DAVIS, Calif. – The Gauchos (2-1) started off their final road trip of the season with a big road win over UC Davis (0-4) at the Marya Welch Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon. UCSB claimed the doubles point and split the singles matches en route to a 4-3 victory over their conference foes.
UCSB showed their resilience in Saturday's match against the Aggies, fighting back from deficits in doubles and individual singles matches to move themselves up in the crowded Big West standings.
The Gauchos got off to a slow start in doubles with a loss at court 2, where Axel Bouillin/Sasha Gryaznov dropped their match to Luba/Miller, 8-2 but UCSB battled back with wins at courts 1 and 3 to clinch the doubles point. At the No. 3 position, Gaucho duo Riminton/Seemann overcame a 5-3 deficit to take their match 8-5 over Bacharach/Horowitz. Mbonisi Ndimande/Ziad Sultan followed up with a win at court 1, defeating Sherbakov/Levie 8-6 to give the Gauchos a 1-0 lead.
"The win in doubles started the momentum," said sophomore Miles Seemann.
The Gauchos carried their strong play to singles and jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead with wins by Andrew Riminton and Axel Bouillin. Freshman Andrew Riminton was first off the courts with a win at the No. 5 position, taking down Fortin in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 after overcoming a 5-2 deficit in the second set. Axel Bouillin fought back from down a set and a break to defeat Kyle Miller 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 at court 2 to give the Gauchos the commanding 3-0 lead.
Senior Mbonisi Ndimande clinched the win for the Gauchos at 4-1, with a straight set victory over the Aggies' No. 1 Toki Sherbakov 6-4, 7-5.
The Gauchos suffered close losses at courts 3, 4, and 6, though two of those losses came after UCSB claimed the victory. Junior Sasha Gryaznov was defeated 6-4, 6-4 at court 4. Sophomore Ziad Sultan and freshman Jacob Johnson lost in three-set marathon matches at courts 3 and 6, respectively.
"Overall it was a tough competition," said Miles Seemann, "[We had] good comebacks to win."
With the win, the Gauchos improve to 2-1 in conference play and 9-10 overall on the season while UC Davis drops to 0-4 against Big West opponents and 6-11 overall.
UCSB will conclude their road trip against No. 66 Pacific on Sunday in Stockton. The Tigers were upset by Cal Poly in a 5-2 loss on Saturday and are now 2-1 in conference play. Action is set to begin against the Tigers at 2:30 PM (PST).
UCSB 4, UC Davis 3
1. Ndimande/Sultan (UCSB) def. Sherbakov/Levie (UCD) 8-6
2. Luba/Miller (UCD) def. Bouillin/Gryaznov (UCSB) 8-2
3. Riminton/Seemann (UCSB) def. Bacharach/Horowitz (UCD) 8-5
1. Mbonisi Ndimande (UCSB) def. Toki Sherbakov (UCD) 6-4, 7-5
2. Axel Bouillin (UCSB) def. Kyle Miller (UCD) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
3. Parker Kelley (UCD) def. Ziad Sultan (UCSB) 5-7, 7-6, 6-0
4. Brett Bacharach (UCD) def. Alexander Gryaznov (UCSB) 6-4, 6-4
5. Andrew Riminton (UCSB) def. Hugo Verdi-Fortin (UCD) 6-3, 7-6
6. George Horowitz (UCD) def. Jacob Johnson (UCSB) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Order of Finish: Doubles (2, 3, 1); Singles (5, 2, 4, 1, 3, 6)
UCSB SEASON RECORD: 9-10; Big West 2-1