Gauchos Narrowly Edged by Hawaii, 4-3

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

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – With the score all tied up, the Gauchos' match against visiting Hawaii came down to court 3, where Sasha Gryaznov took on Dmytro Kovalyov in an intense three hour long battle and fell late in the tiebreaker en route to the 4-3 loss.

Junior Sasha Gryaznov was up 5-2 in the third set after climbing back from one set down and served at 5-3 but was unable to seal the victory against his counterpart from Hawaii. With Kovalyov leading 8-7 in the tiebreaker, Gryaznov double faulted to lose his match at the No. 3 position.

The shorthanded Gauchos started the day in doubles with solid results. UCSB duo Ziad Sultan/Sasha Gryaznov shutout Hawaii's Spiker/Schuster 8-0 at court 3 and the No. 2 position, Andrew Riminton/Miles Seemann dominated Schuhmann/Lam 8-1 to claim the doubles point for the Gauchos. Play at court 1 was suspended after the Gauchos jumped out to the 1-0 lead.

UCSB played without seniors Mbonisi Ndimande and Benjamin Recknagel in singles play and moved everybody up two spots from their normal lineup positions.

"When you're not playing with your top two guys, it's going to be a long day," said Head Coach Marty Davis. "I thought we did pretty well and obviously put ourselves in a position where we should win and didn't."

Even without top players, Ndimande and Recknagel, the Gauchos put up a good fight and received wins from courts 2 and 6.

Sophomore Ziad Sultan was first off the courts with a win against Jared Spiker in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 to put the Gauchos ahead, 2-0. Hawaii countered back with victories at the No. 1 and No. 4 positions. Sophomore Axel Bouillin played at court 1 for the first time this season and took the loss 6-3, 6-2. Freshman Andrew Riminton lost 7-6, 6-0 at the No. 4 position to tie the game up at 2.

Jacob Johnson posted a win at court 6 in straight sets 7-6, 6-4 to momentarily put UCSB in the lead 3-2. The Warriors tied it up shortly after, when Miles Seemann fell 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 against Nils Schuhmann at court 5.

With the loss, the Gauchos drop to 2-3 in Big West play and are now locked into 5th place in the conference standings and will most likely have a rematch with this same Hawaii team for the opening round of the Big West tournament at Indian Wells next week.

The Gauchos have one match remaining on their schedule against rivals Cal Poly on Saturday. UCSB will be saying goodbye to seniors Mbonisi Ndimande, Benjamin Recknagel, and Max Glenn on Senior Day. Action is set to begin at 1:00 PM at the Rec Cen Courts.

University of Hawaii 4, UCSB 3


1. Recknagel/Bouillin (UCSB) vs. Brooklyn/Kovalyov (HAW) 5-4 (DNF)
2. Riminton/Seemann (UCSB) def. Schuhmann/Lam (HAW) 8-1
3. Sultan/Gryaznov (UCSB) def. Spiker/Schuster (HAW) 8-0


1. Jonathan Brooklyn (HAW) def. Axel Bouillin (UCSB) 6-3, 6-2
2. Ziad Sultan (UCSB) def. Jared Spiker (HAW) 6-3, 6-1
3. Dmytro Kovalyov (HAW) def. Sasha Gryaznov (UCSB) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7)
4. Chas Okamoto (HAW) def. Andrew Riminton (UCSB) 7-6, 6-0
5. Nils Schuhmann (HAW) def. Miles Seemann (UCSB) 2-6, 6-0, 6-3
6. Jacob Johnson (UCSB) def. Danilo Casanova (HAW) 7-6, 6-4

Order of Finish: 2, 1, 4, 6, 5, 3
UCSB SEASON RECORD: 9-12; Big West 2-3