Five Gauchos Land Spots on Big West All-Conference Teams

UCSB women's tennis players cheering as a match takes place (Photo by Josh Barber)
UCSB women's tennis players cheering as a match takes place (Photo by Josh Barber)

Santa Barbara, Calif. – A total of five players of the UC Santa Barbara women's tennis team were named to a Big West All-Conference team. The conference selections were announced on Wednesday, May 2.

Two Gauchos were named to Big West First Teams with the most frequent name being senior Palina Dubavets, who earned a First Team selection for both singles and doubles. Her and senior Natalie Da Silveira ended the regular season No. 42 in the ITA Doubles rankings.

The tandem of Dubavets and Da Silveira ended the year 15-7 in doubles play, a total that includes both regular season and conference tournament play. Despite UCSB's loss to Hawaii in the Big West semifinals, UCSB's senior pair sustained their winning streak, and have won eight consecutive matches.

This is the third-straight year Dubavets has been on both the Big West First Team singles and doubles teams. She ended the 2018 season with a 9-11 record in singles play.

For the second year in a row, Da Silveira made the Big West Second Team for singles play. She concluded her final season at UCSB with a 6-10 singles record.

Rounding out singles play for the Gauchos are both senior Amanda Atanasson and sophomore Amit Lev Ari, who secured spots on the Big West Honorable Mention team. Atanasson went 8-9 in her final year as a Gaucho. Meanwhile, Lev Ari surprised many by capitalizing during the Gauchos' injury woes, as she tallied her season-high of three consecutive wins three times throughout the year to finish with an 11-7 singles record.

Lev Ari's performance was also recognized in the doubles field, as she and freshman Lise Sentenac were named to the Big West Honorable Mention Doubles team. The two played a total of 10 matches together and ended 2018 with a 4-1 record in dual matches, while the other half of their matches were ruled unfinished.  

Each player certainly played a role in UCSB's strong end to the season in which it went 12-13 overall and 7-1 in the Big West for its first ever regular season conference title.