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UC Irvine Women Win First Round Matchup

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No. 8 seed UC Irvine earned a 4-0 victory over No. 9 seed UC Riverside in first round action to conclude day one of the 2017 Big West Women's Tennis Tournament from Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The Anteaters moved on to Friday's quarterfinals for a meeting against top-ranked Hawai‘i at 9 a.m.

UCI (6-17) won a couple of closely contested matches to capture the doubles point.  At the No. 1 position, Ashlynn Hall and Stephanie Hazell squeezed out a 6-4 victory over Karla Dulay and Tamilla Vaksman.  The No. 2 duo of Vivien Dvali and Hali Dickson then won by the same score over Highlander counterparts Tracy Van and Lauren Wolfe.

The bottom of the UCI lineup quickly extended the advantage to 3-0 as Hall notched a 6-1, 6-4 win over Vaksman at No. 5.  Jacqueline Tsodikova followed with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph at No. 6 over Natalie Penner.

The Highlanders captured the first set at both No. 2 and No. 3 singles, and Dulay appeared headed to send the No. 1 match to a third set.  But Dvali rebounded from a 5-3 deficit in a second set tiebreaker, capturing the 6-2, 7-6 (5) victory to cement the win.  UCR concluded its season at 6-17.


1. Hall/Hazell (UCI) def. Dulay/Vaksman (UCR) - 6-4
2. Dvali/Dickson (UCI) def. Van/Wolfe (UCR) - 6-4
3. Ca. Branstine (UCI) vs. Khattab/Penner (UCR) - 4-5 (unfinished)

Order of finish: 1, 2

1. Vivien Dvali (UCI) def. Karla Dulay (UCR) - 6-2, 7-6 (5)
2. Stephanie Hazell (UCI) vs. Sara Khattab (UCR) - 5-7, 3-3 (unfinished)
3. Cassidy Branstine (UCI) vs. Tracy Van (UCR) - 5-7, 2-4 (unfinished)
4. Stephanie Nguyen (UCI) vs. Lauren Wolfe (UCR) - 6-0, 1-6, 4-1 (unfinished)
5. Ashlynn Hall (UCI) def. Tamilla Vaksman (UCR) - 6-1, 6-4
6. Jacqueline Tsodikova (UCI) def. Natalie Penner (UCR) - 6-1, 6-3

Order of finish: 5, 6, 1