Highlanders around the Big West


Men’s Golf
The UC Riverside men’s golf team concluded the Bill Cullum Invitational in Simi Valley, Calif. last Tuesday, Oct. 21, placing 14th out of 20 teams. No. 21 USC won the event with a score of 833 for the tournament. UCR’s top finisher was David Gazzolo, capping in at 13th place with a 212 mark. He was only four strokes away from fourth place. Arizona State University’s Jon Rahm won the individual event with a score of 203. Highlander Sam Gillis earned 35th place with a 219 total while Pachara Sakulyong finished in 62nd with a 225. The team next plays on Jan. 26, 2015 at the Mission Cup in Riverside, Calif.

Women’s golf
The women’s golf team won the Santa Clara Colby Invitational in San Jose, Calif. on Oct. 21, with senior Brittani Ferraro taking the individual title. The Highlanders finished with a 927 overall, outplaying the hosting Santa Clara Broncos by nine strokes. Ferraro scored a 221, beating Annie Freman from Santa Clara by one stroke. Coincidentally, the last time the women’s team won was at last year’s Birdies for Breast Cancer tournament, which Ferraro also placed first at. Close behind Ferraro was teammate Savannah Vilaubi who tied for fifth with a score of 231. Highlander Haley Wian placed 10th with a 235.

Men’s tennis
The UCR men’s tennis team won two doubles matches and one singles match in its first tournament of the season at the UC Santa Barbara Classic from Oct. 10-12. The pair of doubles wins followed loses on the first two days of the match. UCR’s Julian Ruffin defeated Felix Schueller in three tight sets. Ruffin and Sean Robles then placed seventh place in doubles, beating UC San Diego 8-3. Highlanders Cooper Bridge and Michael Carella also were victorious in doubles, beating UC Santa Barbara 8-6. On day two, Ruffin defeated Timothy Tran from Cal Poly and received a walkover because his next opponent withdrew. Robles lost his first match to UC Davis’s Everett Maltby, but defeated UCSB’s Ziad Sultan in the following round.

Women’s tennis
The women’s tennis team lost back-to-back singles at the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southwest Regional Championship in San Diego on Oct. 17. Highlander Chloe Pham lost a tiebreaker to UC Irvine’s Kat Facey while Courtney Pattugalan lost to Pepperdine’s Daniele Feneridis. Pham and Pattugalan lost to San Diego 8-1 in doubles, while on the singles side, Pham and Pattugalan both lost in straight sets. At its next tournament, the Matador Collegiate Invitational on Oct. 19, the Highlanders recorded a handful of singles and doubles matches over the weekend, most notably UCR’s Natalie Penner and Kassie Truong defeating Cal State Los Angeles, 8-5. In singles, Highlander Karla Dulay lost her first match but rebounded with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton’s Jessica Pepa.

The struggling women’s volleyball team fell to No. 23 ranked Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge over the weekend, bringing its conference record to 0-8 on the season. On Friday night, the Highlanders were simply overmatched by their ranked opponent. Ashley Cox and Alex Gresham tallied six kills for UCR, but the team fell in straight sets, 25-13, 25-14, 25-15. Saturday night was no better for the Highlanders as they won a set but couldn’t overcome the Matadors. The team begins a three-game homestand beginning on Thursday, Oct. 30 against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

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