January 25, 2009

UCSB Sweeps Cal State Bakersfield 7-0 in Season Opener

Jan. 25, 2009

Santa Barbara, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's tennis team opened their 2009 campaign with a 7-0 sweep of visiting Cal State Bakersfield at the Rob Gym courts Sunday afternoon.

The win was especially disastrous for the Roadrunners as the Gauchos did not give up a single match in singles competition.

The Roadrunners had trouble from the beginning as the Gauchos first swept the doubles point. At the No. 1 position, junior transfer Michelle Murphy and sophomore Jill Damion outmatched Kirsty Jenkins and Kaydee Graham with an 8-2 result. Bryanna Ojeda and Natalia Lozano also made quick work of the Roadrunner's Sara Mijwell and Ashlee Thorneycroyt, defeating the No. 2 pair, 8-2. The win sealed the doubles point and put the Gauchos in front 1-0.

The momentum carried over into singles play as the Gauchos continued to dominate. Murphy and Damion led the way at the No. 1 and No. 2 slots respectively. Murphy downed Roadrunners' Jenkins 6-1, 6-3, while Damion followed up with a 6-2, 6-3 rout of Veronica Dimes.

Asagi Onaga and Sofia Novak also entered the mix for the Gauchos, devastating their opponents and sealing the first Gaucho victory of the year.

The Gauchos pick up their first win of the year, improving to 1-0 on the season. The UCSB women will not play until Feb. 7 where they will travel to Big West rival UC Davis.

Doubles
1. Murphy/Damion def. Jenkins/Graham, 8-2
2. Ojeda/Lozano def. Mijwell/Thorneycroyt, 8-2
3. Onaga/Novak def. Diamaati/Dimes, 8-1

Singles
1. Murphy def. Jenkins, 6-1, 6-3
2. Damion def. Veronica Dimes, 6-2, 6-3
3. Onaga def. Diamanti, 6-3, 6-1
4. Novak def. Graham, 6-1, 6-3
5. Lozano def. Thorneycroyt, 6-1, 6-2
6. Ojeda def. Mijuel, 6-2, 6-2