March 7, 2013

Gauchos Top Eastern Michigan, Dropped Delayed Match to Furman on Busy Friday

For a box score from the UCSB-Furman match, click here.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The 56th-ranked UC Santa Barbara women's tennis team split a pair of matches on Friday afternoon…sort of. 

On Thursday afternoon, the Gauchos battled Furman University to a 3-3 tie through the six singles matches and then the rains came and the doubles were pushed to Friday at noon.  

The Paladins win the doubles point, claiming the No. 1 and No. 3 matches, to post a 4-3 win over UCSB.

In the match against Furman, the Gauchos were led by Kiersten Meehan who swept past Katherine Oudin at No. 2 singles.  In addition, Meehan and her doubles partner, April Scatliffe, were up 6-3 when their No. 2 doubles contest was called after the other two were decided.

At. No. 3 singles, Paola Cos swept Alex Moreno-Kaste in a tough one, 7-6 (9), 7-5, while Erica Cano claimed a 6-3, 6-3 sweep over Kelly Sullivan at No. 6.

In today's regularly scheduled match, UCSB bounced back with a 5-2 win over Eastern Michigan.

The Gauchos claimed the doubles point with wins at No. 1 (Cano and Priscilla Garcia def. Nino Mebuke and Klara Supejova, 8-4) and No. 3 (Cos and Stacy Yam def. Ankita Bhatia and Zsofia Biro, 8-2).

Santa Barbara also recorded four singles victories.  At No. 1, Scatliffe knocked-off Mebuke, 6-4, 6-1.  Meehan had a tougher time at No. 2, but she was able to rebound form a first set loss to defeat Supejova, 2-6, 6-0, 6-3.  Cos swept Daphne Friedrichs at No. 3, 6-3, 6-4, and Yam topped Mariya Toncheva at No. 5, 6-2, 6-2. 

"I liked our level of play against Eastern Michigan," said UCSB head coach Simon Thibodeau.  "That was a nice win after along day.  I am looking forward to our Big West match against Cal State Fullerton on Sunday."

The Gauchos, 9-4, will host the Titans at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. 

Tennis Match Results

Furman vs UC Santa Barbara

3/7/2013 at Santa Barbara, Calif.

(Robertson Gym Courts)

Furman 4, #56 UC Santa Barbara 3

Singles competition

1. Lauren Kline (FUR) def. April Scatliffe (UCSB) 6-3, 6-2

2. Kiersten Meehan (UCSB) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 6-1, 6-1

3. Paola Cos (UCSB) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 7-6, 7-5

4. Michele Stanford (FUR) def. Priscilia Garcia (UCSB) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2

5. Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Stacy Yam (UCSB) 7-5, 6-0

6. Erica Cano (UCSB) def. Kelly Sullivan (FUR) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition

1. Lauren Kline/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Priscilia Garcia/Erica Cano (UCSB) 8-3

2. Michele Stanford/Amanda Murray (FUR) vs. Kiersten Meehan/April Scatliffe (UCSB) no result

3. Margaret Boyette/Kelly Sullivan (FUR) def. Megan Carter/Karolina Kecki (UCSB) 8-4