-1 win against Oedekerk for

LBSU improved to 18-4 on the season.



1. Oedekerk/Joubert (CP) def. Eales/Thompson (LBSU) 6-3
2. Razakasoa/Gerard (LBSU) vs. B. Bacharach/Oleynik (CP) DNF
3. Unden/Jones (LBSU) def. A. Bacharach/Reed (CP) 7-5

Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1. Maeva Razakasoa (LBSU) def. Zoe Oedekerk (CP) 6-0, 6-1
2. Ebba Unden (LBSU) def. Bryn Bacharach (CP) 6-0, 6-0
3. Julie Gerard (LBSU) def. Ilana Oleynik (CP) 6-1, 6-3
4. Laura Eales (LBSU) def. Abby Bacharach (CP) 6-0, 6-1
5. Hayley Thompson (LBSU) vs. Dane Joubert (CP) DNF
6. Georgie Sanders (LBSU) vs. Molly Reed (CP) DNF

Order of finish: 4, 2, 3, 1

Gauchos Advance To Semis For Fifth Year In A Row

UC Santa Barbara – UC Davis WT Box Score

For the third straight year, UC Santa Barbara defeated UC Davis in the quarterfinals of the Big West Women's Tennis Tournament, advancing to the semifinal round for the fifth year in a row.

The second-seeded Gauchos yielded a total of just seven games throughout doubles and singles to earn the 4-0 victory over the No. 7 seed Aggies.

In doubles play, Amanda Atanasson and Lou Adler won their No. 3 match by a 6-0 count.  The Gauchos clinched the doubles point when the nation's No. 24-ranked duo, Stefani Stojic and Palina Dubavets, took home a 6-1 victory at No. 1.

Dubavets was off the court first in singles play, capturing her match 6-0, 6-1 against Kristy Jorgensen at No. 2.  Atanasson followed suit with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 5 over Kamila Kecki.  UCSB clinched the contest at No. 4 as Jaimee Gilbertson powered her way to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Tiffany Pham.

UCSB now seeks a berth in the championship match for the second straight year, but must first get past No. 6 CSUN, which upset third-seeded Cal State Fullerton on Thursday morning.  The Gauchos are now 16-7 overall this season.


1. Stojic/Dubavets (UCSB) def. Huie/Pham (UCD) 6-1
2. Baker/Yamada vs. Jorgensen/Green (UCD) DNF
3. Atanasson/Adler (UCSB) def. Sleiffer/Kecki (UCD) 6-0

Order of finish: 3, 1
1. Lou Adler (UCSB) vs. Lani-Rae Green (UCD) DNF
2. Palina Dubavets (UCSB) def. Kristy Jorgensen (UCD) 6-0, 6-1
3. Stefani Stojic (UCSB) vs. Jessie Lee (UCD) DNF
4. Jaimee Gilbertson (UCSB) def. Tiffany Pham (UCD) 6-3, 6-1
5. Amanda Atanasson (UCSB) def. Kamila Kecki (UCD) 6-1, 6-0
6. Natalie Da Silveira (UCSB) vs. Samantha Martino (UCD) DNF

Order of finish: 2, 5, 4

Matadors Oust Titans In Marathon Thriller

CSUN – Cal State Fullerton WT Box Score

Avenging a loss in the regular season, No. 6 CSUN pulled off a thrilling 4-3 upset over No. 3 seed Cal State Fullerton in a three and a half hour back-and-forth affair at Indian Wells Tennis Garden Thursday.  The quarterfinal victory sets up a showdown against No. 2 UC Santa Barbara in Friday's Big West Women's Tennis Championship semifinals.

In a match where neither team led by more than a point the entire way, the Matadors leaned on the strength of the bottom of their singles order to eke out the victory.

Ki Kim clawed her way to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles to clinch the match for CSUN against CSF's Masako Makiba.  Setting up those heroics was Mari Taslagyan at No. 6, with the Matador junior gutting out a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 win against Danielle Pham to tie the match at three apiece.  Trailing Pham 4-3 in the third set, Taslagyan reeled off three straight games to end the match.

After the two teams split at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, CSUN's No. 2 duo of Vivian Lin and Skyla Alcon outlasted their Titan counterparts, Makiba and Karla Portalatin to win what would end up being a crucial doubles point.  Lin and Alcon fought to a 7-6 (9) tiebreak victory.

Camille DeLeon tied the match at 1-1, defeating Kristen Poei 6-0, 6-4 at No. 4, but Alcon responded with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Portalatin at No. 3 to give the edge back to the Matadors.

Alexis Valenzuela then stepped up for the Titans and took a 6-3, 6-3 win over Mickey Hsu at No. 1 to equalize the match again at 2-2.  Giving the Titans their first lead, Sarah Nuno grabbed a 6-4, 6-2 victory against Lin at No. 2 for a 3-2 advantage.

But Taslagyan withstood Pham's quest to finish off the match and the Matadors moved onto the semifinals for the second year in a row.  CSUN takes a 10-12 record into Friday's match with UCSB.


1. Valenzuela/De Leon (CSF) def. Hsu/Poei (CSUN) 6-2
2. Lin/Alcon (CSUN) def. Makiba/Portalatin (CSF) 7-6 (9)
3. Kim/Taslagyan (CSUN) def. Nuno/Pham (CSF) 6-1

Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1. Alexis Valenzuela (CSF) def. Mickey Hsu (CSUN) 6-3, 6-3
2. Sarah Nuno (CSF) def. Vivian Lin (CSUN) 6-4, 6-2
3. Skyla Alcon (CSUN) def. Karla Portalatin (CSF) 6-3, 6-3
4. Camille De Leon (CSF) def. Kristen Poei (CSUN) 6-0, 6-4
5. Ki Kim (CSUN) def. Masako Makiba (CSF) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
6. Mari Taslagyan (CSUN) def. Danielle Pham (CSF) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

Order of finish: 4, 3, 1, 2, 6, 5

Hawai‘i Scores Victory Over UC Irvine

Hawai‘i – UC Irvine WT Box Score

Hawai‘i controlled its quarterfinal matchup against UC Irvine from start to finish, notching a 4-0 victory to finish off quarterfinal action in the Big West Women's Tennis Championship Thursday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The No. 4 seed Rainbow Wahine won at No. 1 and No. 2 in doubles to quickly snatch the doubles point, then took victories at Nos. 2, 5 and 6 at singles to clinch their third semifinal berth in the last four years.

Roxanne Resma and Cindy Nguyen topped Vivien Dvali and Taylor LeFridge, 6-3, at No. 2 to give UH the doubles point.

Klara Pribylova, playing at No. 5 singles for the first time all year, knocked off Mazy Watrous by a 6-2, 6-1 score to put UH up 2-0.  Freshman sensation Marina Hruba then improved to 11-0 at No. 2 singles with her 6-3, 6-0 win over Dvali.

The match clincher came at No. 6 where Paulina Petriskova handled Andrea Duva, 6-2, 6-0.

UH improved to 12-9 on the season.  The Rainbow Wahine will need to stage an upset of top-seeded Long Beach State in Friday's 9 am semifinals to advance to their first championship match.  LBSU is 36-1 all-time at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

(4) HAWAI‘I 4, (5) UC IRVINE 0

1. Petriskova/Pribylova (UH) def. Gong/Watrous (UCI) 6-1
2. Resma/Nguyen (UH) def. Dvali/LeFridge (UCI) 6-3
3. Gealer/Hruba (UH) vs. Duva/Hazell (UCI) DNF

Order of finish: 1, 2
1. Cindy Nguyen (UH) vs. Sarah Gong (UCI) DNF
2. Marina Hruba (UH) def. Vivien Dvali (UCI) 6-3, 6-0
3. Sarah Gealer (UH) vs. Taylor LeFridge (UCI) DNF
4. Roxanne Resma (UH) vs. Stephanie Hazell (UCI) DNF
5. Klara Pribylova (UH) def. Mazy Watrous (UCI) 6-2, 6-1
6. Paulina Petriskova (UH) def. Andrea Duva (UCI) 6-2, 6-0

Order of finish: 5, 2, 6