SANTA CRUZ (2-4) – The Banana Slugs played in their first match of the 2017 season as they took on NAIA member Arizona Christian University in Santa Cruz. The Firestorm won every match that was played and the Firestorm won 9-0.
The Banana Slugs are coming off a 3-10 season in 2016 which concluded in the 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship with a 5-0 loss to Lewis and Clark College in Claremont. The last match for the Firestorm was October 8th as they took on NCAA Division II member Colorado State University-Pueblo in Grand Junction; the ThunderWolves defeated the Firestorm 5-4.
The Firestorm won all six singles matches. In the #1 singles match between Ashley Brudzinski of UC Santa Cruz and Mikayla Morgan of Arizona Christian, Morgan defeated Brudzinski 6-0, 6-1. In the #2 singles match between Vera Smekalina of the Banana Slugs and Tia Okano of the Firestorm, Okano defeated Smekalina 6-2, 6-2. In the #3 singles match between Zoë Brook of UC Santa Cruz and Melanie Dreuz of Arizona Christian, Dreuz defeated Brook 6-2, 6-0. In the #4 singles match between Claire Stoner of the Banana Slugs vs. Elizabeth Kelley of the Firestorm, Kelley defeated Stoner 6-1, 6-2. In the #6 singles match between Danielle Aparicio of UC Santa Cruz vs. Jayci Kelley of Arizona Christian, Kelley defeated Aparicio 6-1, 6-0. The tightest singles match of the day was the #5 singles match between Nora Rothe of the Banana Slugs and Autria Compton of the Firestorm. Compton defeated Rothe 6-4, 6-1.
Arizona Christian won all three doubles matches. In the #2 doubles match between Brook and Brudzinski of UC Santa Cruz vs. Kelley and Okano of Arizona Christian, Kelley and Okano defeated Brook and Brudzinski 8-1. In the #3 doubles match between Matthews and Rothe of the Banana Slugs vs. Compton and Dreux of the Firestorm, Compton and Dreux defeated Matthews and Rothe 8-2. The tightest doubles match was the #1 doubles match between Smekalina and Stoner of UC Santa Cruz vs. Kelley and Morgan of Arizona Christian. Kelley and Morgan defeated Smekalina and Stoner 9-7.
Below are the full results:
#1 Singles Mikayla Morgan (ACU) def. Ashley Brudzinski (UCSC) 6-0, 6-1
#2 Singles Tia Okano (ACU) def. Vera Smekalina (UCSC)` 6-2, 6-2
#3 Singles Melanie Dreuz (ACU) def. Zoë Brook (UCSC) 6-2, 6-0
#4 Singles Elizabeth Kelley (ACU) def. Claire Stoner (UCSC) 6-1, 6-2
#5 Singles Autria Compton (ACU) def. Nora Rothe (UCSC) 6-4, 6-1
#6 Singles Jayci Kelley (ACU) def. Danielle Aparicio (UCSC) 6-1, 6-0
#1 Doubles Kelley/Morgan (ACU) def. Smekalina/Stoner (UCSC) 9-7
#2 Doubles Kelley/Okano (ACU) def. Brook/Brudzinski (UCSC) 8-1
#3 Doubles Compton/Dreux (ACU) def. Matthews/Rothe (UCSC) 8-2
The Banana Slugs' next match is Thursday as they host Foothill College.