SANTA CRUZ – National preseason No. 28 La Verne tennis team rode a dominant singles performance en route to a resounding 8-1 win over No. 14 UC Santa Cruz to open the season on Saturday at Santa Cruz.
No. 1 doubles pair of Laina Matsuda and Jeanette Losaria got the Leopards rolling with a 8-6 win over UCSC pair Alexandra Scotten/Mary Collins, and the duo of Andrea Madrigal and Megan Soucy also won, 8-5.
La Verne swept the singles portion and Shenelle Trujillo clinched the match for the Leopards with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Monika Prokes.
"This was a strong performance by everybody today," said La Verne coach Yolanda Duron. "The doubles set the tone for the match. In the singles, [UCSC] kept pushing but we fought back and Shenelle was able to clinch the match for us."
Elsewhere, Madrigal and Losaria earned sweeps over Scotten and Courney Lymburner, respectively, and freshman Areli Martinez notched her first collegiate dual win over Kassi Heacock.
As a unit, the Leopards outscored the Banana Slugs, 61-35.
La Verne will travel to Walla Walla, Wash. to face Lewis & Clark on Feb. 15. First serve is 10 a.m.
La Verne 8, UCSC 1
- Matsuda/Losaria (ULV) def. Scotten/Collins (UCSC) 8-6
- Lymburner/Caro (UCSC) def. Etchegaray/Moncrief (ULV) 9-8 (0)
- Madrigal/Soucy (ULV) def. Prokes/Lamb (UCSC) 8-5
- Andrea Madrigal (ULV) def. Alex Scotten (UCSC) 6-4, 6-1
- Jeannette Losaria (ULV) def. Courtney Lymburner (UCSC) 6-0, 6-2
- Laina Matsuda (ULV) def. Katy Collins (UCSC) 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 (9)
- Allison Moncrief (ULV) def. Danielle Caro (UCSC) 6-3, 0-6, 1-0 (7)
- Bridget Etchegaray (ULV) def. Jackie Lamb (UCSC) 6-2, 7-6 (4)
- Shenelle Trujillo (ULV) def. Monica Prokes (UCSC) 6-3, 6-3
- Areli Martinez (ULV) def. Kassi Heacock (UCSC) 8-2