Pacific Women's Tennis: Doubles Point Costs Tigers in 4-3 Loss to No. 67 UC Irvine
A late rally was not enough for the Pacific womens tennis team to upset No. 67 UC Irvine in its last home match of the 2010 season. The Tigers fell 4-3 for the eighth time this season to drop to 8-12 overall this spring and 3-5 against Big West opponents.
Lone senior Sasha Fisher (Southampton, Bermuda) closed out her career at home in stellar fashion. Partnered with junior Jenifer Widjaja (Sao Roque, Brazil), the pair coasted to an 8-1 win over Hannah Holladay and Becka Kwan at the No. 1 doubles position. They have won seven straight matches, boasting a 15-4 overall record and are 6-1 in the Big West.
With Pacific down 2-0, No. 91 Widjaja defeated Courtney Byron (4-6, 6-1, 6-2) at the No. 1 singles position. But the Anteaters would push the next two matches to earn the victory.
With the match decided, freshman Julia Hansen (Hamburg, Germany) picked up her 13th win of the spring over Brooke Bartlett at the No. 3 position (6-2, 4-6, 6-3) before Fisher could finish her match at the No. 6 position.
Battling against Hayley Young in her final appearance on the Hal Nelson Tennis Courts, Fisher had taken set one (7-5) before falling (5-7) in set two. She outlasted Young in the final third set to win 7-5 and improve to 12-6 overall.
Fisher finishes her home career with 65 singles wins and over 50 doubles wins.
The Tigers travel to Nevada next to close out the regular season. Match time is set for 12 p.m. on April 24 in Reno, Nev.
PACIFIC WOMENS TENNIS
No. 67 UC Irvine 4, Pacific 3
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Stockton, Calif. 11:30 a.m.
1. Widjaja/Fisher def. Hannah Holladay/Becka Kwan (UCI) 8-1
2. Courtney Byron/Kristina Smith (UCI) def. Hansen/Irvin (PAC) 8-1
3. Brooke Bartlett/April Bisharat (UCI) def. Goehl/Gumenyuk (PAC) 8-4
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1. No. 97 Jenifer Widjaja def. Byron (UCI) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
2. Bisharat (UCI) def. Christina Goehl (PAC) 6-4, 7-5
3. Julia Hansen def. Bartlett (UCI) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
4. Kwan (UCI) def. Olga Gumenyuk (PAC) 6-4, 6-2
5. Smith (UCI) def. Kateryna Nezhura (PAC) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3*
6. Sasha Fisher def. Hayley Young (UCI) 7-5, 5-7, 7-5
Order of Finish: 4, 1, 2, 5*, 3, 6
* Clinched match