April 25, 2014
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – In a quarterfinal contest at the Big West Women’s Tennis Championship at Indian Wells, Calif., that featured two tiebreakers in the doubles round, UC Santa Barbara earned the doubles point and recorded victories in the first three singles matches to end Friday afternoon to defeat UC Davis, 4-0.
The Aggies end the 2013-14 season with a 12-10 overall record; UC Santa Barbara improves to 8-15 and will face top-seeded Long Beach State–the Big West’s defending champions who have captured titles in nine of the last 10 seasons.
By digging deep, the Aggies’ duo extended their school’s Division I win streak to a staggering 16 contests by winning the tiebreak, 7-3, en route to an 8-7 match victory.
UC Santa Barbara ended up collecting the doubles point by winning the final doubles match to finish; also needing a tiebreaker to determine a victor, the Gauchos prevailed, 7-4, to take a 1-0 overall lead heading into the singles round.
The tournament’s No. 5 seed officially advanced to Saturday’s semifinals by earning wins at No. 6, No. 4 and No. 2, each in straight sets, to down No. 4-seeded UC Davis.
In the Big West’s other semifinal, No. 2 UC Irvine and No. 3 Hawai’i will meet Saturday morning after defeating No. 7 Cal Poly (4-0) and No. 6 Cal State Northridge (4-2) respectively. Winners of these matches will battle Saturday morning for the conference championship.
All three matches remaining at this year’s tournament will begin at 9 a.m.
UC Santa Barbara 4, UC Davis 0