SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Gauchos are returning home to the Rec Cen courts for the first time in a month for back-to-back games against Boston College on Friday and 36th-ranked San Diego State University on Saturday.
In their stretch of road games before coming home, the Gauchos went 1-3, with their only win coming at St. John's in a 4-3 victory. Despite their overall 3-4 record, Coach Marty Davis said after UCSB's most recent loss that the team is "playing better in doubles" and have shown improvement from the start of the season.
After having played only four games in the span of a month, the men's tennis season will begin to ramp up in the coming weeks, including a four-game home stand in the next week.
The Gauchos' first game on the home-stand is against Boston College in a game that was added to the schedule after UCSB's Feb. 18 match at California was cancelled. The BC Eagles are 4-4 on the season and are coming off a 5-2 loss to Big West rival UC Davis. Boston College will play NAIA opponent Westmont before taking on the Gauchos on Friday.
UCSB will have a bigger challenge the next day against #36 SDSU, who boast a nationally ranked player and a number of wins against top-ranked teams. SDSU's Derek Siddiqui is the No. 71-ranked singles player in the country and has a 7-4 record playing at court 1. The Aztecs have gone 3-1 in their past four games, including an upset win over 16th-ranked Cal last week.
With wet weather forecasted for the Santa Barbara area on Friday, the Gauchos are hoping it will clear out before their matches on Friday and Saturday are slated to start.
Weather permitting; action is set to begin at 2:00 PM (PST) against Boston College at the Rec Cen Courts on Friday, March 8. Saturday's game against #36 San Diego State is set to start at 12:00 PM (PST), also at the Rec Cen courts.