Playing on the road at UC Santa Barbara, LMU women's tennis (8-2) captured a hard-fought 4-3 victory over the Gauchos (6-9) on Sunday afternoon. The Lions have now won seven straight matches, and the victory over UCSB was the first since 2008.
LMU won the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead in the match score, as the #33 pair of Veronica Miroshnichenko / Eva Marie Voracek managed a 7-6 (6) victory over #39 Palina Dubavets / Natalie Da Silveria on court one doubles. After UCSB won on court two to even the doubles scoring, Yesica De Lucas / Sofiya Gaisina defeated Stephanie Yamada / Lise Sentenac, 6-4, on court three.
Now needing to win three singles matches to clinch the victory, LMU received a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win from #30 Miroshnichenko at the top of the order. UCSB's Amit Lev Ari got UCSB on the board with a win on court four, but Voracek followed with a 6-2, 7-5 triumph over da Silveria on court two to push LMU to within a win of the team victory. UCSB would again stay alive with a win on court three, but Elvira Juravliova secured the win for LMU by taking down Lise Sentenac, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on court five.
LMU will return to action on March 17 when it travels to Tempe, Ariz. to face Arizona State at 11 a.m. That match is the final tune-up before WCC play begins on March 24 at Pepperdine.
LMU vs UC Santa Barbara (Mar 11, 2018)
LMU 4, UC Santa Barbara 3
Mar 11, 2018 at Santa Barbara, Calif. (UC Santa Barbara)
1. #30 V. Miroshnichenko (LMU) def. Palina Dubavets (UCSB) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
2. Eva Marie Voracek (LMU) def. Natalie Da Silveria (UCSB) 6-2, 7-5
3. Amanda Atanasson (UCSB) def. Siobhan Anderson (LMU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
4. Amit Lev Ari (UCSB) def. Yesica De Lucas (LMU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Elvira Juravliova (LMU) def. Lise Sentenac (UCSB) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
6. Stephanie Yamada (UCSB) def. Camila Tumosa (LMU) 4-6, 7-5, 10-8
1. #33 V. Miroshnichenko/Eva Marie Voracek (LMU) def. #39 Palina Dubavets/Natalie Da Silveria (UCSB) 7-6 (8-6)
2. Amit Lev Ari/Amanda Atanasson (UCSB) def. Siobhan Anderson/Elvira Juravliova (LMU) 6-4
3. Yesica De Lucas/Sofiya Gaisina (LMU) def. Stephanie Yamada/Lise Sentenac (UCSB) 6-4
UC Santa Barbara 6-9
Order of finish: Doubles (12,3); Singles (1,4,2,3,5,6)
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