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Top Seeds Advance In Women's Tennis Tournament

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Women's Tennis Tournament Central


Hawai‘i - UC Irvine WTEN Box Score

UC Santa Barbara - Cal Poly WTEN Box Score

Long Beach State - UC Davis WTEN Box Score

Cal State Fullerton - CSUN WTEN Box Score

The top four seeds in the Big West Women's Tennis Tournament advanced to the semifinal round with only one school – No. 4 seed Cal State Fullerton - not winning via the sweep.

Top-Seeded Hawai‘i Breezes To Victory

The No. 1 seed Hawai‘i earned a 4-0 win over No. 8 seed UC Irvine in the quarterfinals of the Big West Women's Tennis Tournament at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Friday.

The Rainbow Wahine captured the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3.  The top team of Petra Melounova and Roxanne Resma tallied a 6-2 win over Vivien Dvali and Hali Dickson to clinch the point.

In singles, UH reeled off three straight wins to punch their ticket to the semifinals.  Marina Hruba was the first to finish, posting a 6-1, 6-2 triumph at No. 2 against Stephanie Hazell.  Resma followed with a 6-2, 6-0 win against Cassidy Branstine at No. 3.  At No. 6 singles, Klara Pribylova consummated the win with her 6-1, 6-3 victory over Jacqueline Tsodikova.

UH improved to 15-6 on the year while UCI ended its season at 6-18.

(1) HAWAI‘I 4, (8) UC IRVINE 0

1. Melounova/Resma (UH) def. Dvali/Hali Dickson (UCI) - 6-2
2. Nguyen/Klara Pribylova (UH) vs. Hall/Hazell (UCI) - 5-2 (unfinished)
3. Hruba/Pits (UH) def. Ca. Branstine/Nguyen (UCI) - 6-0

Order of finish: 3, 1

1. Cindy Nguyen (UH) vs. Vivien Dvali (UCI) - 6-2, 3-4 (unfinished)
2. Marina Hruba (UH) def. Stephanie Hazell (UCI) - 6-1, 6-2
3. Roxanne Resma (UH) def. Cassidy Branstine (UCI) - 6-2, 6-0
4. Nikola Dolakova (UH) vs. Stephanie Nguyen (UCI) - 6-2, 3-4 (unfinished)
5. Michelle Pits (UH) vs. Ashlynn Hall (UCI) - 6-4, 4-1 (unfinished)
6. Klara Pribylova (UH) def. Jacqueline Tsodikova (UCI) - 6-1, 6-3

Order of finish: 2, 3, 6

UC Santa Barbara Rolls Into Semifinals

No. 2 seed UC Santa Barbara moved one step closer to defending its Big West Tournament title with a quarterfinal victory over No. 7 Cal Poly on Friday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The Gauchos did not relinquish a set in winning their eighth straight match.  UCSB claimed the doubles point with wins at the top two positions.  The No. 2 duo of Stephanie Yamada and Natalie Da Silveira downed Susanne Boyden and Abigail Bacharach, 6-4, to give the Gauchos a 1-0 lead.

UCSB then won three matches in a row in straight sets to cement the victory.  Ami Lev-Ari earned a 6-0, 6-3 win over Bacharach at No. 6, Jaimee Gilbertson battled to a 6-4, 6-4 triumph against Seriana Saltzen at No. 3, and Melissa Baker took a 6-0, 7-5 win over Celine Gruaz.  Boyden took UCSB's top player, Palina Dubavets, to a third set before the match was abandoned due to completion.

The Gauchos move to 15-9 on the season and take on No. 3 seed Long Beach State in Saturday's semifinals at 9:00 a.m.


1. Dubavets/Stojic (UCSB) def. Seriana Saltzen (CP) - 6-2
2. Yamada/Da Silveira (UCSB) def. Boyden/Bacharach (CP) - 6-4
3. Gilbertson/Baker (UCSB) vs. Oxnevad/Gruaz (CP) - 5-4 (unfinished)

Order of finish: 1, 2

1. Palina Dubavets (UCSB) vs. Susanne Boyden (CP) - 6-1, 2-6, 4-0 (unfinished)
2. Natalie Da Silveira (UCSB) vs. Louise Oxnevad (CP) - 6-2, 5-5 (unfinished)
3. Jaimee Gilbertson (UCSB) def. Seriana Saltzen (CP) - 6-4, 6-4
4. Stephanie Yamada (UCSB) vs. Molly Reed (CP) - 6-1, 5-2 (unfinished)
5. Melissa Baker (UCSB) def. Celine Gruaz (CP) - 6-0, 7-5
6. Ami Lev-Ari (UCSB) def. Abigail Bacharach (CP) - 6-0, 6-3

Order of finish: 6, 3, 5

Long Beach State Sweeps UC Davis

No. 3 seed Long Beach State notched a 4-0 victory over No. 6 seed UC Davis in the Big West Women's Tennis Tournament quarterfinals Friday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The Beach improved to 17-5 on the year while the Aggies concluded their season at 15-10.

Long Beach State did not lose a game in four of its six sets won.  Two-time Big West Player of the Year Maeva Razakasoa posted a 6-0, 6-4 win over Kristy Jorgensen for the first Beach singles point.  Freshman Natalia Munoz followed suit with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Jessie Lee at No. 5.  Senior Julie Gerard gave LBSU another point from the top of its lineup, as she took a 6-0, 6-4 decision over Lani-Rae Green.

The Beach went up 1-0 in the match with a tightly contested doubles battle against the Aggies.  Lena Pacholski and Laura Eales clinched the doubles point with their triumph at No. 2, knocking off Kristina Breisacher and Green by a 6-4 score.


1. Razakasoa/Gerard (LBSU) vs. Jorgensen/Pradeep (UCD) - 5-4 (unfinished)
2. Pacholski/Eales (LBSU) def. Breisacher/Green (UCD) - 6-4
3. Helgo/Munoz (LBSU) def. Samantha Martino/Kamila Kecki (UCD) - 6-2

Order of finish: 3, 2

1. Maeva Razakasoa (LBSU) def. Kristy Jorgensen (UCD) - 6-0, 6-4
2. Julie Gerard (LBSU) def. Lani-Rae Green (UCD) - 6-0, 6-4
3. Lena Pacholski (LBSU) def. Kristina Breisacher (UCD) - 6-7 (5), 3-0 (unfinished)
4. Maren Helgo (LBSU) vs. Nikita Pradeep (UCD) - 3-6, 1-2 (unfinished)
5. Natalia Munoz (LBSU) def. Jessie Lee (UCD) - 6-0, 6-0
6. Laura Eales (LBSU) vs. Isabella von Ebbe (UCD) - 7-6 (3), 0-3 (unfinished)

Order of finish: 1, 5, 2

Cal State Fullerton Ekes Out Marathon Victory Over CSUN

It took over three hours for No. 4 Cal State Fullerton to prevail in a hard fought 4-3 contest against No. 5 CSUN to close out quarterfinal play of the Big West Women's Tennis Tournament on Friday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The Titans lost the doubles point for only the second time all year – but also the second consecutive match.  CSF dropped matches at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to reach a 1-0 deficit.

Camille DeLeon evened the scoreline at 1-1 with her 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles against Elisa Elhadj, but the Matadors responded for the 2-1 lead as Kristen Poei knocked off Danielle Pham, 6-4, 6-4.

Sarah Nuno tied the score again at 2-2, winning by a break in each set to topple Kiryang Kim, 7-5, 6-4, at No. 4.  Back-and-forth the pendulum swing as CSUN retook the lead for a third time, going up 3-2 after Skyla Alcon's comeback 3-6, 7-5, 6-0 win at No. 3 versus Karla Portalatin.

But the Titans dug in to win their program single-season record 19th match.  Alexis Valenzuela won at the top of the lineup in a battle against Mickey Hsu, eventually prevailing 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.  The match came down to No. 5 singles where Masako Makiba held on for the 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 triumph over Emma Roenholt.  Makiba had led 5-2 in the third set before Roenholt closed the gap, but could not come back completely.

CSF takes on No. 1 seed Hawai‘i in the semifinals at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.  The Matadors end their season at 9-12.


1. Valenzuela/De Leon (CSF) vs. Hsu/Vivian Lin (CSUN) - 4-5 (unfinished)
2. Alcon/Elhadj (CSUN) def. Portalatin/Nuno (CSF) - 6-4
3. Kim/Poei (CSUN) def. Makiba/Pham (CSF) - 6-3

Order of finish: 3, 2

1. Alexis Valenzuela (CSF) def. Mickey Hsu (CSUN) - 6-4, 4-6, 6-0
2. Camille De Leon (CSF) def. Elisa Elhadj (CSUN) - 6-1, 6-3
3. Skyla Alcon (CSUN) def. Karla Portalatin (CSF) - 3-6, 7-5, 6-0
4. Sarah Nuno (CSF) def. Kiryang Kim (CSUN) - 7-5, 6-4
5. Masako Makiba (CSF) def. Emma Roenholt (CSUN) - 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
6. Kristen Poei (CSUN) def. Danielle Pham (CSF) - 6-4, 6-4

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