Gauchos Have Solid Debut at Cal State Fullerton Intercollegiates

Oct. 8, 2007

FULLERTON, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's tennis team, playing with four newcomers, got its feet wet this past weekend as they opened their fall campaign down in Fullerton at the Cal State Fullerton Intercollegiates.

Freshman Jill Damion did not disappoint in her debut getting to the quarterfinals in singles and in doubles with sophomore partner Asagi Onaga. Damion fought hard in a three setter in the first round, and showed poise as she saved set points in the second set tiebreaker in the second round. In her third round match Damion overwhelmed Long Beach State's No. 2 Stephanie Bengson in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.

"Jill had an incredibly tough road to the quarters," said Gauchos head coach Pete Kirkwood. "She completely dominated No. 4 seed Stephanie Bengson of Long Beach State in the round of 16, Bengson plays No. 2 in the lineup for Long Beach which is ranked in the top 40 in the nation."

Another bright spot for the Gauchos was the play of sophomore Asagi Onaga and senior Brittany Kausen. Both players advanced to the semifinals of the consolation bracket.

The Gauchos were shorthanded during the tournament, as three of their starters did not make the trip south to Fullerton. Seniors Marta Simic and Charlotte Scatliffe were deactivated in order to rest nagging injuries. Sophomore Tova Hausman will sit out the entire fall campaign in order to be ready for the dual match season beginning in January.

UCSB returns to the court next week down in San Diego playing at the ITA West Regional at the Barnes tennis center all day from Oct. 18-21.

Gaucho Results listed below:

First round
Tina Razlonik LMU def. Miki Fukushima UCSB 6-2,6-1
Diane Filipe CP SLO def. Chelsea Mosser UCSB 6-2,6-2
Karina Akhmadova CSUF def. Mia Giovanetti UCSB 6-1,6-0
Erin Wiesener CSUF def. Juliette Mutzke UCSB 6-3,6-4
Sandra Kukla CSUN def. Bryanna Ojeda UCSB 6-3,6-4
Jill Damion UCSB def. Jasmin Heckel LMU 6-3,6-7,6-2
Asagi Onaga UCSB def. Julie Onishenko CSUN 6-2,6-1

Second Round Jill Damion UCSB def. Amy Markoff CP SLO 6-4,7-6 (9) Whitney Peterson CP SLO def. Asagi Onaga 6-2,6-4

Rd of 16 Damion UCSB def.#4 Stephanie Bengson LBSU 6-4,6-2

Quarters Steffi Wong CP SLO def. Damion 7-5,3-6,6-4

Doubles First Round Damion/Onaga UCSB def Tabatroung/Haegele LBSU 8-5 Giovanetti/Mosser UCSB def. Doran/Agsalud CSUF 8-1 Oki/Plata UCR def. Mutzke/Ojeda UCSB 8-6 Fournell/Paluch CSUN def. Kausen Fukushima UCSB 8-4

Consolation Singles (pro sets) First round Fukushima UCSB def. Katie Lynott CSU Bakersfield 8-3 Giovanetti UCSB def. Lani Agsalud CSUF 8-3 Jaycee Crua CSUF def. Mosser 8-4 Ojeda UCSB def. Sara Minwel CS Bakersfield 8-3 Kausen UCSB def. Natlie Tejeda CSUN 8-1 Roxanne Plata UCR def. Mutzke 8-5 Onaga def. Heckel LMU 8-3

Second Round Maria Malec CP SLO def. Fukushima 8-2 Amy Markoff CP SLO def Giovanetti 8-2 Ojeda UCSB def Jaycee Cruz CSUF 8-3 Kausen UCSB def. Haegele LBSU 8-3 Onaga UCSB def. Brandy Andrews CSUF 8-3

Quarter Finals Malec CP def. Ojeda UCSB 8-4 Kausen UCSB def. Markoff CP 9-8(7) Onaga def. Brooke Pletcher CP 8-3

Semi Finals Malec def. Kausen 8-4 Bulkey LMU def. Onaga 8-3