Poets Defeat Banana Slugs 7-2

WHITTIER, CA --  The Banana Slugs played their first match in almost three weeks Friday as they took on Whittier College in Whittier. The Poets won all three doubles matches as the Poets won 7-2 over the Banana Slugs. 

Both teams were coming off losses in their last match. The Banana Slugs lost to Christopher Newport University 6-3 on March 1st while the Poets lost 8-1 to Denison University on Monday. 

Whittier won four singles matches while UC Santa Cruz won two. The two matches won by the Banana Slugs – the #5 singles match between Islay Fossett of UC Santa Cruz and Terianne Hamada of Whittier and the #6 singles match between Stephanie Graziano of UC Santa Cruz and Ruthie Kaplan of Whittier – went to three sets and both matches finishing with 11-9 scores in the third set. Fossett won her match 6-2, 1-6, 11-9 while Graziano won her match 2-6, 6-0, 11-9. In the #1 singles match, ITA NCAA Division III #41 Meagan Zamilpa of Whittier defeated Courtney Lymburner of UC Santa Cruz 6-0, 6-0. In the #2 singles match, Gabi Etchegaray of Whittier defeated Soph Lundeberg of UC Santa Cruz 6-1, 6-3. In the #3 singles match, Benay Weintraub of Whittier defeated Sylvia Brummitt of UC Santa Cruz 6-0, 6-1. In the #4 singles match, Jada Henry of Whittier defeated Katy Collins of UC Santa Cruz 6-1, 6-2.  

Whittier won all three doubles matches. In the #1 doubles match, the Poets' team of Etchegaray and Zamilpa defeated the Banana Slugs' team on Collins and Lymburner of UC Santa Cruz 8-4. In the #2 doubles match, the team of Hamada and Henry of Whittier defeated Brummitt and Fossett of UC Santa Cruz 8-3. The tightest doubles match was the #3 doubles match between Kaplan and Weintraub of Whittier and Lundeberg and Zoe Middleton-Brook of UC Santa Cruz. Kaplan and Weintraub defeated Lundeberg and Middleton-Brook 8-6.

Before are the full results:

#1 Singles         Megan Zamilpa (WC)              def.      Courtney Lymburner (UCSC)   6-0, 6-0

#2 Singles         Gabi Etchegaray (WC)             def.      Soph Lundeberg (UCSC)           6-1, 6-3

#3 Singles         Benay Weintraub (WC)            def.      Sylvia Brummitt (UCSC)         6-0, 6-1

#4 Singles         Jada Henry (WC)                     def.      Katy Collins (UCSC)                6-1, 6-2

#5 Singles         Islay Fossett (UCSC)                def.      Terianne Hamada (WC)      6-2, 1-6, 11-9

#6 Singles         Stephanie Graziano (UCSC)      def.      Ruthie Kaplan (WC)            2-6, 6-0, 11-9

#1 Doubles       Etchegaray/Zamilpa (WC)       def.      Collins/Lymburner (UCSC)       8-4

#2 Doubles       Hamada/Henry (WC)               def.      Brummitt/Fossett (UCSC)        8-3

#3 Doubles       Kaplan/Weintraub (WC)          def.      Lundeberg/M.-Brook (UCSC)   8-6

The Banana Slugs will have their next match on Monday as they take on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Whittier at Whittier Narrows Tennis Club. The first serve is set for 12:30 pm.