UCSB Closes out Regular Season Looking to Hold Top Spot

Dominika Paterova (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Dominika Paterova (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.- To conclude its regular season slate, the UC Santa Barbara Women's Tennis team heads to CSUN in its penultimate conference match on Friday, April 19, at 1 p.m., before it hosts Cal Poly on Saturday, April 20, at 1:30 p.m. for Senior Day.

"We're coming into the home stretch here. It's time for us to give it our all in these final two games," said Head Coach Simon Thibodeau. "With the tournament only a week out, we want to remain in this top spot and it's going to take a strong weekend for us to close it out."

UCSB boasts the top spot in the Big West Conference with an 11-7 overall record, 5-1 in conference play following a pair of wins over the weekend against UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton.

Dominika Paterova made her much anticipated return against Irvine and shined in doubles. Paterova was unbeaten with two wins in her pair of initial matches back from injury.

In Paterova's absence, Amit Lev Ari has taken charge of the Gauchos attack and it was no different as UCSB dethrone Fullerton last weekend.

Lev Ari earned a Big West Conference Athlete of the Week nomination following her perfect 4-0 weekend including an undefeated stretch from singles No. 1. The junior is 12-4 in dual match singles and advertises a 4-1 singles record from court one.

Toward the back half of the lineup, Juliana Valero continues to sting Big West foes with a perfect 5-0 conference record and four straight singles wins.

Northridge previews the match with a profound 14-4 overall dual match record, however the Matadors are just 3-4 in Big West meetings.

Ana Fraile Toboso has displayed an remarkable 15-1 dual match singles record for the Matadors while Emma Roenholt has 14 wins and just two losses in singles play.

CSUN has a 14-1 record at singles No. 6 and believe it or not, its record on court four is even more notable. The Matadors haven't lost at singles No. 4 and have a 16-0 record from players in the four-spot.

In another edition of the Blue-Green Rivalry, Cal Poly comes to town with a 7-10 dual match record with 3 wins and 4 losses in conference play.

The polar opposite from CSUN, the Mustangs have a 1-12 record from the fourth court, yet they strive from court one.

The matchup of the day is shaping up to be Amit Lev Ari against Emily Louie-Meadors who has an 8-4 record from the first spot in the lineup.

UC Santa Barbara Women's Tennis culminates its regular season this upcoming weekend looking to secure the top spot heading into the Big West Tournament which kicks off on Friday, April 26 in Indian Wells, Calif.