Senior Day noticed seniors Monika Van de Vondel and Skyla Alcon play their ultimate house suits at CSUN, the ladies’s tennis crew fell 5-2 to common season convention champions UC Santa Barbara on Friday at Matador Tennis Complicated.
The day began off on a deficient word with the Gauchos taking the doubles level after the pair of beginners Jolene Coetzee and Ana Fraile Toboso misplaced 6-1 sooner than junior Emma Roenholt and freshman Sibel Demirbaga misplaced their fit 6-2. The senior pair of Van de Vondel and Alcon had the higher hand of their fit with a 4-Three lead, regardless that it wouldn’t topic because the Gauchos had already secured two of the 3 doubles wins.
“I used to be truly pleased with how Moni and Sky carried out and received doubles,” head trainer Gary Victor stated. “Being up 4-Three after we stopped is a truly excellent signal and so they treated the force truly neatly.”
With the Gauchos already out in entrance, the Matadors got here out flat at the beginning of singles play, with everybody however Fraile Toboso dropping the primary set of their suits, and regardless that the crew submit a greater battle all the way through the second one units, the highest ranked Gauchos have been an excessive amount of finally.
“I feel that one of the beginners could have pop out both overhyped or intimidated,” Victor stated. “Additionally, credit score to UCSB, they’re the No. 1 crew within the convention for a reason why. They’re a super tennis crew.”
Van de Vondel was once the primary to fall on court docket one as she misplaced 6-0, 6-3, in the long run getting outclassed via Gaucho junior Lev Ari, who stepped forward to 8-1 in her closing 10 suits whilst Van de Vondel dropped to 1-7 in her ultimate go-around in Giant West convention play.
Coetzee was once the following to complete on court docket two, and regardless that she has held her personal for probably the most phase all the way through her freshman marketing campaign, she too was once swept, dropping 6-2, 6-Three to fall to 3-Four in convention play.
Alcon, enjoying on court docket 3, additionally misplaced in immediately units, dropping 6-1, 6-2, sooner than Roenholt was once swept 6-1, 4-6 because the Gauchos showed the victory at the day and clinched the highest seed within the Giant West going into the convention match.
With not anything left to play for, the Matadors received the overall two singles suits to realize a few comfort issues. Demirbaga got here again from dropping the primary set to win the second one set and power a tiebreaker, which she received in exciting type, going to more than one surprising demise issues and in the long run successful 11-Nine on court docket 5. Fraile Toboso was once the closing to complete, dropping the second one set after successful the primary, sooner than successful her tiebreaker 7-Five on court docket 4.
“Ana, in singles, I’d say were given off to a excellent get started,” Victor stated. “However with regards to everyone else were given off to a gradual, gradual get started. And towards a excellent crew, I’m pleased with how our 2d units have been higher all the way through and we were given extra into the fit(es) however I feel we dug ourselves too giant a hollow to get out of.”
Taking a look forward
With the loss of their common season finale, the Matadors fell to 14-Five total and 3-Five in Giant West motion and feature been showed because the 7th seed going into the convention match the place they’ll play Cal State Fullerton on Friday, April 26 at 11:30 a.m. in Indian Wells.
Regardless that their file in convention play has now not been as excellent as they might hope, CSUN did finally end up completing 11-Zero in non-conference play, an excellent feat that Victor does now not need to overlook and regardless that their convention file wasn’t what they was hoping it might be, he believes that the demanding situations his crew, some of the youngest within the Giant West, has confronted can lend a hand them going into the match.
Alcon concurred along with her trainer, noting that a lot of what the Matadors have been ready to do that 12 months was once on account of the spectacular crew of beginners that Victor has assembled, making her really feel extra protected about their probabilities in Indian Wells.
“I believe love it’s really easy with this crew we’ve as a result of everyone’s preventing their butts off,” Alcon stated. “You by no means have to fret about motivation or battle or giving power.”