2012 Match Stories
By Dave Loveton, sports information
Saturday, May 12 -- State Championships at Balboa Tennis Club, San Diego.
Angner-Hudson finish second in State
They knock off top seed in semifinals
SBCC’s Sophie Angner and Talia Hudson posted a huge victory in the semifinals of the State Women’s Championships on Saturday, then fell to another team from Ventura in the final at Balboa Tennis Club in San Diego.
Angner-Hudson, the No. 3 seed in the South, rallied to upset No. 1 Jessica Worring-Sonia Landeros of Ventura 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals. “We played amazing in the semis,” said coach Debbie Ekola. “It was tough to bring it after that great emotional high.”
Juliana Bacelar-Layne Gallimore, the #5 South seed from Ventura, downed the SBCC duo in the final, 6-4, 6-2. Angner-Hudson finished the year with a 21-4 record.
“Second in the state, that’s not too bad,” said Ekola. “It was a great way to end a great season.”
Earlier in the day, Angner lost to Bacelar, the No. 1 South seed, 6-0, 6-0 in the singles semifinals. Bacelar also beat Angner in last week’s Southern Cal Regional semifinals on the way to winning the title. Angner, a freshman from Sweden, won 20 of 26 matches this year.
Friday, May 11 -- State Championships at Balboa Tennis Club, San Diego.
Angner reaches semifinals of State
She and Hudson also advance to doubles semis
Sophie Angner won two matches on Friday to move into the semifinals of the State Individual Championships at Balboa Tennis Club in San Diego.
The freshman from Sweden was seeded No. 3 in the South. She cruised past Chloe Vicari of Sierra 6-1, 6-1, then beat Sonia Landeros (#5 South) of state team champion Ventura 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.
It’s the third straight week that Angner has gained the semifinals in a major tourney. Three of the four semifinalists are from the Vaqueros’ conference, the Western State Conference.
“Sophie had a good draw and she played awesome,” said coach Debbie Ekola.
Angner will take on Brazilian Juliana Bacelar (#1 South) of Ventura at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Bacelar defeated Angner in the semis of last week’s Southern Cal Regional 6-2, 6-1 on the way to winning the title.
In doubles, Angner and Talia Hudson were the third seed in the South. In a match that started at 7 p.m., they beat Courtnei Chance-Jacquelyn Ward of Sierra 7-5, 6-2. Angner and Hudson won their quarterfinal when Chun Young-Shin and Lindsay Guardado of El Camino defaulted due to injury.
“We’re not used to playing under the lights but we played well,” Ekola noted. “I was ecstatic when I heard we got a default and didn’t have to play again. The girls got some pasta and an ice bath.”
Angner-Hudson will get a rematch with Jessica Worring-Sonia Landeros of Ventura in Saturday's semifinals, slated for 4 p.m. Worring-Landeros, the #1 seed from the South, beat Angner-Hudson in last week's Regional quarterfinals, 6-1, 7-6.
The four doubles teams in the semifinals are all from the WSC.
Saturday, May 5 -- Southern Cal Regional, semifinals at Monterey CC, Palm Desert.
Angner’s run ends in Regional semifinals
Freshman falls to top seed in straight sets
Sophie Angner’s bid for a Southern Cal Regional women’s tennis title ended in the semifinals on Saturday as she fell to the top seed in Palm Desert.
Angner, a freshman from Sweden, was seeded No. 5. She lost to No. 1 Juliana Bacelar of WSC rival Ventura 6-2, 6-1.
“Sophie fought hard and played very well,” said Vaquero coach Debbie Ekola. “Bacelar was just too consistent. It was a great match. The score didn’t reflect the level of match play.”
Angner qualified for the State Finals in both singles and doubles. She’ll play doubles with Talia Hudson in the State tourney on Friday and Saturday at Balboa Tennis Club in San Diego.
Friday, May 4 -- Southern Cal Regional at Monterey Country Club, Palm Desert.
Angner makes semifinals in singles
She and Hudson earn State berth at So Cal Regional
Sophie Angner reached the semifinals on Friday at the Southern Cal Regional in Palm Desert.
Angner, the No. 5 seed from SBCC, downed Amber Nelson of Grossmont 6-2, 6-1 and then upset No. 4 Mardee Littrell of Palomar in the quarterfinals 6-1, 1-0, retired.
She’ll take on top-seeded Juliana Bacelar of Ventura on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at Monterey Country Club. It marks the second straight week that Angner has made the semifinals in a major tournament. She reached the singles semifinals and doubles final at the 112th Ojai Invitational.
“Sophie played out of her mind,” said coach Debbie Ekola. “It was awesome to watch.”
Angner and Talia Hudson, a freshman from Santa Barbara High, were seeded No. 1 in doubles. They beat Jessica Zuniga-Vanessa Figueroa of Imperial Valley 7-5, 6-3 before falling to Jessica Worring-Sonia Landeros of Ventura in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 7-6.
All quarterfinalists qualified for the State Finals on May 10-12 at Balboa Tennis Club in San Diego. Angner will be playing singles and Angner-Hudson advanced in doubles.
The Regional semifinalists in singles and doubles are all from the Vaqueros’ conference, the Western State Conference.
Thursday, May 3 -- Southern Cal Regional, hosted by College of the Desert.
Angner reaches Round of 16 at Regional
She and Hudson are No. 1 seed in doubles
SBCC freshman Sophie Angner won a match in singles and doubles on Thursday to move into the Round of 16 on the first day of the Southern Cal Regional in Palm Desert.
Angner, the No. 5 seed, had a bye in the first round, then beat Madelyn Koehly of Orange Coast 6-3, 7-5. She’ll face Amber Nelson of Grossmont on Friday at 7:30 a.m.
In doubles, Angner and Talia Hudson are the top-seeded duo. After a bye in the first round, they beat Krystal Hernandez-Nory Call of Orange Coast 6-2, 6-1. They’ll play at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Round of 16.
SBCC’s other two doubles both went 1-1 on a day when temperatures reached the high 80s.
Henrietta Spetz-Megan Thomas downed Camille Requiestas-Natalie Tomlin of Riverside 6-3, 6-0 before falling to Chun Young Shin-Lindsay Guardado of El Camino 6-1, 7-5 in the Round of 32.
Hannah Erickson-Lindsay Penner beat Tiffany Johannsen-Chong of Cuyamaca 6-3, 6-2, then lost to Haley Briggs-Leticia Vieira of College of the Desert 6-2, 6-0.
Sunday, April 28 -- 112th Ojai Valley Tournament, final day.
Angner-Hudson take second at Ojai
Angner falls in singles semifinals
Sophie Angner and Talia Hudson took home the runner-up trophy on Sunday after falling in the women’s doubles final of the Community College division at the 112th annual Ojai Valley Tournament.
The SBCC duo dropped a 6-0, 7-6 (4) decision to Jessica Ho-Daria Kulbikova of Sierra at Libbey Park. It was just their second loss in 18 matches this year.
“I thought we had a great chance to win the second set,” said coach Debbie Ekola. “To make it to the final in a 61-team draw is very impressive. And SBCC got to the doubles semifinals in both men and women.
“No other school accomplished that.”
Angner was the No. 1 seed in singles and she reached the semifinals. The freshman from Sweden suffered a 6-2, 6-3 setback to Jessica Worring of Ventura on Sunday morning at 8 a.m.
Julianna Bacelar, the top player from Ventura, beat Worring for the title, 6-2, 6-2.
SBCC will send its entire team to the Southern Cal Regional on May 3-5 in Palm Desert. Angner will represent the Vaqueros in singles. The three doubles who qualified are Angner-Hudson, Henrietta Spetz-Megan Thomas and Hannah Erickson-Lindsay Penner.
Saturday, April 28 -- 112th Ojai Valley Tournament, third day.
Angner advances to All-WSC semifinals at Ojai
Swede also reaches doubles final with Hudson
Sophie Angner of SBCC swept her fourth straight match on Saturday morning to advance to the All-Western State Conference semifinals in the Women’s Community College division of the 112th Ojai Valley Tournament.
Angner, a freshman from Sweden, beat Robin Zhou of De Anza 6-3, 7-6 (3) at the Ojai Athletic Club. She’ll take on Jessica Worring of Ventura in the semifinals on Sunday at 8 a.m. at Libbey Park.
The other semifinal pits Ventura teammates Julianna Bacelar and Sonia Landeros.
“It’s amazing to see four WSC players in the semifinals,” said SBCC coach Debbie Ekola. “It shows what a strong conference we have.
“Sophie played great today. She had to play an excellent match because her opponent was solid.”
The temperature reached 88 degrees on Saturday.
Angner won two more matches with her doubles partner, Talia Hudson, a freshman from Santa Barbara High. They’re seeded No. 1 and they downed Madelyn Koehly-Haley Moss of Orange Coast 6-3, 6-2 and Samantha Sismundo-Sevana Zargarian of Glendale 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals.
Angner-Hudson overcame a 4-2 deficit in the second set by winning the last four games. It was their third win over the Glendale duo this year. The first two came in eight-game pro sets during WSC team matches.
Angner-Hudson will meet Jessica Ho-Daria Kulbikova of Sierra for the championship on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Libbey Park.
Ekola knows about doubles finals as she and her sister, Sherrie (Lipson) McIntyre, reached the Ojai Community College final in 1979.
Friday, April 27 -- 112th Ojai Tournament, second day.
Angner wins twice, moves into quarters at Ojai
She and Hudson advance to doubles quarterfinals
Sophie Angner won a pair of matches in singles and doubles on Friday to move into the quarterfinals of both Community College Women’s Divisions at the 112th Ojai Tournament.
The freshman from Sweden cruised past Brianna Wood of Victor Valley 6-2, 6-0 and Camille Requiestas of Riverside 6-0, 6-2. She’s won 36 of 42 games in her three victories.
Angner will take on Robin Zhou of De Anza in Saturday’s quarterfinals at 9:30 a.m. at the Ojai Athletic Club.
SBCC’s other two singles players fell in the Round of 32. Talia Hudson lost a tough 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 decision to Emma Sheehan while Henrietta Spetz fell to Jessica Worring, also of Ventura, 6-1, 6-2.
Hudson’s match lasted 4 hours and 20 minutes. She was ahead 5-2 in the third set before suffering an injury and dropping the last five games.
Angner-Hudson are the No. 1 seed in doubles. They knocked off Mercedes Guerriero-Kentra Merriweather of San Diego City 6-1, 6-2 and Maja Martincevic-Amber Nelson of Grossmont 6-2, 6-2 in the Round of 16.
They’ll battle Madelyn Koehly-Haley Moss of Orange Coast in the quarterfinals on Saturday in a 12:30 p.m. match at the Ojai Athletic Club.
Thursday, April 26 -- 112th Ojai Tournament.
Three Vaqueros reach Round of 32 at Ojai
Three SBCC players reached the Round of 32 on Thursday in the Women’s Community College Singles at the 112th Ojai Tournament.
Sophie Angner had a first-round bye, then beat Priscilla Malagon of Imperial Valley 6-0, 6-2. Angner will take on Brianna Wood of Victor Valley on Friday at 8 a.m. at Camino Real Park.
Talia Hudson and Henrietta Spetz won a pair of matches. Hudson, a former Santa Barbara High star, lost just one game while defeating Kaitlyn Mitchell of Victor Valley 6-0, 6-0 and Lupita Sandoval of Grossmont 6-1, 6-0.
Hudson will take on Emma Sheehan of Ventura at 8 a.m. on Friday on the Ventura College courts.
Spetz downed Ellisse Herrera of Long Beach 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round and slipped past Tiffany Johannsen of Cuyamaca 6-4, 7-5 (5) in the Round of 64. Spetz will face Jessica Worring of Ventura on Friday at 8 a.m.
In doubles, Angner-Hudson are the No. 1 seed. They had a bye on Thursday and will battle Mercedes Guerriero-Kentra Merriweather of San Diego City on Friday in the Round of 32 at 12:30 p.m.
Spetz and Megan Thomas dropped their first-round match to Emma Sheehan-Victoria Vo of Fullerton 6-1, 7-5.
Tuesday, April 24 -- Southern Cal Regional semifinal: SBCC at Palomar, 2 p.m. #1 Palomar 5, #5 SBCC 2 Final record: 13-3
No. 1 Palomar tops Vaqueros 5-2
Hudson, Penner get singles points
Top-seeded Palomar pulled out a close doubles victory to top No. 5 SBCC 5-2 on Tuesday in a Southern Cal Regional semifinal in San Diego County.
The Comets improved to 20-0 after Liesl Galleisky-Pamela Cademas edged Henrietta Spetz and Megan Thomas 6-4, 7-5 in the decisive doubles match. SBCC (13-3) was leading in the other two doubles matches when play was halted.
“It couldn’t have been closer,” said Vaquero coach Debbie Ekola. “If we had won one more singles, it would have been 3-3 and I think we would have won two of the doubles and taken the match.
“Palomar is a good team. They have a great No. 1 who’s undefeated.”
Talia Hudson and Lindsay Penner got the SBCC points. Hudson beat Liesl Galleisky 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 and Penner took care of Brittany Scism 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6.
Sophie Angner-Hudson were leading at No. 1 doubles 4-6, 6-3, 2-0 and Hannah Erickson-Penner were one game away from securing the win at No. 3 with a 6-1, 6-5 lead.
Four Vaqueros will compete in the prestigious Ojai Tournament, which runs Thursday through Saturday. Angner, Hudson and Spetz will compete in singles. Angner-Hudson and Spetz-Thomas are playing doubles.
Angner-Hudson are the top-seeded doubles team in a field that features the top teams from all of California.
Palomar 5, SBCC 2. Singles--Mardee Littrell, P, def. Sophie Angner 7-5, 6-4; Talia Hudson, SB, def. Liesl Galleisky 6-3, 6-3; Tori Bohart, P, def. Henrietta Spetz 6-2, 6-3; Hillary Ramage, P, def. Megan Thomas 6-3, 6-3; Pamela Cademas, P, def. Hannah Erickson 6-4, 6-2; Lindsay Penner, SB, def. Brittany Scism 6-2, 6-1. Doubles--Galleisky-Cademas, P, def. Spetz-Thomas 6-4, 7-5.
Suspended doubles--Angner-Hudson, SB, led Lattrell-Ramage 4-6, 6-3, 2-0; Erickson-Penner, SB, led Brohart-Scism 6-1, 6-5.
Records--P 20-0, SB 13-3.
Friday, April 20 -- WSC Individual Tourney (Round of 16) at Ventura College, 3:30 p.m.
Angner tosses a shutout at WSC Individual
She wins 6-0, 6-0 to move into So Cal Regional
Sophie Angner, SBCC’s freshman sensation from Sweden, rolled into the Southern Cal Regional with a resounding win on Friday in the WSC Individual Tournament at Ventura College.
Angner beat Jackie Griffin of Bakersfield 6-0, 6-0 in the Round of 16.
The Vaqueros had four other players in the Round of 16 but none pulled out a victory. Sonia Landeros of Ventura beat No. 8 seed Talia Hudson 6-3, 6-1; Sevana Zargarian of Glendale downed No. 13 Henrietta Spetz 6-4, 6-0 and Criss Rodriguez of Santa Monica knocked off No. 15 Megan Thomas 6-2, 6-3.
Hannah Erickson defaulted to top-seeded Julianna Bacelar of Ventura.
By reaching the quarterfinals, Angner earned a spot in the Southern Cal Regional on May 3-5 at College of the Desert.
“Sophie played great today,” said coach Debbie Ekola. “Talia, Henrietta and Megan all fought hard.”
With three doubles teams already qualifying for the Regional, Ekola will be taking all six of her starting players to the elite event.
“It’s not very often that your entire team qualifies for the Regional,” she noted. “That says a lot about the quality of our team.”
SBCC’s top doubles duo of Angner and Hudson have been seeded No. 1 for the Ojai Tournament, which starts Thursday and attracts the top players from California.
WSC Individual Tournament
Singles (SBCC results)
Round of 16 -- Sophie Angner (#2 seed) def. Jackie Griffin, Bakersfield, 6-0, 6-0; Sonia Landeros, Ventura, def. Talia Hudson (8) 6-3, 6-1; Sevana Zargarian, Glendale, def. Henrietta Spetz (13) 6-4, 6-0; Criss Rodriguez, Santa Monica, def. Megan Thomas (15) 6-2, 6-3; Julianna Bacelar (1), Ventura, def. Hannah Erickson (16), default.
Tuesday, April 17 -- Southern Cal Regional quarterfinal: SBCC at Riverside, 2 p.m. #5 SBCC 5, #3 Riverside 1 Record: 13-2
Vaqueros stun Riverside 5-1 in Regional opener
Spetz gets decisive point with 3-set win
SBCC posted one of its biggest victories in more than a decade on Tuesday as the
Vaqueros upended No. 3 seed Riverside 5-1 in a Southern Cal Regional quarterfinal
match at Bushman Tennis Center in Riverside.
“This is the biggest win in my four years as coach,” said Debbie Ekola. “This is a giant over-the-top win. Just amazing.”
Santa Barbara, the fifth seed, improved to 13-2 with its third straight win and seventh in eight matches. It was the Vaqueros’ first playoff win since 2001 when they captured the state title with a 20-0 record.
Riverside, the Orange Empire League champion, had its 13-match win streak snapped. The Tigers finish with a 16-2 record.
Sophie Angner and Talia Hudson posted straight-set wins at Nos. 1 and 2 singles.
The doubles weren’t necessary after the Vaqueros got the decisive fifth point when Henrietta Spetz beat AJ Borja 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-1. Lindsay Penner rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the second set to sweep Natalie Tomlin 6-2, 7-5.
“Megan Thomas got a huge win -- 6-4, 7-6 (4) -- at No. 4 singles,” noted Ekola. “That made the score 4-1 instead of 3-2. It really took the pressure off Henrietta.”
The Vaqueros will travel to top-seeded and unbeaten Palomar (19-0) for the Regional semifinals on Tuesday. The Comets beat El Camino 5-2 on Tuesday.
No. 2 Ventura will take on No. 4 Orange Coast in the other semifinal.
SBCC 5, Riverside 1. Singles--Sophie Angner, SB, def. Brooke Vorhees 6-2, 6-1; Talia Hudson, SB, def. Camille Requiestas 6-3, 6-0; Henrietta Spetz, SB, def. Alejandra Borja 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-1; Megan Thomas, SB, def. Prisilla Cobian 6-4 7-6 (4); Alecs Comahig, R, def. Hannah Erickson 6-3, 6-0; Lindsay Penner, SB, def. Natalie Tomlin 6-2, 7-5.
Records--SBCC 13-2, RCC 16-2.
Saturday, April 14 -- WSC Individual Tourney at Ventura College.
Three doubles earn Regional berths
Five singles advance to Round of 16 at WSC Tourney
A trio of SBCC doubles teams earned spots in the Southern Cal Regional with wins
at the WSC Individual Tournament on Saturday at Ventura College and Camino Real Park.
Sophie Angner-Talia Hudson, the No. 1 seed, blitzed a Bakersfield duo 6-0, 6-0 in the Round of 16; Henrietta Spetz-Megan Thomas (# 6 seed) beat Towers-Pacca of Ventura 6-2, 6-1 and No. 8 Hannah Erickson-Lindsay Penner rallied past Courtney Guliher-Karla Hernandez of Santa Monica 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.
Erickson-Penner are 15-0 this season and SBCC’s top three doubles teams are 38-3.
The WSC Tourney is halted at the quarterfinal stage of singles and doubles and the eight players or teams advance to the Southern Cal Regional on May 3-5 at College of the Desert.
In singles, five Vaqueros won a match to reach the Round of 16. Sophie Angner, the No. 2 seed, blanked Brianna Hayes of Glendale 6-0, 6-0; No. 8 Talia Hudson topped Katharine Akmakji of Glendale 6-0, 6-1 and No. 13 Henrietta Spetz prevailed over Caroline Morris of Ventura 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. No. 15 Megan Thomas won in straight sets as did No. 16 Hannah Erickson.
Those five move on to the final day of the WSC Tourney on Friday at Ventura College, starting at 3:30 p.m. They’ll advance to the Regional with a win in the Round of 16.
WSC Individual Tournament
Singles (SBCC results)
Round of 64 -- All SBCC players had byes.
Round of 32 -- Sophie Angner (#2 seed) def. Brianna Hayes, Glendale, 6-0, 6-0; Talia Hudson (8) def. Katharine Akmakji, G, 6-0, 6-1; Henrietta Spetz (13) def. Caroline Morris, Ventura, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4; Megan Thomas (15) def. Grace Hanamoto, Ventura, 6-4, 6-2; Hannah Erickson (16) def. Kacie Guggia, Santa Monica, 6-1, 6-2; Sevana Zargarian, G, def. Lindsay Penner 6-4, 6-1; Juliana Nelkin, SM, def. Precious Ncube 6-0, 6-1; Samantha Sismundo, G, def. Stephanie Conliffe 6-0, 6-2.
Round of 16 (winners advance to So Cal Regional) -- Friday, April 20 at Ventura College, 3:30 p.m.
Round of 32 -- Conliffe-Ncube def. Kyota-Kacie Guggia, SM, 6-1, 6-4.
Round of 16 -- Angner-Hudson (1) def. Kim Butler-Dembler, Bakersfield, 6-0, 6-0; Spetz-Thomas (6) def. Towers-Pacca, V, 6-2, 6-1; Erickson-Penner (8) def. Courtney Guliher-Karla Hernandez, SM, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3; Jessica Worring-Sonia Landeros, V, def. Conliffe-Ncube 6-0, 6-0.
Note: Angner-Hudson, Spetz-Thomas and Erickson-Penner all qualify for the Southern Cal Regional on May 3-5 at College of the Desert.
Thursday, April 5 -- Glendale at SBCC, 2:30 p.m. SBCC 7, Glendale 2 Records: 12-2, 6-2 (2nd in WSC)
Vaqueros beat Glendale, take second in WSC
Doubles go 3-0, boost season record to 35-3
Hannah Erickson and Lindsay Penner scored the decisive fifth point with an 8-0 doubles win on a windy Thursday and SBCC went on to defeat Glendale 7-2 in a WSC match at Pershing Park.
The Vaqueros (12-2) finished conference play with a 6-2 mark and placed second for the third straight year. SBCC is 22-6 in the WSC over the last three seasons and each year, their only two losses have come to the WSC champion.
Penner took her No. 6 singles match over Brianna Hayes 6-1, 6-0 to improve to 13-1 on the season. Sophie Angner, a freshman from Sweden with an 8-2 record at No. 1, captured her singles match in straight sets, as did Megan Thomas and Erickson.
The three doubles teams won their sets to boost their season record to a sparkling 35-3 (.921). Erickson-Penner are a perfect 14-0. Angner-Hudson are 11-1 at No. 1 and Henrietta Spetz-Thomas are 10-2.
Santa Barbara is 6-1 at home this year and 16-3 over the last three years.
“We played well after taking the last two weeks off,” said coach Debbie Ekola, whose team will probably receive an at-large bid to the Southern Cal Regional team playoffs. “Talia (Hudson) almost won her match against a girl she lost to 6-0, 6-1 earlier this year.”
Hudson fell to Sofia Tavitian 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.
SBCC will compete in the WSC Individual Tournament on April 13-14 at Ventura College.
The Vaqueros will send four players to The Ojai Tournament on April 26-29. Angner, Hudson and Spetz will compete in singles with Angner-Hudson and Spetz-Thomas playing doubles.
At Pershing Park
SBCC 7, Glendale 2. Singles--Sophie Angner, SB, def. Sevana Zargarian 6-2, 6-3; Sofia Tavitian, G, def. Talia Hudson 6-4, 4-6, 6-3; Samantha Sismundo, G, def. Henrietta Spetz 6-0, 6-0; Megan Thomas, SB, def. Phoebe Minette 6-4, 6-3; Hannah Erickson, SB, def. Katherine Akmakji 6-4, 6-1; Lindsay Penner, SB, def. Brianna Hayes 6-1, 6-0. Doubles--Angner-Hudson, SB, def. Zargarian-Sismundo 8-5; Spetz-Thomas, SB, def. Tavitian-Minette 8-2; Erickson-Penner, SB, def. Akmakji-Hayes 8-0.
Records--GC: 5-7, 4-4; SB: 12-2, 6-2 (2nd in WSC).
Friday, March 23 -- Santa Monica at SBCC, 2 p.m. SBCC 7, Santa Monica 2 Records: 11-2, 5-2
Vaqueros down Corsairs 7-2
They improve to 5-2 in WSC
SBCC took five of six singles on Friday and went on to beat Santa Monica 7-2 in a
WSC match at Pershing Park.
Sophie Angner, Talia Hudson, Henrietta Spetz, Lindsay Penner and Precious Ncube all posted singles wins for the Vaqueros (11-2, 5-2), who boosted their home record to 5-1.
Angner won a tight 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 decision and Hudson got the fifth point with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph. The Vaqueros were down two players and Precious Ncube did a good job of filling in. She earned victories at No. 6 singles and No. 2 doubles with Spetz.
At Pershing Park
SBCC 7, Santa Monica 2. Singles--Sophie Angner, SB, def. Criss Rodrigues 7-5, 4-6, 6-3; Talia Hudson, SB, def. Juliana Nelkin 6-3, 6-4; Henrietta Spetz, SB, def. Courtney Gulihur 6-0, 6-1; Karla Hernandez, SM, def. Hannah Erickson 7-5, 0-6, 6-2; Lindsay Penner, SB, def. Kacie Guggia 6-1, 6-0; Precious Ncube, SB, def. Beatrice Valenzuela 6-2, 6-1. Doubles--Rodriguez-Nelkin, SM, def. Angner-Hudson 8-5; Spetz-Ncube, SB, def. Gulihur-Guadalupe Vega 8-4; Erickson-Penner, SB, def. Hernandez-Guggia 8-1.
Tuesday, March 20 -- SBCC at Ventura, 2 p.m. Ventura 7, SBCC 2 Records: 10-2, 4-2
Unbeaten Ventura downs Vaqueros 7-2
Pirates top SBCC for 2nd time this year
Ventura swept the singles 6-0 on Tuesday and went on to defeat SBCC 7-2 in a WSC match
The first-place Pirates (12-0, 5-0) are the only team to defeat the Vaqueros (10-2, 4-2) this year. Santa Barbara lost three-set matches at Nos. 4, 5 and 6 singles.
SBCC’s Lindsay Penner suffered her first defeat in 12 singles matches, losing to Grace Hanamoto 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Megan Thomas dropped a close 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 decision to Layne Gallimore at No. 4.
“We did our best but Ventura is a darn good team,” said coach Debbie Ekola. “They out-rallied us at 4, 5 and 6 singles. There were 20-, 30- and 40-stroke rallies.”
SBCC will host Santa Monica on Friday at 2 p.m.
Ventura 7, SBCC 2. Singles--Julianna Bacelar, V, def. Sophie Angner 6-3, 6-0; Jessica Worring, V, def. Talia Hudson 6-0, 6-0; Sonia Landeros, V, def. Henrietta Spetz 6-2, 6-2; Layne Gallimore, V, def. Megan Thomas 6-4, 5-7, 6-4; Caroline Morris, V, def. Hannah Erickson 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; Grace Hanamoto, V, def. Lindsay Penner 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Doubles--Angner-Hudson, SB, def. Bacelar-Gallimore 8-2; Worring-Landeros, V, def. Spetz-Thomas 8-3; Erickson-Penner, SB, def. Kate Powers-Sierra Lepine 8-0.
Friday, March 16 -- SBCC at Bakersfield, 2 p.m. SBCC 8, Bakersfield 1 Records: 10-1, 4-1 WSC
Vaqueros down Bakersfield 8-1
They reach 10 wins for third straight year
SBCC posted an 8-1 women’s tennis win at Bakersfield on Friday to reach 10 wins for the third straight season.
Lindsay Penner won her No. 6 singles 6-0, 6-0 and Megan Thomas posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 4. The Vaqueros won their fourth straight to improve to 10-1 on the year and 4-1 in WSC action. They're 30-8 over the last three seasons (.789).
SBCC 8, Bakersfield 1. Singles--Sophie Angner, SB, def. Leah Stewart 6-2, 6-0; Talia Hudson, SB, def. Jackie Griffin 6-0, 6-2; Henrietta Spetz, SB, def. Kim Butler 6-2, 6-2; Megan Thomas, SB, def. Haleigh Dilbeck 6-1, 6-0; Cassandra Beadle, B, def. Hannah Erickson 7-5, 6-4; Lindsay Penner, SB, def. Morgan Frazier 6-0, 6-0. Doubles--Angner-Hudson, SB, def. Stewart-Beadle 8-4; Spetz-Thomas, SB, def. Griffin-Dilbeck 8-1; Erickson-Penner, SB, def. Butler-Frazier 8-1.
Thursday, March 8 -- SBCC at Glendale, 2 p.m. SBCC 7, Glendale 2 Records: 9-1, 3-1
SBCC tops Glendale 7-2
No. 2 doubles get decisive fifth point
Henrietta Spetz and Megan Thomas posted a victory at No. 2 doubles on Thursday, securing the decisive fifth point for SBCC in a 7-2 WSC victory at Glendale.
The visiting Vaqueros (both teams use the nickname Vaqueros) won their third straight to improve to 9-1 overall and 3-1 in conference.
Spetz-Thomas won 8-2 after Sophie Angner survived a tiebreaker at No. 1 singles to beat Sevana Zargarian 6-2, 7-6 (2) for the fourth point. The Vaqueros won held a 4-2 lead after the singles.
“Henrietta and Megan came out like gangbusters,” said coach Debbie Ekola. “They got our fifth point when the other two doubles were down.”
Hannah Erickson and Lindsay Penner overcame a 4-1 deficit and won their doubles set 8-4 by sweeping the last seven games.
SBCC will take a week off before traveling to Bakersfield on Friday, March 16.
SBCC 7, Glendale 2. Singles--Sophie Angner, SB, def. Sevana Zargarian 6-2, 7-6 (2); Sofia Tavitian, G, def. Talia Hudson 6-0, 6-1; Samantha Sismundo, G, def. Henrietta Spetz 6-4, 6-2; Megan Thomas, SB, def. Phoebe Minette 6-4, 6-1; Hannah Erickson, SB, def. Katherine Akmakji 6-0, 6-4; Lindsay Penner, SB, def. Zarouni Chavdarian 6-2, 6-2. Doubles--Angner-Hudson, SB, def. Zargarian-Sismundo 8-6; Spetz-Thomas, SB, def. Tavitian-Minette 8-2; Erickson-Penner, SB, def. Akmakji-Brianna Hayes 8-4.
Tuesday, March 6 -- Bakersfield at SBCC, 2 p.m. SBCC 8, Bakersfield 1 Records: 8-1, 2-1
Vaqueros beat Bakersfield 8-1
They secure WSC win with 5-1 singles advantage
SBCC handed Bakersfield an 8-1 setback in a WSC match on a wind-swept Tuesday at
The Vaqueros (8-1, 2-1) got singles wins from Sophie Angner, Talia Hudson, Henrietta Spetz, Megan Thomas and Lindsay Penner to improve to 14-3 at home over the last three years. They also posted three tight doubles wins, 8-6, 8-7 (2) and 8-6.
“The wind was the great equalizer,“ said coach Debbie Ekola. “This was a hard-fought 8-1 victory.”
At Pershing Park
SBCC 8, Bakersfield 1. Singles--Sophie Angner, SB, def. Leah Stewart 6-1, 6-4; Talia Hudson, SB, def. Jackie Griffin 6-3, 0-6, 6-3; Henrietta Spetz, SB, def. Kim Butler 6-3, 6-2; Megan Thomas, SB, def. Haleigh Dilbeck 6-0, 6-3; Kasie Beadle, B, def. Hannah Erickson 6-2, 6-4; Lindsay Penner, SB, def. Morgan Frazier 6-3, 6-1. Doubles--Angner-Hudson, SB, def. Stewart-Beadle 8-6; Spetz-Thomas, SB, def. Griffin-Dilbeck 8-7 (2); Erickson-Penner, SB, def. Butler-Frazier 8-6.
Thursday, March 1 -- San Diego Mesa at SBCC, 2 p.m. SBCC 9, SD Mesa 0 Record: 7-1
Vaqueros blank San Diego Mesa 9-0
Three singles rally from 5-2 deficits to win
SBCC bounced back from its first loss to blank San Diego Mesa 9-0 on Thursday in
a nonconference match at Pershing Park.
The Vaqueros are 7-1 on the season.
Talia Hudson won the match of the day at No. 1 singles, rallying to win after dropping the first set to Gabby Fortunato 6-3. Hudson fell behind 5-2 in the second set, then captured five straight games and won a tiebreaker 10-8.
“Talia played great, their No. 1 was good,” said coach Debbie Ekola. “It was nice to see us play well after our first loss (to Ventura on Tuesday).”
Henrietta Spetz (7-5, 6-1) and Hannah Erickson (6-3, 7-5) also overcame 5-2 deficits to win by 7-5 scores at Nos. 2 and 4 singles, respectively. Erickson and Lindsay Penner stayed unbeaten in doubles (8-0 season record) as did Hudson and Sophie Angner (6-0).
At Pershing Park
SBCC 9, San Diego Mesa 0. Singles--Talia Hudson def. Gabby Fortunato 3-6, 7-5 (10-8 tiebreaker); Henrietta Spetz def. Chika Yanai 7-5, 6-1; Megan Thomas def. Denise Romero 6-0, 6-2; Hannah Erickson def. Sojia Aguais 6-3, 7-5; Lindsay Penner def. Layla Zbinden 6-0, 6-0; Stephanie Conliffe def. Mariah Albright 6-2, 6-2. Doubles--Hudson-Sophie Angner def. Fortunato-Aquais 8-4; Thomas-Precious Ncube def. Yanai-Zbinden 8-6; Erickson-Penner def. Romero-Jessica Igalan 8-2.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 -- Ventura at SBCC, 2 p.m. Ventura 6, SBCC 3 Records: 6-1, 1-1
Ventura hands Vaqueros first loss, 6-3
Pirates take 5 of 6 singles to stay unbeaten
Ventura won five of six singles on Tuesday at Pershing Park and went on to hand SBCC
its first loss, 6-3.
The Pirates are 6-0 and 1-0 in the WSC while the Vaqueros fell to 6-1 and 1-1.
“Ventura is a tough, deep team and they played well today,” said coach Debbie Ekola. “The fifth and sixth singles were both tough matches.”
Caroline Morris beat SBCC’s Hannah Erickson 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5 and the Vaqueros’ Lindsay Penner prevailed 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 at No. 6. Erickson and Penner rallied from a 5-2 deficit to win their doubles set, 8-7 (8-6 tiebreaker).
SBCC will host San Diego Mesa on Thursday at 3 p.m.
At Pershing Park
Ventura 6, SBCC 3. Singles--Juliana Bacelar, V, def. Sophie Angner 6-1, 6-0; Jessica Worring, V, def. Talia Hudson 6-3, 6-1; Sonia Landeros, V, def. Henrietta Spetz 6-2, 6-1; Layne Gallimore, V, def. Megan Thomas 6-3, 6-2; Caroline Morris, V, def. Hannah Erickson 5-7, 6-2, 6-2; Lindsay Penner, SB, def. Grace Hanamoto 6-3, 2-6, 6-1. Doubles--Angner-Hudson, SB, def. Worring-Landeros 8-4; Bacelar-Gallimore, V, def. Spetz-Thomas 8-1; Erickson-Penner, SB, def. Hanamoto-Katie Power 8-7 (8-6 tiebreak).
Thursday, Feb. 23 -- SBCC at Santa Monica, 1 p.m. SBCC 6, Santa Monica 3 Records: 6-0, 1-0
Vaqueros top defending state champs
They beat Santa Monica 6-3 in WSC debut
SBCC posted one of the biggest women’s tennis wins in years on Thursday when the Vaqueros beat Santa Monica 6-3 in their WSC opener on the road.
Santa Monica won the state championships last year with a 17-0 record. The Corsairs have captured the last two WSC titles with a perfect 20-0 record.
The Vaqueros improved to 6-0 despite missing their top player, Sophie Angner, who has an injury.
“For us to be able to win without our No. 1 player, that shows the depth of our team,” said coach Debbie Ekola. “We had to move everyone up a spot. I’m very happy with our performance.”
Megan Thomas, Hannah Erickson, Lindsay Penner and Stephanie Conliffe all won in straight sets in singles. The Vaqueros are 17-1 in doubles after dropping their first set of the year.
SBCC will host Ventura on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
At Santa Monica
SBCC 6, Santa Monica 3. Singles--Criss Rodriguez, SM, def. Talia Hudson 6-2, 6-2; Juliana Nelkin, SM, def. Henrietta Spetz 6-1, 6-3; Megan Thomas, SB, def. Courtney Gulihur 6-1, 6-1; Hannah Erickson, SB, def. Karla Hernandez 6-2, 6-4; Lindsay Penner, SB, def. Guadalupe Vega 6-3, 6-0; Stephanie Conliffe, SB, def. Beatrice Valenzuela 6-3, 6-4. Doubles--Rodriguez-Nelkin, SM, def. Hudson-Conliffe 8-2; Spetz-Thomas, SB, def. Gulihur-Hernandez 8-0; Erickson-Penner, SB, def. Vega-Valenzuela 8-1.
Tuesday, Feb. 21 -- San Diego City at SBCC, 2 p.m. SBCC 9, San Diego City 0 Record: 5-0
Vaqueros blank San Diego City 9-0
They lose just seven games in match
There were lots of zeroes on Tuesday at Pershing Park and that was good news for
the SBCC women’s tennis team, which blanked San Diego City 9-0 in a nonconference
The Vaqueros (5-0) posted 6-0, 6-0 scores in five of six singles matches. The only exception was No. 2 singles, which Henrietta Spetz won 6-1, 6-4. The doubles also were a perfect 3-0, winning 24 of 26 games.
It was the fourth straight home win and 12th in the last 14 matches.
Stephanie Conliffe, a freshman from Santa Barbara High, made her collegiate debut. She was a 6-0, 6-0 winner in singles and teamed up with former SBHS teammate Talia Hudson for an 8-2 triumph at No. 1 doubles.
The Vaqueros have a big match on Thursday when they open WSC play at two-time defending champion Santa Monica.
At Pershing Park
SBCC 9, San Diego City 0. Singles--Talia Hudson, SB, def. Mercedes Guerriero 6-0, 6-0; Henrietta Spetz, SB, def. Kentra Merriweather 6-1, 6-4; Megan Thomas, SB, def. Kim Cotton 6-0, 6-0; Hannah Erickson, SB, def. Susy Sanchez 6-0, 6-0; Lindsay Penner, SB, def. Thuy Nguyen 6-0, 6-0; Stephanie Conliffe, SB, def. Monica Cervantes 6-0, 6-0. Doubles--Hudson-Conliffe, SB, def. Guerriero-Merriweather 8-2; Spetz-Thomas, SB, def. Cotton-Sanchez 8-0; Erickson-Penner, SB, def. Nguyen-Cervantes 8-0.
Records--SBCC 5-0; San Diego 0-1.
Friday, Feb. 17 -- Grossmont at SBCC, 2 p.m. SBCC 6, Grossmont 3 Record: 4-0
Vaqueros post big win over Grossmont
They stay unbeaten with 6-3 triumph
Despite missing its No. 1 singles player on Friday, SBCC didn’t miss a beat in a 6-3 victory over powerhouse Grossmont at Pershing Park.
The Vaqueros remained undefeated at 4-0. Grossmont, which has won 11 state titles, was playing its season opener. The Griffins were the Southern Cal runner-up last year.
Sophie Angner, the Vaqueros No. 1 player from Sweden, didn’t play singles due to illness. She won her doubles match with Talia Hudson 8-2.
“Everyone had to move up a spot in singles and they all stepped up,” said coach Debbie Ekola. “Lindsay Penner really fought hard to pull out a victory at No. 5.”
Hudson prevailed in No. 1 singles 7-5, 6-3 while Penner won her match 6-4, 7-5.
The three doubles matches were played first and SBCC swept the doubles for the fourth straight match.
Santa Barbara hosts San Diego City on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
At Pershing Park
SBCC 6, Grossmont 3. Singles--Talia Hudson, SB, def. Amber Nelson 7-5, 6-3; Maja Martincevcic, G, def. Henrietta Spetz 7-6, 6-0; Megan Thomas, SB, def. Nathalay Moungvong 6-0, 6-1; Maricarmen Patino, G, def. Hannah Erickson 6-2, 4-6, (10-8 tiebreaker); Lindsay Penner, SB, def. Alexis Rooney 6-4, 7-5; Lupita Sandoval, G, def. Precious Ncube 6-4, 7-6 (5). Doubles--Angner-Hudson, SB, def. Nelson-Martincevcic 8-2; Spetz-Thomas, SB, def. Moungvong-Rooney 8-3; Erickson-Penner, SB, def. Sandoval-Shayley Tyson 8-1.
Records--GC 0-1; SBCC 4-0.
Saturday, Feb. 4 -- SBCC at Sequoias, 11 a.m. SBCC 9, Sequoias 0 Record: 3-0
Vaqueros shut out Sequoias 9-0
SBCC went 12-0 in singles sets on Saturday on the way to a 9-0 victory over Sequoias in Visalia.
Henrietta Spetz rallied to win the first set at No. 3 singles 7-6 and took the second one, 6-2. No. 1 player Sophie Angner and No. 5 Hannah Erickson both posted 6-0, 6-0 shutouts.
The Vaqueros won 24 of 25 games while sweeping the three doubles sets. SBCC went 3-0 on its three-game, season-opening trip to Northern California.
Santa Barbara makes its home debut on Thursday vs. San Diego Mesa at 2 p.m.
SBCC 9, Sequoias 0. Singles--Sophie Angner def. Lexi Rico 6-0, 6-0; Talia Hudson def. Larissa Clem 6-0, 6-2; Henrietta Spetz def. Stephanie Garcia 7-6, 6-2; Megan Thomas def. Rebecca Blackwell 6-0, 6-1; Hannah Erickson def. Cerena Ortiz 6-0, 6-0; Precious Ncube def. Valerie Valencia 6-3, 6-2. Doubles--Angner-Hudson def. Rico-Blackwell 8-1; Spetz-Thomas def. Clem-Garcia 8-0; Erickson-Lindsay Penner def. Ortiz-Valencia 8-0.
Friday, Feb. 3 -- SBCC at Fresno City, 1 p.m. SBCC 6, Fresno City 3 Record: 2-0
Vaqueros top Fresno City 6-3
Angner, Hudson win in singles and doubles
Talia Hudson rallied for a three-set victory on Friday and SBCC went on to beat Fresno City 6-3 in a nonconference match at Fresno.
Hudson, a freshman from Santa Barbara High, dropped the first set to Kate Abston 6-4, then captured 12 of the next 13 games to win the last two sets, 6-1, 6-0. Sophie Angner won at No. 1 singles and Precious Ncube prevailed at No. 6 by a 6-0, 6-1 count for the Vaqueros (2-0).
Angner and Hudson won their doubles set 8-2, sparking a 3-0 sweep in doubles.
“We played doubles first because that’s the way they do it in their conference and our No. 2 and 3 teams rallied to win tough sets (by 9-7 and 8-6 scores),” noted coach Debbie Ekola. “I was impressed by Talia’s comeback win.”
SBCC completes its three-game road trip on Saturday at Sequoias, starting at 11 a.m.
SBCC 6, Fresno 3. Singles--Sophie Angner, SB, def. Maddie Loomis 6-1, 6-1; Talia Hudson, SB, def. Kate Abston 4-6, 6-1, 6-0; Regina Leyba, F, def. Megan Thomas 6-2, 6-3; Allie O’Neill, F, def. Hannah Erickson 6-1, 6-2; Betsy Lauritzen, F, def. Lindsay Penner 6-1, 6-2; Precious Ncube, SB, def. Meghan Woods 6-0, 6-1. Doubles--Angner-Hudson, SB, def. Loomis-Abston 8-2; Thomas-Henrietta Spetz, SB, def. Leyba-O’Neill 9-7; Erickson-Penner, SB, def. Lauritzen-Woods 8-6. Record--SBCC 2-0.
Thursday, Feb. 2 -- SBCC at Reedley, 2 p.m. SBCC 8, Reedley 1 Record: 1-0
Vaqueros roll in season debut, 8-1
They topple last year’s Northern Cal runner-up
Sophie Angner posted a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles, helping SBCC to an 8-1 triumph
at Reedley in the Vaqueros’ season opener. Angner is a freshman from Sweden.
The Vaqueros won nine of 12 singles sets and went 3-0 in doubles against Reedley, which reached the Northern Cal final last year.
“They were very deep but we’re deep also,” said coach Debbie Ekola. “This was a big win. Sophie played great. I think she’s one to watch this year.”
In the No. 5 singles match, SBCC freshman Hannah Erickson prevailed 5-7, 7-5 (10-8 tiebreaker) over Amanda Bukilica. A third set wasn’t played because the match had been decided.
SBCC 8, Reedley 1. Singles--Sophie Angner, SB, def. Isabel Herrera 6-1, 6-1; Jasmine Martinez, R, def. Henrietta Spetz 6-1, 6-1; Talia Hudson, SB, def. Valdez 6-4, 6-0; Megan Thomas, SB, def. Alisha Kennedy 6-0, 6-3; Hannah Erickson, SB, def. Amanda Bukilica 5-7, 7-5 (10-8 tiebreaker); Lindsay Penner, SB, def. Bailey Wisley 6-2, 6-3. Doubles--Angner-Hudson, SB, def. Herrera-Martinez 8-4; Spetz-Thomas, SB, def. Valdez-Kennedy 8-6; Erickson-Penner, SB, def. Bukilica-Jennifer Frauenheim 8-2.