UCSB falls to No. 11 Pepperdine 5-2

Amanda Atanasson (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Amanda Atanasson (Photo by Tony Mastres)

MALIBU, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara Women's Tennis team fell to No.11 Pepperdine by a score of 2-5.

"Good fight today from our Gauchos," said the head coach Simon Thibodeau. "We had very strong performances at few spots."

In doubles, the Waves routed the Gauchos as No.2 Luisa Stefani and Ashley Lahey defeated Jaimee Gilbertson and Natalie Da Silveira 6-1. Next, the duo of Amanda Atanasson and Stefani Stojic defeated Laura Gulbe and Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai 6-3 at No.3. Christine Maddox and Mayar Sherif Ahmed finished the match with a win against Melissa Baker and Palina Dubavets by a score of 6-4.

Pepperdine continued its momentum as No.6 Maddox defeated Amit Lev-Ari 6-1, 6-1 and Lehay defeated Da Silveira 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2. Next, Gulbe won against Stojic 6-3, 6-2 at No.4 as No. 1 Stefani defeated Dubavets 6-4, 7-5. UCSB did not give up and won the last two matches in singles. No.5 Atanasson and No.3 Gilbertson had a neck and neck match with Runglerdkriangkrai and Sherif Ahmed and won by a score of 7-5, 4-6, 10-3 and 6-4, 6-7 (6) 10-8 respectively.

"If we do better at couple positions, this match could have been ours," said Thibodeau. "I'm happy with the direction we are going." 

Gauchos will come back home and play against Harvard on March 18 at 11:00 a.m.


Pepperdine 5, UC Santa Barbara 2

Ralphs-Stratus Tennis Center

Malibu, California

March 12 2017


Doubles (Order to finish: 2, 3, 1)

1. Christine Maddox/ Mayar Sherif Ahmed (PEP) def. Melissa Baker/ Palina Dubavets (UCSB) 6-4

2. Luisa Stefani/ Ashley Lahey (PEP) def. Jaimee Gilbertson/ Natalie Da Silveira (UCSB) 6-1

3. Amanda Atanasson/ Stefani Stojic (UCSB) def. Laura Gulbe/ Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP) 6-3


Singles (Order to finish: 6, 2, 4, 1, 5, 3)

1. Luisa Stefani (PEP) def. Palina Dubavets (UCSB) 6-4, 7-5

2. Ashley Lehay (PEP) def. Natalie Da Silveira (UCSB) 6-4, 6-1

3. Jaimee Gilbertson (UCSB) def. Mayar Sherif Ahmed (PEP) 6-4, 6-7 (6) 10-8

4. Laura Gulbe (PEP) def. Stefani Stojic (UCSB) 6-3, 6-2

5. Amanda Atanasson (UCSB) def. Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP) 7-5, 4-6, 10-3

6. Christine Maddox (PEP) def. Ami Lev-Ari (UCSB) 6-1, 6-1