WALLA WALLA, WA. - UC Santa Cruz's women's tennis team split their first two dual matches of the season in a double-day at Whitman College.
In the morning, the Banana Slugs edged Lewis and Clark State (Idaho) 5-4 before dropping a 6-3 decision to the defending NWC champion Whitman Blues.
In the morning, UCSC started out 2-1 in doubles play due to a walkover and win by Ines Pelvang and Kayla Manz over the Warriors' Spanish pair of Laura Roselli and Begona Andres. They opened the singles component with No. 1 Ashley Isaac shutting out Andres 6-0 6-0. After close losses by Vivian Lee and Sabrina Lieu (who went to a third set tie-breaker before falling 11-9), Manz clinched the match with a three-set win (2-6, 6-2, 6-4) over another Spaniard Laura Diaz.
In the afternoon, Whitman had a 2-1 lead in the doubles. The Slugs tied the match with a Lee sweep over Audrey Bauerle at No. 6 (6-0,6-0) singles and took a 3-2 lead when Savana McDowell won at No. 5 when her opponent retired. The Blues won the rest of the matches however for the win, including one walkover and three set wins by Mary Hill and Lori Sheng over Isabelle Brown and Therese Recidoro respectively.
The Banana Slugs conclude their Fall schedule and resume their season in January.