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UC Santa Barbara, Hawai'i To Clash In Women's Tennis Final

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4/29/2016

Upset-minded Hawai‘i and No. 2 seed UC Santa Barbara meet for the 2016 Big West Women's Tennis Championship title on Saturday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Hawai‘i Upsets Top-Seeded Long Beach State

Hawai‘i – Long Beach State WT Box Score

No. 4 seed Hawai‘i stunned top-seeded Long Beach State, 4-3, in the semifinals of the Big West Women's Tennis Championship at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Friday.

The Rainbow Wahine advance to their first Big West tournament final in school history.  They are seeking their second trip to the NCAA Tournament, and would achieve that goal with a win over No. 2 seed UC Santa Barbara on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

For the Beach, the loss represents the first time since 2000 that the program will not appear in the tournament final.  LBSU had made 15 straight trips to the final, winning the championship 12 times during that span.  The Rainbow Wahine also ended LBSU's 11-match winning streak.

A battle between the last two Big West Players of the Year determined the outcome of the match.  UH's Cindy Nguyen, the 2015 honoree, squared off against 2014 recipient Maeva Razakasoa of LBSU at No. 1 singles with the match deadlocked at 3-3.

Nguyen earned the 6-3, 6-3 win to give UH the victory and snap LBSU's 38-match winning streak against Big West opponents, including regular season and tournament play.

With UH trailing 3-2, freshman Marina Hruba squared the match with her 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 2 over Ebba Unden.

All six singles matches ended in straight sets.  LBSU went the distance in doubles to take a 1-0 lead.  After the two teams split at Nos. 1 and 2, Unden and Alex Jones outlasted UH's Sarah Gealer and Hruba, 6-4, at No. 3. 

Roxanne Resma quickly evened the scoreline at 1-1 with her 6-0, 6-3 triumph at No. 4 over Laura Eales.  However, Hayley Thompson took care of Klara Pribylova at No. 5, winning 6-2, 6-2 to give the Beach back the lead.

The 'Bows tied the match again as Paulina Petriskova defeated Georgie Sanders by an identical 6-2, 6-2 score at No. 6.  LBSU retook the lead for the final time when Julie Gerard knocked off Gealer from the No. 3 spot, 6-2, 6-2.

UH improved to 13-9 on the year, while LBSU fell to 18-5.

BIG WEST TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
INDIAN WELLS TENNIS GARDEN
WOMEN'S SEMIFINALS
(4) HAWAI‘I 4, (1) LONG BEACH STATE 3


Doubles
1. Eales/Thompson (LBSU) def. Petriskova/Pribylova (UH) 6-2
2. Resma/Nguyen (UH) def. Razakasoa/Gerard (LBSU) 6-0
3. Unden/Jones (LBSU) def. Gealer/Hruba (UH) 6-4

Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
 
Singles
1. Cindy Nguyen (UH) def. Maeva Razakasoa (LBSU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Marina Hruba (UH) def. Ebba Unden (LBSU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Julie Gerard (LBSU) def. Sarah Gealer (UH) 6-2, 6-2
4. Roxanne Resma (UH) def. Laura Eales (LBSU) 6-0, 6-3
5. Hayley Thompson (LBSU) def. Klara Pribylova (UH) 6-2, 6-2
6. Paulina Petriskova (UH) def. Georgie Sanders (LBSU) 6-2, 6-2

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

UC Santa Barbara Returns To Women's Finals

UC Santa Barbara – CSUN WT Box Score

For the second straight year, UC Santa Barbara will fight for the Big West Women's Tennis Championship title as the second-seeded Gauchos looked impressive in a 4-1 semifinal victory over No. 6 seed CSUN on Friday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The Gauchos will face No. 4 seed Hawai‘i in the finals at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.  UCSB is looking to win its seventh tournament title all-time, but first in 20 years.  UCSB won its last of six straight championships in 1996.

The Gauchos appeared poised to not let CSUN, which upset No. 3 seed Cal State Fullerton in Thursday's quarterfinals, do the same to them.  UCSB picked up the doubles point with wins at No. 3 and No. 1, clinching the point when 24th-ranked Stefani Stojic and Palina Dubavets defeated Mickey Hsu and Kristen Poei, 6-3.

Three straight set victories from the Gaucho lineup sealed the deal.  Lou Adler knocked off Hsu from the No. 1 spot, 6-3, 6-1.  The Matadors pulled within 2-1 as Ki Kim registered a solid 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 5 over Amanda Atanasson.

However, the Gauchos displayed their overall depth with Natalie Da Silveira taking down Mari Taslagyan, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 6 to go up 3-1 in the contests.  With UCSB closing in on victory on the remaining three courts, it was Dubavets who finished first, winning 6-4, 6-3 against Vivian Lin at No. 2.

The Gauchos are now 17-7 on the year and take a seven-match winning streak into Saturday's championship match.

BIG WEST TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
INDIAN WELLS TENNIS GARDEN
WOMEN'S SEMIFINALS
(2) UC SANTA BARBARA 4, (6) CSUN 1


Doubles
1. Stojic/Dubavets (UCSB) def. Hsu/Poei (CSUN) 6-3
2. Baker/Yamada (UCSB) vs. Lin/Alcon (CSUN) DNF
3. Atanasson/Adler (UCSB) def. Kim/Taslagyan (CSUN) 6-4

Order of finish: 3, 1
 
Singles
1. Lou Adler (UCSB) def. Mickey Hsu (CSUN) 6-3, 6-1
2. Palina Dubavets (UCSB) def. Vivian Lin (CSUN) 6-4, 6-3
3. Stefani Stojic (UCSB) vs. Skyla Alcon (CSUN) DNF
4. Jaimee Gilbertson (UCSB) vs. Kristen Poei (CSUN) DNF
5. Ki Kim (CSUN) def. Amanda Atanasson (UCSB) 6-1, 6-3
6. Natalie Da Silveira (UCSB) def. Mari Taslagyan (CSUN) 6-4, 6-1

Order of finish: 1, 5, 6, 2