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.
Down 4-1 in their No. 2 doubles match against UCSB’s Jaimee Gilbertson and Priscilla Garcia, Megan Heneghan and Melissa Kobayakawa battle back to win six of the next nine games to force a tiebreaker.
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.
Friday’s battle also marked the final appearance on the courts for Megan Heneghan, Melissa Kobayakawa and Nicole Koehly–three Aggie seniors who will graduate this year.
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
2014 Big West Women's Tennis Championship
Indian Wells, Calif. (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
1. April Scatliffe/Luisa Candido-Ortiz (UCSB) def. Nicole Koehly/Layla Sanders (UCD) 8-7 (7-4)
2. Megan Heneghan/Melissa Kobayakawa (UCD) def. Jaimee Gilbertson/Priscilla Garcia (UCSB) 8-7 (7-3)
3. Kaiulani Boyer/Kiersten Meehan (UCSB) def. Samantha Martino/Tiffany Pham (UCD) 8-1
6. Priscilla Garcia (UCSB) def. Kamila Kecki
(UCD) 6-3, 6-2Match Notes
Tournament seeds: UC Davis (No. 4); UC Santa Barbara (No. 5)
Season records: UC Davis 12-10; UC Santa Barbara 8-15
Order of finish: Singles (6,4,2); Doubles (3,2,1)