Gauchos Continue Opening Weekend in Day 2 of UCSB Classic

Benjamin Recknagel (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Benjamin Recknagel (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UCSB men's tennis team had another successful day at the courts on Saturday after their near perfect start Friday afternoon.

After three rounds of play in the UCSB Classic, the Gauchos are in prime position to grab the number one spot in three of the four flights they are competing in, including a chance for Axel Bouillin to win the top spot in Flight A singles.

Bouillin posted two straight set wins by the identical score of 6-3, 6-3 over Jurgen DeJager of Cal Poly and Nevada's Victor Ouvrad, who defeated UCSB's Mbonisi Ndimande earlier in the day. In Sunday's finale, Bouillin will take on Gregory Bayane from Cal for first place in singles play.

Bouillin will also compete for the top spot in Flight B doubles with partner Sasha Gryaznov after their 8-1 victory over Cal Poly's Beasley and Klein. UCSB will play Ouvrad and Sunago of Nevada starting at 9 AM Sunday.

In Flight B singles, the Gauchos have another chance for a first place finish, as senior Benjamin Recknagel will match up against Cal's Wyatt Houghton. Recknagel won his second round of singles play in the tournament 6-2, 7-5 over Hugo Fortin of UC Davis. Recknagel then posted a come back victory over Nevada's Ryan Andrada 3-6, 6-4, 3-0 to move on in the tournament.

UCSB has three other players in the Flight B singles bracket. Sasha Gryaznov will play Ryan Andrada of Nevada for third place and a pair of Gaucho rookies, Miles Seemann and Jake Johnson, will battle it out for the fifth place spot.

In Flight B doubles, senior Benjamin Recknagel and rookie Miles Seemann dropped their match against Nevada's Ouvrad and Sunago 8-4 but have a chance to win third place in a matchup against Cal Poly's Beasley and Klein in Flight B doubles.

Ziad Sultan and Mbonisi Ndimande lost their match in Flight A doubles against Cal's Bayane and Houghton 8-6 and won a third place ranking by default. Individually, Ndimande will compete with Toki Sherbakov of UC Davis for fifth place in Flight A singles and Sultan will play for the ninth place spot against Fernando Sunago of Nevada.

The finale of the UCSB Classic will begin at 9 AM Sunday morning with one round of doubles followed by a round of singles.