Gauchos Go Down, Lose 6-1 Decision to No. 27 Columbia

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

LAS VEGAS, Nev.After a narrow loss to UNLV yesterday, UC Santa Barbara (3-12, 2-1) got back on the courts today to take on No. 27 Columbia University (8-2). The nationally ranked Lions overwhelmed the Gauchos earlier today as Columbia cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Gauchos.

Santa Barbara could not win the coveted doubles point as Columbia captured doubles wins on courts No. 1 and 2. The lone doubles win for UCSB came on court 3 as senior, Kiersten Meehan and sophomore, Luisa Ortiz Candido won their second straight doubles match together with the 7-4 victory today.

The singles matches were tough all across the board as the Gauchos could only record one singles victory on the day.

Junior, April Scatliffe faced a major challenge today as she endured a 6-1, 6-0 loss. Freshman, Kaiulani Boyer seeded on court No. 2 once again, faced a tough 6-1, 6-2 defeat. Meehan and juniors, Stacy Yam and Paola Cos also faced tough losses today on courts 3, 4 and 5.

The lone bright spot on the day came from freshman and Noosa, Australia native, Jaimee Gilbertson. The freshman continues to shine on court No. 6 for UCSB as she extended her singles match win streak to seven matches with her 7-6, 7-6 win today.

The Gauchos will now go through finals week on the academic calendar and later host No. 52 Kansas State on Saturday, Mar. 22 at noon. UCSB will stick around home as the team will host Big West conference opponent, Hawaii on Monday, Mar. 24 at 11 a.m., and then host Sacramento State on Wednesday, Mar. 26 at noon.

Columbia 6
Mar. 16, 2014

1. Bianca Sanon/Kanika Vaidya (COL) def. Kaiulani Boyer/ Priscila Garcia (UCSB) 8-0
2. Tina Jiang/Crystal Leung (COL) def. April Scatliffe/ Stacy Yam (UCSB) 8-5
3. Ioana Alecsiu/Tiana Takenaga (COL) vs. Kiersten Meehan/Luisa Ortiz Candido (UCSB) 4-7

1. Kanika Vaidya (COL) def. April Scatliffe (UCSB) 6-1, 6-0
2. Tina Jiang (COL) def. Kauilani Boyher (UCSB) 6-2, 6-1
3. Bianca Sanon (COL) def. Kierstan Meehan (UCSB) 6-1, 6-0
4. Crystal Leung (Col) def. Stacy Yam (UCSB) 6-2, 6-2
5. Tiana Takenaga (COL) def. Paola Cos (UCSB) 6-2, 2-6, 11-9
6. Jamiee Gilbertson (UCSB) def. Ioana Alecsiu (COL) 7-6, 7-6

UCSB Season Record (3-12, 2-1)