Gauchos Eliminated on Day 3 of ITA Regionals

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

IRVINE, Calif. - Mbonisi Ndimande and Benjamin Recknagel, the only Gauchos still in the field of the ITA Regionals, lost Sunday to end UCSB's play in the tournament.

Recknagel faced the fifth seed Marcos Giron of UCLA in the Round of 16 after his win over Cal Poly's Jordan Bridge the previous day. Recknagel lost 6-3, 6-2, failing to make it to the Quarterfinals.

Senior Mbonisi Ndimade posted a tight 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 win in his first match over Thibuat Visy of San Diego, the eighth ranked player in the tournament but then lost in his quarterfinal match to USC's Roberto Quiroz 6-4, 6-0.

The Gauchos will next be in action on November 7th to begin the So Cal Intercollegiate tournament in Los Angeles, California.

Singles Round 4:

Mbonisi Ndimande (12)– UCSB def. Thibuat Visy (8)– San Diego, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
Marcos Giron (5) – UCLA def. Benjamin Recknagel (15) – UCSB, 6-3, 6-2

Singles Round 5:

Roberto Quiroz (3) – USC def. Mbonisi Ndimande (12)– UCSB, 6-4, 6-0