Gauchos Clinch First Spot with Conquer of Matadors

Lise Sentenac (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Lise Sentenac (Photo by Tony Mastres)

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.- To secure the first spot in the Big West Conference, the UC Santa Barbara Women's Tennis team capitalized on a 5-2 victory over Cal State Northridge in its penultimate regular season match.

The Gauchos dominated out of the gate with a pair of doubles win and four straight singles wins which clinched the regular season title and delivered Santa Barbara's second consecutive Big West crown.

Amit Lev Ari and Elizaveta Volodko convincingly powered past Jolene Coetzee and Ana Fraile Toboso with a 6-1 win which gave UCSB the early advantage from doubles No. 2.

Following suit, Tiffany Lagarde and Dominika Paterova kept it rolling with a 6-1 victory over Sibel Demirbaga and Emma Roenholt to capture the doubles point and put the Gauchos up 1-0.

Leave it to Lev Ari to bring down the hammer in singles. On court one, the junior struck down on Monika Van De Vondel with a 6-0, 6-3 rout to improve to 8-1 in her last ten matches.

Elizaveta Volodko trailed close behind to topple Coetzee with a 6-2, 6-3 two-set sweep from the two-spot which put the Gauchos just one point away from the clinch.

For the decider, Lagarde finished off Skyla Alcon with a 6-1, 6-2 burst to put UCSB in a commanding 4-0 lead from the three-hole.

Minutes later, Lise Sentenac tacked on another win with her 6-1, 6-4 flight over Roenholt.

The Gauchos had a five-point advantage before ultimately dropping the final two matches of the day from courts four and five.

Nonetheless, UC Santa Barbara secured the top spot in the Big West Conference with the 5-2 triumph against CSUN. The Gauchos culminate their regular season on Saturday, April 20 when they host Cal Poly at 1:30 p.m. for UCSB's Senior Day.

Match Results:
April 19, 2019
Matador Tennis Complex

Doubles Competition:
1. Van De Vondel/Alcon (CSUN) led. Yamada/Valero (UCSB)  4-3
2. Lev-Ari/Volodko (UCSB) def. Coetzee/Isabel Fraile Toboso (CSUN) 6-1
3. Lagarde/Paterova (UCSB) def. Demirbaga/Roenholt (CSUN) 6-2

Order of finish: 2,3

Singles Competition:
1. Amit Lev-Ari (UCSB) def. Monika Van De Vondel (CSUN) 6-0, 6-3
2. Elizaveta Volodko (UCSB)  def Jolene Coetzee (CSUN)  6-2 6-3
3. Tiffany Lagarde (UCSB) def. Skyla Alcon (CSUN) 6-1, 6-2
4. Ana Isabel Fraile Toboso  (CSUN) def. Dominika Paterova (UCSB)  6-4, 7-6 (5)
5. Sibel Demirbaga (CSUN) def.  Juliana Valero (UCSB) 4-6, 6-3, 11-9
6. Lise Sentenac (UCSB)  def. Emma Roenholt (CSUN) 6-1 6-4

Order of finish: 1,2,3,6,5,4

Match Notes:
UCSB 12-7 (6-1 BWC)
CSUN 14-5 (3-5 BWC)