MANOA, Hawaii – The Oregon women’s tennis team won its fourth-straight match Saturday afternoon, defeating UC Santa Barbara, 5-2, at the UH Tennis Complex.
How It Happened: With wins on the top two doubles courts, the Ducks (6-2) picked up their third-straight doubles point. Oregon’s Nia Rose and Alyssa Tobita took down Melissa Baker and Stephanie Yamada, 6-2, in the second doubles spot for the first win of the day, but the Gauchos would respond with a 6-4 win over Marlou Kluiving and Christi Woodson on No. 3.
The doubles point came down to the match on court one, where Kennan Johnson and Shweta Sangwan were in a tiebreaker with UCSB’s 18th-ranked tandem of Palina Dubavets and Stefani Stojic. Johnson and Sangwan would come up on top, however, winning the tiebreaker, 7-2, to move to 7-2 as a tandem and give the Ducks the early 1-0 edge.
Oregon continued its strong performance in singles, tallying consecutive wins from Tobita, Johnson and Woodson to clinch the match before the Gauchos could get on the board.
Alyssa Tobita remained undefeated in dual competition, dropping Stojic in a straight-set, 6-3, 6-4 contest at No. 3 for her sixth-straight win and 11th overall this season.
Johnson continued her strong run since being re-inserted into the Duck singles lineup last weekend at Oklahoma. After dropping the first set, the sophomore transfer stormed back to control the second and third and take down UCSB’s Dubavets, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, in the top singles spot.
Woodson ensured the Oregon victory with a tough three-set, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 triumph over Gilbertson on No. 5.
After the Gauchos rattled off wins over Oregon’s Rose and Kluiving to get on the board, the Ducks dealt one final blow as Sangwan upped her team-leading singles win total to 14 with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Atanasson.
Notable: With wins on doubles courts one and two, the Ducks picked up their fifth doubles point of the season on Saturday. Oregon is 5-0 in the five matches they’ve taken doubles, while only 1-2 when giving up the doubles point.
Up Next: Oregon will return to the UH Tennis Complex Sunday afternoon to face No. 65 Hawaii at 3 p.m. PT.
No. 35 Oregon 5, UC Santa Barbara 2
Feb. 27, 2016 | UH Tennis Complex | Manoa, Hawaii
Doubles | Order of finish: 2,3,1*
No. 1 – Johnson/Sangwan (UO) def. No. 18 Dubavets/Stojic (UCSB) 7-6(2)
No. 2 – Rose/Tobita (UO) def. Baker/Yamada (UCSB) 6-2
No. 3 – Adler/Atanasson (UCSB) def. Kluiving/Woodson (UO) 6-4
Singles | Order of finish: 3,1,5*,6,2,4
No. 1 – Kennan Johnson (UO) def. Palina Dubavets (UCSB) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
No. 2 – Lou Adler (USCB) def. Nia Rose (UO) 2-6, 6-4, 4-6
No. 3 – Alyssa Tobita (UO) def. Stefani Stojic (UCSB) 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 – Shweta Sangwan (UO) def. Amanda Atanasson (UCSB) 7-5, 6-4
No. 5 – Christi Woodson (UO) def. Jaimee Gilbertson (UCSB) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
No. 6 – Natalie Da Silveira (UCSB) def. Marlou Kluiving (UO)