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Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara Square Off For Women's Title

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Women's Tennis Championship Central

4/25/2015

Long Beach State will make its 15th straight appearance in the finals of the Big West Women's Tennis Championship, while UC Santa Barbara will be competing in its first since 1999.  The two programs meet for the crown on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Long Beach State Holds Off Upstart CSUN To Reach Women’s Finals

Long Beach State - CSUN WT Box Score

Top-seeded Long Beach State overcame the loss of the doubles point and a spirited effort from No. 5 seed CSUN to win, 4-1, in a semifinal matchup of the Big West Women’s Tennis Championship at Indian Wells Tennis Garden Saturday.

The 49ers (17-5) reached the tournament final for the 15th consecutive year.  They seek to win their fifth straight tourney title, 11th in the last 12 years and 12th overall.

But to earn the opportunity, the 49ers first had to climb out of an early hole.  CSUN built a 1-0 lead thanks to winning the doubles point, using an 8-6 win at No. 2 from Vivian Lin and Ki Kim over Karolina Rozenberg and Laura Eales as the clincher.  LBSU received an 8-4 win at No. 3 from Maeva Razakasoa an Julie Gerard, while the CSUN tandem of Mickey Hsu and Kristen Poei won its match at No. 1.

The Matadors remained competitive to start out singles play.  Hsu at No. 1 and Kim at No. 4 each won their first sets.  However, the 49ers displayed their overall depth in the lineup to claim four singles victories.

Ebba Unden won 6-0, 6-0 over Lin at No. 2 to get things going for the 49ers, while Gerard fought back from an early deficit in the first set to triumph 6-4, 6-1 against Criss Rodriguez at No. 3.  Eales held off Mari Taslagyan (6-1, 6-4) at No. 6 to give the 49ers a 3-1 lead.

Rozenberg, an impressive 18-2 at No. 5 singles this season, clinched the match for LBSU with her 6-2, 7-5 victory over Poei.

The 49ers have won 14 straight matches at Indian Wells Tennis Garden and own an overall record 34-1 at the facility since the tournament moved there in 2004.

CSUN finished its season at 15-6, posting the program’s highest win total since 2011.

altBIG WEST TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
INDIAN WELLS TENNIS GARDEN
WOMEN’S SEMIFINALS
(1) LONG BEACH STATE 4, (5) CSUN 1


Doubles
1. Hsu/Poei (CSUN) def. Unden/Thompson (LBSU) - 8-5
2. Lin/Kim (CSUN) def. Rozenberg/Eales (LBSU) - 8-6
3. Razakasoa/Gerard (LBSU) def. Rodriguez/Warren (CSUN) - 8-4

Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

Singles
1. Maeva Razakasoa (LBSU) vs. Mickey Hsu (CSUN) - 3-6, 5-4 (DNF)
2. Ebba Unden (LBSU) def. Vivian Lin (CSUN) - 6-0, 6-0
3. Julie Gerard (LBSU) def. Criss Rodriguez (CSUN) - 6-4, 6-1
4. Hayley Thompson (LBSU) vs. Ki Kim (CSUN) - 2-6, 5-3 (DNF)
5. Karolina Rozenberg (LBSU) def. Kristen Poei (CSUN) - 6-2, 7-5
6. Laura Eales (LBSU) def. Mari Taslagyan (CSUN) - 6-1, 6-4

Order of finish: 2, 3, 6, 5

UC Santa Barbara Reaches Women’s Final For First Time in 16 Years

UC Santa Barbara - UC Irvine WT Box Score

Advancing to the championship match for the first time since 1999, No. 3 seed UC Santa Barbara battled nearly four hours to outlast No. 2 seed UC Irvine in a Big West Women’s Tennis Championship semifinal at Indian Wells Tennis Garden Saturday.

The 4-3 victory featured several twists and turns as the Gauchos looked to be in control with 2-0 and 3-1 leads, only to watch the resilient Anteaters tie the score at 3-3.

altThat brought the action center stage to court No. 4, where UCSB’s April Scatliffe and UCI’s Ali Facey were engaged in a back-and-forth battle that mirrored the theme of the match.  Scatliffe gritted out a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory to send the Gauchos to their first final since 1999 when the tournament was played at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club.

UCSB pushed out to an early 1-0 lead with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to claim the point.  Luisa Ortiz Candido then gave the Gauchos a 2-0 advantage with her 6-0, 6-3 triumph at No. 6 singles against Andrea Duva.

UCI No. 2 player Sarah Gong cut the deficit in half as she downed UCSB’s Jaimee Gilbertson, 6-3, 6-2, but UCSB’s Stacy Yam widened the lead back to two.  Yam posted a 6-4, 6-1 win over Mazy Watrous at No. 5.

On the ropes, UCI pushed back as Kat Facey topped Natalie Da Silveira in a close 6-3, 6-4 match at No. 1, followed by a comeback effort from Arisha Ladhani.  The ‘Eaters’ No. 3 player overcame an early deficit to defeat Melissa Baker by a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.  That set up the final showdown between Scatliffe and Ali Facey for the match.

UCSB seeks its first Big West Tournament title since 1996, which was the last of a six-year run of championships for the program.  UCSB improves to 16-8 on the year, while UCI falls to 15-9.

BIG WEST TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
INDIAN WELLS TENNIS GARDEN
WOMEN’S SEMIFINALS
(3) UC SANTA BARBARA 4, (2) UC IRVINE 3


Doubles
1. Ortiz Candido/Baker (UCSB) def. A. Facey/K. Facey (UCI) - 8-4
2. Gong/Watrous (UCI) vs. Priscila Garcia/Da Silveira (UCSB) - 5-4 (DNF)
3. Yam/Gilbertson (UCSB) def. Duva/Ladhani (UCI) - 8-3

Order of finish: 3, 1

Singles
1. Kat Facey (UCI) def. Natalie Da Silveira (UCSB) - 6-3, 6-4
2. Sarah Gong (UCI) def. Jaimee Gilbertson (UCSB) - 6-3, 6-2
3. Arisha Ladhani (UCI) def. Melissa Baker (UCSB) - 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
4. April Scatliffe (UCSB) def. Ali Facey (UCI) - 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
5. Stacy Yam (UCSB) def. Mazy Watrous (UCI) - 6-4, 6-1
6. Luisa Ortiz Candido (UCSB) def. Andrea Duva (UCI) - 6-0, 6-3

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


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