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UC Santa Barbara, Hawaii Earn Finals Rematch

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4/29/2017

Michelle Pits and Hawai'i will face off against UC Santa Barbara for the second year in a row.Hawai‘i - Cal State Fullerton WTEN Box Score

UC Santa Barbara - Long Beach State WTEN Box Score

Many familiar faces will stand on opposite sides of the net in Sunday’s Big West Women’s Tennis Championship match at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

HAWAI‘I WOMEN REACH FINALS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

The top-seeded Hawai‘i women’s team won a hard fought 4-1 semifinal match over No. 4 seed Cal State Fullerton at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Saturday.

The Rainbow Wahine advanced to the championship match for the second year in a row.  They will face No. 2 seed UC Santa Barbara in a rematch of the 2016 finals, with first serve slated for 9:00 a.m. (PT) on Sunday.

UH, the Big West regular season champion which finished 8-0 against conference opponents, seeks to win its first Big West Tournament title.

The Rainbow Wahine started strong by clinching the doubles point.  Marina Hruba and Michelle Pits earned a 6-2 victory over Masako Makiba and Danielle Pham at No. 3.  The clinching point came from the No. 2 slot as Cindy Nguyen and Klara Pribylova collected a 6-3 victory against Karla Portalatin and Sarah Nuno.

The Titans did not go quietly, although they fell into a 3-0 deficit.  Nikola Dolakova finished first at No. 5 singles, earning a 6-2, 6-1 triumph against Makiba.  UH went up 3-0 on court three where Hruba took care of Portalatin by a 6-3, 6-4 score.

However, CSF clawed back, and picked up its first point of the match at No. 4.  Nuno overcame a first set deficit to notch a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Roxanne Resma.

No. 1 and No. 2 singles both split their first two sets, and were mired in a battle in set three when the match ended.  Cindy Nguyen had match point at No. 2, but her teammate Pits finished first as she earned a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 thriller over Pham.

UH is now 16-6 on the year as it tries to avenge a loss to UCSB in last year’s final.  CSF, winners of a program single-season record 19 contests, ends its season at 19-4.

BIG WEST WOMEN'S TENNIS SEMIFINALS
INDIAN WELLS TENNIS GARDEN
SATURDAY, APRIL 29
(1) HAWAI‘I 4, (4) CAL STATE FULLERTON 1


Doubles
1. Melounova/Resma (UH) def. Valenzuela/De Leon (CSF) - 5-2 (unfinished)
2. Nguyen/Klara Pribylova (UH) def. Portalatin/Nuno (CSF) - 6-3
3. Hruba/Pits (UH) def Makiba/Pham (CSF) - 6-2

Order of finish: 3, 2

Singles
1. Petra Melounova (UH) vs. Alexis Valenzuela (CSF) - 4-6, 6-4, 3-3 (unfinished)
2. Cindy Nguyen (UH) vs. Camille De Leon (CSF) - 6-7 (3), 6-4, 5-1 (unfinished)
3. Marina Hruba (UH) def. Karla Portalatin (CSF) - 6-3, 6-4
4. Sarah Nuno (CSF) def. Roxanne Resma (UH) - 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. Nikola Dolakova (UH) def. Masako Makiba (CSF) - 6-2, 6-1
6. Michelle Pits (UH) def. Danielle Pham (CSF) - 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Order of finish: 5, 3, 4, 6

UC SANTA BARBARA POSITIONED TO WIN SECOND STRAIGHT WOMEN’S TITLE

No. 2 seed UC Santa Barbara survived a game effort from No. 3 Long Beach State, prevailing 4-1 in the Big West Women’s Tennis Tournament semifinals Saturday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The Gauchos defeated the Beach in the conference tournament for the first time since the 1994 quarterfinals.  UCSB, which captured the last year’s tourney crown as the second seed, gets a chance to repeat against the same team that lined up against them in 2016 - Hawai‘i.

UCSB turned the match in its early favor with the doubles point.  The two squads split at 1 and 2, and the point came down to No. 3 where Stephanie Yamada and Natalie Da Silveira slipped past Maren Helgo and Natalia Munoz, 6-4.

Singles had three of the six matches go to a final set.  The last two, on No. 5 and No. 6, went unfinished with UCSB leading 5-3 and 5-4 in the third set, respectively.

In between, the Gauchos took a 2-0 lead as Stefani Stojic captured a 6-1, 6-4 win over Helgo at No. 4.  Back came the Beach at No. 3 with Lena Pacholski downing Jaimee Gilbertson, 6-2, 6-4.

With the match at 2-1 in favor of UCSB, Da Silveira held off Julie Gerard at No. 2, winning by a break in each set for a 6-4, 7-5 final.  The Gauchos clinched the match at No. 1 singles.  Palina Dubavets and Maeva Razakasoa split the first two sets by identical 6-4 scores, but Dubavets turned it on in the final set to glean the 6-1 victory.

UCSB is now 16-9 on the year.  LBSU finished its season at 17-6.

BIG WEST WOMEN'S TENNIS SEMIFINALS
INDIAN WELLS TENNIS GARDEN
SATURDAY, APRIL 29
(2) UC SANTA BARBARA 4, (3) LONG BEACH STATE 1


Doubles
1. Dubavets/Stojic (UCSB) def. Razakasoa/Gerard (LBSU) - 6-2
2. Pacholski/Eales (LBSU) def. Atanasson/Baker (UCSB) - 6-3
3. Yamada/Da Silveira (UCSB) def. Helgo/Munoz (LBSU) - 6-4

Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

Singles
1. Palina Dubavets (UCSB) def. Maeva Razakasoa (LBSU) - 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
2. Natalie Da Silveira (UCSB) def. Julie Gerard (LBSU) - 6-4, 7-5
3. Lena Pacholski (LBSU) def. Jaimee Gilbertson (UCSB) - 6-2, 6-4
4. Stefani Stojic (UCSB) def. Maren Helga (LBSU) - 6-1, 6-4
5. Amanda Atanasson (UCSB) def. Natalia Munoz (LBSU) - 3-6, 6-4, 5-3 (unfinished)
6. Stephanie Yamada (UCSB) vs. Laura Eales (LBSU) - 6-4, 2-6, 5-4 (unfinished)

Order of finish: 4, 3, 2, 1