Gauchos Defeat Fullerton, Claim First Conference Win of Season

FULLERTON, Calif. The UC Santa Barbara women's tennis team (2-7, 1-1) bounced back from its loss against no. 42 UC Irvine with an impressive 4-3 win against Cal State Fullerton (2-7, 0-4) earlier today.

Santa Barbara has had its fair share of close matches this season and today was no different as the team had to battle in order to come out on top. Placing an emphasis on the importance of the doubles matches, the Gauchos were able to take the doubles point by winning two out of the three doubles fixtures. The duo of Kaiulani Boyer and Luisa Ortiz Candido recorded an impressive 8-4 win while the pair of Melissa Baker and Stacy Yam posted an 8-3 win on court no. 3.

Entering the singles matches with the 1-0 lead, UCSB looked to close out the deal and seal the win with a good performance from the singles matches. Junior, April Scatliffe once again played on court no. 1 and played an exceptional match. Unfortunately, Scatliffe endured a close loss by the score of 7-5, 4-6, 6-2. Freshmen, Kaiulani Boyer and Jaimee Gilbertson each helped the Gauchos as the two recorded victories. Boyer finished with a 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 win while Gilbertson cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Junior, Stacy Yam once again delivered a win for UCSB as she posted a winning score of 6-2, 6-2.

Up next for the Gauchos will be a pair of non-conference matches as the team will be on the road to face off against San Jose State and nationally ranked no. 63 Santa Clara University. UCSB will match up against the Spartans on Saturday, March 1st at noon and then face off against Santa Clara the very next day at noon.

Feb. 23, 2014
Fullerton, Calif.

1. Camille De Leon/Morgan McIntosh (CSF) def. Priscila Garcia/April Scatliffe (UCSB) 8-4
2. Kaiulani Boyer/Luisa Ortiz Candido (UCSB) def. Kalika Slevcove/Alexis Valenzuela (CSF) 8-4
3. Melissa Baker/Stacy Yam (UCSB) def. Rebekkah Ermac/Megan Sandford (CSF) 8-2

1. Alexis Valenzuela (CSF) def. April Scatliffe (UCSB) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
2. Kaiulani Boyer (UCSB) def. Morgan McIntosh (CSF) 3-6, 7-6, 6-2
3. Camille De Leon (CSF) def. Paola Cos (UCSB) 6-2, 6-2
4. Stacy Yam (UCSB) def. Kalika Slevcove (CSF) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jaimee Gilbertson (UCSB) def. Rebekkah Ermac (CSF) 6-1, 6-0
6. Jessica Pepa (CSF) def. Melissa Baker (UCSB) 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) 

UCSB Season Record (2-7, 1-1)