May 11, 2012

#27 UCSC Falls to #29 Whitman College in Thrilling First Round Match

In a what could be a preview of the 2013 Division III Megabowl championships, UC Santa Cruz came up short against the Whitman MIssionaries, losing 3-5. Whitman got the first point with Webster/Palkowitz getting an 8-2win at #3 doubles over Truong/Parker. UCSC evened the match at 1-1 with Scotten/Wade defeating Roberg/Lawless 8-5 in a battle of top ranked doubles teams. Lymburner/Malone fought hard and played a great match, defeating Lawless/Ralston in a thrilling 9-7 victory to put the slugs up 2-1 going into singles. All six singles matches were close, with three of them going to three sets. Whitman won the first sets in four of the six matches, and closed out three of them in straight sets. In a battle of the freshmen at three singles, Morgan Lawless defeated Courtney Lymburner 6-4, 6-3. At six singles, Emily Ralston beat Quyen Truong 6-4, 6-2, and Kate Kunkel-Patterson defeated Sarah Malone 6-4, 7-5 at four singles. Whitman took a 4-2 lead with those straight set wins, but the slugs were far from done. Sophie Lundeberg dropped her first set 2-6 to Maddy Webster, but competed hard to take the next two sets 6-2, 6-3 and gave the slugs their third point to bring the match score to 4-3. Laura Wade and Alex Scotten each split sets to put the match on the line in their third sets. Scotten quickly got a 4-0 lead over Roberg at the #1 singles position, and Wade went down 1-3 at the #2 position. Roberg worked her way back to a 5-4 lead, while Wade fought back to even the match at 3-3. Wade was broken and went down 3-5 while Scotten had an easy service hold to even her set at 5-5. While Scotten and Roberg were in the middle of an intense rally, Wade sailed a backhand wide and lost her third set 3-6. UCSC played an incredible match, and finished their season going to the NCAA tournament for the first time in four years. For box scores, click here.