Stanford, Calif. – The losing woes continue for the UCSB women's tennis team following its 7-0 loss to No. 28 Stanford on Wednesday.
UCSB has now lost four consecutive matches and ends non-conference play with an overall record of 6-11. It will begin Big West Conference play next week with home matches on Friday, March 30 vs. Hawaii and Saturday, March 31 vs. Long Beach State.
"Stanford is a tough team, definitely one of the best and I think we competed well," sophomore Amit Lev Ari said. "Everybody tried hard to always bring one more ball and I think that overall we were positive. It is good preparation to compete against such a tough team before entering conference matches. I'm sure we will gather our energy and come stronger on Friday against Hawaii."
Contrary to the Gauchos, Stanford extended its recent hot streak by winning its fifth-straight match to improve to 9-3. The Cardinal are now 7-1 in home matches, which serves as an add-on to Stanford now having won 44 of its last 47 matches when playing at home at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
UC Santa Barbara faced the challenge of taking on Stanford's dominance early during doubles play as junior Stephanie Yamada and freshman Lise Sentenac took on Emma Higuchi and Janice Shin. UCSB's duo was swept 6-0.
Playing on court one, Santa Barbara's No. 45 combo of senior Palina Dubavets and Natalie Da Silveira was defeated 6-3 by Stanford's No. 3 Emily Arbuthnott and Michaela Gordon. Arbuthnott and Gordon are the highest ITA Doubles pair Dubavets and Da Silveira have faced this season. The win gave the Cardinal a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.
Although facing a deficit while heading into singles play is a position the Gauchos have been in before, falling behind against a team of Stanford's caliber made overcoming such a deficit even tougher.
UCSB endured its first loss in singles play when Sentenac was blanked in back-to-back sets 6-0, 6-0 by Higuchi, giving Stanford a 2-0 lead.
With the momentum swaying in favor of Stanford, UCSB was faced an uphill battle that was slowly growing out of reach. A potential comeback became more unlikely once senior Amanda Atanasson fell short to Caroline Lampl by final scores of 6-2, 6-4.
Santa Barbara's chances of a comeback came to an end once Dubavets was defeated 6-2, 6-3 by Gordon on court No. 1, securing the match point and victory for Stanford.
However, both sides agreed to continue the match, which led to Stanford extending its win to 7-0 over UCSB.
No. 28 Stanford 7, UC Santa Barbara 0
1) No. 3 Arbuthnott/Gordon (STAN) d. No. 45 Da Silveira/Dubavets (UCSB) 6-3
2) Atanasson/Lev Ari (UCSB) led Lampl/Yee (STAN) 6-5, unfinished
3) Lord/Shin (STAN) d. Sentenac/Yamada (UCSB) 6-0
Order of Finish: 3, 1
1) No. 10 Michaela Gordon (STAN) d. Palina Dubavets (UCSB) 6-2, 6-3
2) No. 64 Melissa Lord (STAN) d. Natalie Da Silveira (UCSB) 6-3, 6-2
3) No. 98 Caroline Lampl (STAN) d. Amanda Atanasson (UCSB) 6-1, 6-4
4) No. 40 Emily Arbuthnott (STAN) d. Amit Lev Ari (UCSB) 7-6 (8), 6-4
5) Janice Shin (STAN) d. Stephanie Yamada (UCSB) 6-2, 6-3
6) Emma Higuchi (STAN) d. Lise Sentenac (UCSB) 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: 6, 3, 1, 2, 5, 4