Pacific Women's Tennis: Pacific Takes Down No. 74 Santa Clara
Playing their first of two matches to close out their 2010 home schedule, the Pacific women's tennis team cruised past No. 74 Santa Clara, 6-1, on Saturday, April 17. The Tigers are now 8-11 overall on the season.
From the first serve until the last the Tigers were firmly in control of the match against the Broncos as they jumped out front of Santa Clara with wins at all three doubles spots to take the doubles point and the 1-0 lead in the match. Junior Jennifer Widjaja (Sao Roque, Brazil) and senior Sasha Fisher (Southampton, Bermuda) got the Tigers rolling with a quick win at the No. 1 spot as they dispatched the team of Kacie Wagner and Kimmi Cox in just nine games to win 8-1.
"Winning the double point really get the team excited and ready for the singles action," said Head Coach Bob Chiene. "Jennifer (Widjaja) and Sasha (Fisher) have been playing really well all year long and it has shown in the way they have been winning at the top."
With the first point of the match in their pocket, the Tigers got off to a fast start against the Broncos in singles action as Widjaja, who is ranked No. 91, took home the easy win at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-2, against Kelly Lamble. After dropping the No. 5 singles match to the Broncos to give up their first and only point of the afternoon, the Tigers clinched the match with wins at No. 4 and No. 6 singles as junior Olga Gumenyuk (Kiev, Ukraine) defeated Maggie McGeorge, 6-4, 6-3, while Fisher clinched the match with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Isabelle Hoy.
"The top of our lineup has been playing really well lately," stated Chiene. "At the bottom, Sasha (Fisher) has been rock solid at No. 6 and as our only senior has given us great play."
With the match in hand Pacific closed out the afternoon with two more wins at the top of the lineup, capped with a hard fought three set victory by Julia Hansen, 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (7), over Wagner at the No. 3 position.
"We took care of business and played well and stayed focused today," said Chiene. "Santa Clara was a good warm up match for tomorrow's matchup with No. 70 UC Irvine because I knew that we had a great shot of beating a good ranked team coming into the day. We have been playing well as of late and are getting better and stronger as the regular season begins to come to a close and as we head into the post season tournament."
Pacific will close out its home schedule tomorrow, Sunday, April 18, when No. 70 UC Irvine comes to town. The match is scheduled for 11:30 am. Additionally, the match will be the last home match for Fisher after four years in the Tigers' lineup.
PACIFIC WOMEN'S TENNIS
Pacific 6, No. 74 Santa Clara 1
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Stockton, Calif. - 2 p.m.
1. Fisher/Widjaja def. Wagner/Cox (SCU) 8-1
2. Hansen/Irvin def. McGeorge/Lamble (SCU) 8-1
3. Goehl/Gumenyuk def. Pham/Agra (SCU) 8-4
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
1. No. 91 Jenifer Widjaja def. Kelly Lamble (SCU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Christina Goehl def. Alex Zaniewski (SCU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Julia Hansen def. Kacie Wagner (SCU) 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (7)
4. Olga Gumenyuk def. Maggie McGeorge (SCU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Jessica Agra (SCU) def. Kateryna Nezhura (PAC) 6-0, 6-3
6. Sasha Fisher def. Isabelle Hoy (SCU) 6-3, 7-5 *
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 4, 6*, 2, 3