UCSB Sweeps Eastern Washington in Season Finale, 7-0

April 10, 2009

Cheney, Wash. - The UC Santa Barbara women's tennis team finished its regular season by taking down Eastern Washington Friday morning by a score of 7-0. The Gauchos improve to 15-5 on the season while Eastern Washington drops to 8-10 on the year.

In doubles, the UCSB women swept the doubles point with ease. The pair of Michelle Murphy and Sofia Novak came away with an 8-1 victory over Marie Demerath and Amanda Mankovitz on court one. On court one, Jill Damion and Natalia Lozano soon followed with an 8-1 victory of their own to clinch the point.

In singles, the Gauchos continued to roll, taking every match in straight sets. Bryanna Ojeda was first off the court with a perfect 6-0, 6-0 win over Heather Handwerk at the No. 6 slot. Novak and Lozano both trumped their opponents, 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, respectively. The day finished up with Michelle Murphy topping Rachel Berger on center court to give the Gauchos their sixth sweep of the season.

The Gauchos will open post season next week (Friday, Apr. 17) when they enter the Big West tournament in Indian Wells, Calif.

Singles competition
1. Murphy, Michelle (UCSB) def. BERGER, Rachel (EWU-W) 6-1, 6-3
2. Damion, Jill (UCSB) def. MANKOVITS, Amanda (EWU-W) 6-1, 6-3
3. Novak, Sofia (UCSB) def. BAMPTON, Caitlin (EWU-W) 6-1, 6-1
4. Lozano, Natalia (UCSB) def. KING, Kasie (EWU-W) 6-1, 6-1
5. Onaga, Asagi (UCSB) def. LIENING, Judy (EWU-W) 6-1, 6-4
6. Ojeda, Bryanna (UCSB) def. HANDWERK, Heather (EWU-W) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. NOVAK, Sofia/MURPHY, Michelle (UCSB) def. DEMERATH, Marie/MANKOVITS, Amanda (EWU-W) 8-1
2. DAMION, Jill/LOZANO, Natalia (UCSB) def. BERGER, Rachel/LIENING, Judy (EWU-W) 8-1
3. ONAGA, Asagi/OJEDA, Bryanna (UCSB) def. KING, Kasie/BAMPTON, Caitlin (EWU-W) 8-5