Hannah Erickson and Lindsay Penner scored the decisive fifth point with an 8-0 doubles win on a windy Thursday and SBCC went on to defeat Glendale 7-2 in a WSC women’s tennis match at Pershing Park.
The Vaqueros (12-2) finished conference play with a 6-2 mark and placed second for the third straight year. SBCC is 22-6 in the WSC over the last three seasons and each year, their only two losses have come to the WSC champion.
Penner took her No. 6 singles match over Brianna Hayes 6-1, 6-0 to improve to 13-1 on the season. Sophie Angner, a freshman from Sweden with an 8-2 record at No. 1, captured her singles match in straight sets, as did Megan Thomas and Erickson.
The three doubles teams won their sets to boost their season record to a sparkling 35-3 (.921). Erickson-Penner are a perfect 14-0. Angner-Hudson are 11-1 at No. 1 and Henrietta Spetz-Thomas are 10-2.
Santa Barbara is 6-2 at home this year and 16-4 over the last three years.
“We played well after taking the last two weeks off,” said coach Debbie Ekola, whose team will probably receive an at-large bid to the Southern Cal Regional team playoffs. “Talia (Hudson) almost won her match against a girl she lost to 6-0, 6-1 earlier this year.”
Hudson fell to Sofia Tavitian 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.
SBCC will compete in the WSC Individual Tournament on April 13-14 at Ventura College.
The Vaqueros will send four players to The Ojai Tournament on April 26-29. Angner, Hudson and Spetz will compete in singles with Angner-Hudson and Spetz-Thomas playing doubles.
SBCC 7, Glendale 2
Singles–Sophie Angner, SB, def. Sevana Zargarian 6-2, 6-3; Sofia Tavitian, G, def. Talia Hudson 6-4, 4-6, 6-3; Samantha Sismundo, G, def. Henrietta Spetz 6-0, 6-0; Megan Thomas, SB, def. Phoebe Minette 6-4, 6-3; Hannah Erickson, SB, def. Katherine Akmakji 6-4, 6-1; Lindsay Penner, SB, def. Brianna Hayes 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles–Angner-Hudson, SB, def. Zargarian-Sismundo 8-5; Spetz-Thomas, SB, def. Tavitian-Minette 8-2; Erickson-Penner, SB, def. Akmakji-Hayes 8-0.
Records–GC: 5-7, 4-4; SB: 12-2, 6-2 (2nd in WSC).