#27 Blues Defeat Banana Slugs 7-2

#27 Blues Defeat Banana Slugs 7-2

SANTA CRUZ (2-18) – The Banana Slugs played the second match of a two-match homestand as they took on ITA/NCAA Division III #27 Whitman College in Santa Cruz. The Blues defeated the Banana Slugs 7-2.

This match was a rematch of a match that was played on October 20th in Walla Walla that saw the Blues win 6-3. Both teams lost their last match. The Banana Slugs lost 9-0 to ITA/NCAA Division III #21 Trinity University in Santa Cruz on Saturday while the Blues lost 5-4 to Trinity in San Francisco on Saturday.

The Blues won five singles matches while the Banana Slugs won one. In the #5 singles match between Ines Pelvang of UC Santa Cruz defeated Audrey Grigore 6-2, 6-4. In the #3 singles match between Kayla Manz of the Banana Slugs and Whitman's Anastasiya Redkina, Redkina defeated Manz 6-1, 6-2. In the #4 singles match between Sabrina Lieu of UC Santa Cruz and Lori Sheng, Sheng defeated Lieu 6-4, 7-6. In the #2 singles match, Mary Hill of the Blues defeated Isabelle Brown 6-4, 6-2. In the #6 singles match, Kattie Pak of Whitman edged Vivian Lee 6-4, 7-6 (6). The tightest singles match of the day was at #1 between Ashley Isaac of the Banana Slugs and Andrea Gu of the Blues. Gu, the 27th ranked player in the country, defeated Isaac 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.

In the #2 doubles match, Lieu and Therese Recidoro of UC Santa Cruz defeated Pak and Sheng 8-3. In the #1 doubles match, nationally-ranked Gu and Hill defeated Brown and Isaac 8-1. The tightest doubles match was the #2 doubles match between Manz and Pelvang of UC Santa Cruz and Grigore/Redkina of Whitman which finished 8-6 for the Whitman duo.

UC Santa Cruz hosts American River College Saturday the 23rd as part of a doubleheader with the men before they take on NCAA Division II member Dominican University March 2nd in San Rafael. 

Full results:

#1 Singles        Andrea Gu ​(WC)                      def.      Ashley Isaac (UCSC)                1-6, ​6-2, 6-4

#2 Singles         Mary Hill (WC)                        def.      Isabelle Brown (UCSC)             6-4, 6-2

#3 Singles         Anastasiya Redkina (WC)         def.      Kayla Manz (UCSC)                 6-1, 6-2

#4 Singles         Lori Sheng (WC)                     def.      Sabrina Lieu (UCSC)                6-4, 7-6

#5 Singles         Ines Pelvang (UCSC)               def.      Audrey Grigore (WC)               6-2, 6-4

#6 Singles         Kattie Pak (WC)                      def.      Vivian Lee (UCSC)                   6-4, 7-6 (6)      

#1 Doubles       Gu/Hill (WC)                           def.      Brown/Isaac (UCSC)                8-1

#2 Doubles       Grigore/Redkina (WC)              def.      Manz/Pelvang (UCSC)              8-6      

#3 Doubles       Recidoro/Lieu (UCSC)              def.      Pak/Sheng (WC)                      8-3