UCSB Returns Home to Host No. 36 BYU Thursday, Travel to Top-Ranked USC Saturday

UCSB Returns Home to Host No. 36 BYU Thursday, Travel to Top-Ranked USC Saturday

• This Week
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. No. 36 BYU Cougars
at UCSB's Recreation Center Courts

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at No. 1 USC Trojans
at USC's Marks Stadium

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters this week's matches with a record of 2-1.  The Gauchos opened the season last weekend playing a trio of matches in Honolulu.  In their opener, they lost a tough 5-2 decision to No. 16 Mississippi State, but they bounced back to beat Gonzaga (6-1) and the host University of Hawai'i (4-3).

• Pulling Rank
UCSB already played No. 16 Mississippi State to open the season and now the Gauchos return to the mainland to play two more ranked opponents.  They will open their home schedule against No. 36 BYU, a team that defeated them in Provo last season, and then they travel to Los Angeles to take-on top-ranked USC on Saturday afternoon.

• UCSB Goes To The Islands, Picks-Up Some Wins
The Gauchos traveled to Hawai'i to open their 2012 dual match season and head coach Marty Davis found a little bit of paradise.  While UCSB dropped its opener, it didn't go down without a fight, pushing 16th-ranked Mississippi State to the limit in 5-2 match.  The Gauchos then won two consecutive to close things out and fly back to the mainland with a 2-1 record.

• Forget Me Not
Senior Mathieu Forget played No. 1 singles and doubles in all three matches during the trip to Hawai'i and he had an outstanding weekend.  Forget (pronounced For-zhay) teamed with Mbonisi Ndimande to win at No. 1 singles against Mississippi State.  He then dropped a tough 6-1, 7-6 match to the Bulldogs' Artem Ilyushin at No. 1 singles, but that was the only blemish he had in three matches.  He won his singles matches against Gonzaga and Hawai'i and he teamed with Ndimande to go a perfect 3-0 in doubles.

• Great Scott!
Actually, it's Greg Scott.  As in freshman Greg Scott.  Playing No. 3 in the lineup for the Gauchos, Scott made his debut weekend of dual match competition a solid one.  After losing his first match to 90th-ranked Mazte Stropp of Mississippi State, the Mira Costa High School product posted consecutive sweeps over Gonzaga's Olivier Jamin (6-0, 6-2) and Hawai'i's Dale Okamoto (6-4, 7-5).  Scott also partnered with Axel Bouillin at No. 2 doubles and went 1-2.  Their lone win?  Over Artem Ilyushin and Ethan Wilkenson of Mississippi State.

• On The Horizon
Following this weekend, UCSB will have a week off before resuming action at home against Westmont College on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 1:00 p.m.   The Gauchos then head to the Pacific Northwest for matches at Oregon on Feb. 11 and Washington on Feb. 12.  The trip north will be the last time that UCSB will leave the state for a match this season.