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Top Three Seeds Advance To Women's Semifinals

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UC Santa Barbara advanced to the Big West Championship semifinals.

Familiar faces reached the semifinal round of the Big West Women's Tennis Championship as No. 1 Long Beach State, No. 2 UC Irvine and No. 3 UC Santa Barbara won on Friday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.  This is the fourth straight year all three squads have reached the semis together.

Meanwhile, the fourth entry into the semis, No. 5 seed CSUN, needed five hours to dispatch Hawai‘i in a grueling yet entertaining match.

Long Beach State Defeats Cal Poly In Quarterfinals

Long Beach State - Cal Poly WT Box Score

Top-seeded Long Beach State moved on at the Big West Women’s Tennis Championship with a 4-0 victory over No. 8 seed Cal Poly at Indian Wells Tennis Garden Friday.

The 49ers have now won 13 straight matches at Indian Wells as they advance to Saturday’s semifinals against the winner of No. 4 Hawai‘i and No. 5 CSUN.

The doubles point went to LBSU in a couple of closely contested matches.  At No. 1, Ebba Unden and Hayley Thompson battled for an 8-5 win over Cal Poly’s Louise Oxnevad and Danè Joubert.  The clincher came at No. 2 where Karolina Rozenberg and Laura Eales defeated Emily Gibbens and Hannah Stone, 8-4.

LBSU controlled singles play with straight set wins coming at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 6.  Julie Gerard sealed the match with her 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 3 over Molly Reed.  The 49ers also picked up points from Unden, who toppled Gibbens by another 6-3, 6-1 score from the No. 2 position, and Eales, who posted a 6-4, 6-0 win against Sayaka Tsugai.

LBSU improved to 16-5 on the year, while Cal Poly ended its season at 5-16.


1. Unden/Thompson (LBSU) def. Oxnevad/Danè Joubert (CP) - 8-5
2. Rozenberg/Eales (LBSU) def. Gibbens/Stone (CP) - 8-4
3. Razakasoa/Gerard (LBSU) vs. Oedekerk/Reed (CP) - 4-6 (unf.)

Order of finish: 1, 2

1. Maeva Razakasoa (LBSU) vs. Louise Oxnevad (CP) - 6-1, 5-1 (unf.)
2. Ebba Unden (LBSU) def. Emily Gibbens (CP) - 6-3, 6-1
3. Julie Gerard (LBSU) def. Molly Reed (CP) - 6-3, 6-1
4. Hayley Thompson (LBSU) vs. Hannah Stone (CP) - 6-2, 5-1 (unf.)
5. Karolina Rozenberg (LBSU) vs.. Zoe Oedekerk (CP) - 6-1, 3-6 (unf.)
6. Laura Eales (LBSU) def. Sayaka Tsugai (CP) - 6-4, 6-0

Order of finish: 2, 6, 3

UC Irvine Advances To Semifinals

UC Irvine - Cal State Fullerton WT Box Score

No. 2 seed UC Irvine defeated No. 7 seed Cal State Fullerton, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the Big West Women’s Tennis Championship at Indian Wells Tennis Garden Friday.

The Anteaters faced some resistance from the Titans but ultimately prevailed in doubles and singles.  UCI collected the doubles point after a back-and-forth affair.  Ali Facey and Kat Facey blanked the Titan tandem of Megan Sandford and Camille DeLeon, 8-0, at No. 1, but CSF responded at No. 2 as Danielle Pham and Alexis Valenzuela defeated Sarah Gong and Mazy Watrous, 8-3.  That put the spotlight on the No. 3 court, where UCI’s Andrea Duva and Arisha Ladhani claimed the doubles point in a 8-5 win against Emilia Borkowski and Kalika Slevcove.

UCI extended its lead to 3-0 with decisive victories at No. 2 and No. 6 singles.  Duva rolled to a 6-0, 6-2 win versus Michelle Erasmus and Gong followed with a, 6-1, 6-0 triumph against DeLeon. Watrous nailed down the match at No. 5 in a 6-4, 6-0 decision of Borkowski.

CSF (10-12) had won the first set at both No. 1 and No. 3 when the match ended.

The Anteaters (15-8) advance to the tournament semifinals for the 14th straight year.  They meet No. 3 seed UC Santa Barbara at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.


1. A. Facey/K. Facey (UCI) def. Sandford/DeLeon (CSF) - 8-0
2. Pham/Valenzuela (CSF) def. Gong/Watrous (UCI) - 8-3
3. Duva/Ladhani (UCI) def. Borkowski/Slevcove (CSF) - 8-5

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

1. Kat Facey (UCI) vs. Alexis Valenzuela (CSF) - 4-6, 0-1 (unf.)
2. Sarah Gong (UCI) def. Camille DeLeon (CSF) - 6-1, 6-0
3. Arisha Ladhani (UCI) vs. Megan Sandford (CSF) - 3-6, 5-3 (unf.)
4. Ali Facey (UCI) vs. Danielle Pham (CSF) - 6-3, 4-3 (unf.)
5. Mazy Watrous (UCI) def. Emilia Borkowski (CSF) - 6-4, 6-0
6. Andrea Duva (UCI) def. Michelle Erasmus (CSF) - 6-0, 6-2

Order of Finish: 6, 2, 5

UC Santa Barbara Guts Out Hard Fought Win Over UC Davis

UC Santa Barbara - UC Davis WT Box Score

No. 3 seed UC Santa Barbara found success at the bottom of its singles lineup and held off a game UC Davis squad to win, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the Big West Women’s Tennis Championship Friday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The Gauchos (15-8) also clinched the coveted doubles point to gain the early 1-0 advantage.  After winning in the No. 2 draw, UCSB’s Stacy Yam and Jaimee Gilbertson downed Frederique Sleiffer and Kamila Kecki at No. 3, 8-5.

The first four matches on the singles ladder extended to three sets, but UCSB used a pair of powerful performances from its No. 5 and No. 6 players to take a 3-0 lead.  Luisa Ortiz Candido breezed to a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 6 against Kecki, while Yam prevailed 6-4, 6-2 at No. 6 against Sleiffer.

UCSB concluded the match at No. 2, as Gilbertson finished off one of the three-set battles with her 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 victory against Layla Sanders.

The Gauchos make their fourth consecutive semifinals appearance, but must get past UC Irvine to reach the championship match for the first time since 1999.  UCSB faces the No. 2 seed Anteaters at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.

UC Davis finished its season with an 11-12 record.


1. Ortiz Candido/Baker (UCSB) vs. Sanders/Jorgensen (UCD) - 4-7 (unf.)
2. Priscila Garcia/Da Silveira (UCSB) def. Pham/Green (UCD) - 8-3
3. Yam/Gilbertson (UCSB) def. Sleiffer/Kecki (UCD) - 8-5

Order of finish: 2, 3

1. Natalie Da Silveira (UCSB) vs. Kristy Jorgensen (UCD) - 7-5, 2-6, 2-1 (unf.)
2. Jaimee Gilbertson (UCSB) def. Layla Sanders (UCD) - 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
3. Melissa Baker (UCSB) vs. Lani-Rae Green (UCD) - 4-6, 6-3, 3-0 (unf.)
4. April Scatliffe (UCSB) vs. Tiffany Pham (UCD) - 6-1, 2-6, 2-2 (unf.)
5. Stacy Yam (UCSB) def. Frederique Sleiffer (UCD) - 6-4, 6-2
6. Luisa Ortiz Candido (UCSB) def. Kamila Kecki (UCD) - 6-2, 6-1

Order of finish: 6, 5, 2

CSUN Survives Marathon Five-Hour Match Against Hawai‘i

CSUN - Hawai‘i WT Box Score

CSUN junior Jessica Warren polished off a grueling five-hour battle against No. 4 seed Hawai‘i with a gutsy three-set victory in No. 6 singles, giving the Matadors the final spot in the semifinals of the Big West Women’s Tennis Championship.

Warren’s 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-5 victory against the Rainbow Wahine’s Rebecca Faltusz ensured CSUN’s 4-3 triumph, which sets up a date with top-seeded Long Beach State on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.  It was the lone three-set match in singles.

CSUN earned the crucial doubles point to open the match, and that didn’t come easy either.  UH’s Cindy Nguyen teamed with Faltusz to defeat CSUN’s Vivian Lin and Ki Kim at No. 2, 8-4.  But the Matadors twice staved off the Rainbow Wahine in tiebreaker fashion at the No. 1 and No. 3 draws.  Criss Rodriguez and Warren clinched the point for CSUN at No. 3, topping Viktoria Malova and Sarah Gealer, 8-7 (4).

UH shook off any ill effects from losing the tight doubles point battle and came out on fire in singles.  Nguyen dispatched Mickey Hsu at No. 1, 6-0, 6-1, and Malova followed shortly thereafter with an identical result against Lin to give UH a 2-1 lead.

CSUN evened the match at 2-2 when Poei breezed to a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Gealer at No. 5, and the Matadors retook the lead with Rodriguez at No. 3.  She knocked of Martina Kostalova by a 6-1, 7-5 score.  Undeterred, UH responded right back with a victory at No. 4, Paulina Petriskova rolling to a 6-4, 6-2 triumph against Kim, and setting up the showdown at No. 6.

The Matadors improve to 15-5 on the year, representing the program’s highest win total since 2011.  UH finishes the year 10-10 overall.

(5) CSUN 4, (4) HAWAI‘I 3

1. Hsu/Poei (CSUN) def. Kostalova/Petriskova (UH) - 8-7 (1)
2. Nguyen/Faltusz (UH) def. Lin/Kim (CSUN) - 8-4
3. Rodriguez/Warren (CSUN) def. Malova/Gealer (UH) - 8-7 (4)

Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

1. Cindy Nguyen (UH) def. Mickey Hsu (CSUN) - 6-0, 6-1
2. Viktoria Malova (UH) def. Vivian Lin (CSUN) - 6-0, 6-1
3. Criss Rodriguez (CSUN) def. Martina Kostalova (UH) - 6-1, 7-5
4. Paulina Petriskova (UH) def. Ki Kim (CSUN) - 6-4, 6-2
5. Kristen Poei (CSUN) def. Sarah Gealer (UH) - 6-3, 6-0
6. Jessica Warren (CSUN) def. Rebecca Faltusz (UH) - 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-5

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