Gauchos Continue Action at USTA/ITA Regional in San Diego

Kiersten Meehan (Photo by Vince Agapito)
Kiersten Meehan (Photo by Vince Agapito)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Kiersten Meehan won her Round of 16 match and will advance to the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket of the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championships at San Diego State on Saturday. 

Meehan's swept Hawaii's Paulina Petriskova, 6-0, 6-0 en route to a quarterfinal match-up against another Big West foe, UC Irvine's Sarah Wong. Wong won that match, 7-5, 7-5.

Another Gaucho won her first consolation bracket match on Saturday. Priscila Garcia, defeated Grand Canyon's Frederique Van de Velde in a grind-it-out match, 6-4, 6-7, 16-14. Garcia then lost to Grand Canyon's Janaki Gunuganti, 6-0, 6-4. 

A pair of UCSB players advance in the unfortunately named "Lucky Loser" bracket.  Stacy Yam came back to beat SDSU's Tamitha Nguyen, 1-6, 6-3, 10-8 and Melissa Baker swept Hawaii's Rebecca Faltusz, 6-4, 6-2. 

The last Gaucho doubles team standing, Baker and Yam, was ousted in the third round of the main bracket, 8-4 by Brynn Boren/Zoe Katz of USC.

Saturday, September 19, 2013
USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championship at San Diego, Calif.
UC Santa Barbara Results

Consolation Bracket
Fourth Round
Kiersten Meehan (UCSB) d. Paulina Petriskova (UH) – 6-0, 6-0
Priscila Garcia (UCSB) d. Frederique Van de Velde (Gr. Canyon) – 6-4, 6-7, 16-14
Ali Facey (UCI) d. Luisa Ortiz Candido (UCSB) – 6-1, 6-1
Janaki Gunuganti (Gr. Canyon) d. Priscila Garcia (UCSB) – 6-0, 6-4
Sarah Gong (UCI) d. Miersten Meehan (UCSB) - 7-5, 7-5

Lucky Loser
First Round
Alexis Valenzuela (CSUF) d. April Scatliffe (UCSB) – 7-5, 6-2
Stacy Yam (UCSB) d. Tamitha Nguyen (SDSU) – 1-6, 6-3, 10-8
Melissa Baker (UCSB) d. Rebecca Faltusz (UH) – 6-4, 6-2 

Main Bracket
Third Round
Brynn Boren/Zoe Katz (USC) d. Melissa Baker/Stacy Yam (UCSB) – 8-4