TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 63 UC Santa Barbara women's tennis team lost its season opener on the road at the University of Arizona on Saturday, 6-1.
The Wildcats swept all three doubles matches to earn the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead. Two of the three matches were tight. The Gaucho duo of Sofia Novak and Natalia Lozano lost an 8-5 decision to Natasha Marks and Lacey Smyth at No. 1 wihile Jordan Dockendorf and Kiersten Meehan lost 9-7 at No. 2.
UCSB's only singles win came at the No. 5 spot where freshman April Scatliffe swept Arizona's Susan McRann, 6-2, 6-3. The other five matches were 2-0 sweeps. At No. 1 singels, Novak lost the first set to Smyth 6-1, but pushed her opponent in the second set, 7-5.
The Gauchos remain in the Grand Canyon State to play at Arizona State on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. They will then travel to Miami next weekend where they will take-on South Florida on Saturday, Jan. 28 in the first roiund of the ITA National Indoor Championship.
UCSB will play its first home match on Saturday, Feb. 11 when it hosts UC Davis at 11:00 a.m. on the Robertson Gym Courts.
Arizona 6, UC Santa Barbara 1
No.1 Marks/Smyth (Arizona) def. Novak/Lozano (UCSB), 8-5
No. 2 Landsman/Johnson (Arizona) def. Dockendorf/Meehan (UCSB), 9-7
No. 3 Stubbe/McRann (Arizona) def. Scatliffe/Cos (UCSB), 8-2
Order of Finish: 3,1,2
No. 1 Lacey Smyth (Arizona) def. Sofia Novak (UCSB), 6-1, 7-5
No. 2 Kim Stubbe (Arizona) def. Natalia Lozano (UCSB), 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 Natasha Marks (Arizona) def. Kiersten Meehan (UCSB), 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 Sarah Landsman (Arizona) def. Paola Cos (UCSB), 6-0, 6-2
No. 5 April Scatliffe (UCSB) def. Susan McRann (Arizona), 2-6, 3-6
No. 6 Laura Oldham (Arizona) def. Jordon Dockendorf (UCSB), 6-1, 6-4
Debora Castany (Arizona) def. Erica Cano (UCSB),8-3
Order of Finish: 4,2,1,3,5,6