Gauchos Travel to Los Angeles for SoCal Intercollegiate Championships

Axel Bouillin (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Axel Bouillin (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After a two-week break, the Gauchos men's tennis team will take the road once again for the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships this Wednesday taking place at UCLA.

UCSB will send only four players for this tournament including Mbonisi Ndimande, who went all the way to the quarterfinals in the ITA Southwest Regional Championships, Benjamin Recknagel, Axel Bouillin, and Ziad Sultan.

Ziad Sultan, Axel Bouillin, and senior Benjamin Recknagel went out in the Round of 64, 32, and 16 respectively in the previous tournament against a tough field and will be looking to build on their strong starts to the season.

The Gauchos will be facing players from ten other schools including UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, Concordia, BYU, USD, LMU, APU, UCSD, and Big West rivals Cal Poly.

Three of the four Gauchos players will begin their singles play in the main draw of 32. Ndimande, who earned the fifth seed in the tournament, goes up against BYU's Keaton Cullimore on Thursday. Fellow senior, Benjamin Recknagel, also earned a fifth seed and will face Corey Smith of USC. Sophomore Axel Bouillin's opponent is yet to be determined.

In the qualifying draw, Ziad Sultan starts his tournament on Wednesday and will take on UCSD's Rajeev Herekar.

The Gauchos will also pair up for doubles play after all duos fell just short of the quarterfinals in the ITA Regionals. Recknagel will pair Bouillin and Ndimande and Sultan will be paired together as the fourth seed. Both duos will begin in the main draw of 16.  

Play will begin on Wednesday, November 7th and run through Sunday.

Wednesday's Singles Draws

Qualifying Round of 32:

Ziad Sultan – UCSB vs. Rajeev Herekar – UCSD, Wed. 11:30am

Thursday's Singles Draws

Main Draw Round of 32:

Mbonisi Ndimande (5) – UCSB vs. Keaton Cullimore – BYU, Thurs. 11:30am
Benjamin Recknagel (5) – UCSB vs. Corey Smith – USC, Thurs. 11:30am
Axel Bouillin – UCSB vs. TBD