Galskov Highlights Gauchos’ First Day at USTA/ITA Southwest Regionals

Sasha Gryaznov (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Sasha Gryaznov (Photo by Tony Mastres)

MALIBU, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara junior Tobias Galskov had a successful first day at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regionals in Malibu on Friday, recording two wins in singles and another in doubles to advance to the Round of 32 in both draws.

Galskov, one of the six new team members added to the Gauchos this season, made quick work of his opponent, Alexander Roggenkamp (Grand Canyon) in the Round of 128, defeating him 6-1, 6-1. The junior added another singles win in the Round of 64, dispatching San Diego State's Hunter Nicholas in straight sets 6-0, 6-3. Galskov is set to face UCLA's Ryoto Tachi in the Round of 32 on Saturday.

In doubles, Galskov and partner Ziad Sultan powered past Hawaii duo Chan/Lam 8-5 to move onto the Round of 32 to face UCLA duo Tachi/Guzman.

The Gauchos' three other doubles teams in the tournament, Karen/Seemann, Gryaznov/Steeb, and Karlsson/Johnsson all earned byes into the second round and will have a chance to play in their first matches of the tournament on Saturday.

Eight other Gauchos played in singles matches on Friday. Freshman Filip Karlsson, who had a strong showing at the UCSB Classic last weekend, recorded a win over Luke Bohuslav (LMU) 6-1, 6-4 in the first round but was defeated in the Round of 64 by Nicholas Moulin (Grand Canyon) 6-2, 6-2.

Freshman Teague Hamilton and junior Ziad Sultan both earned byes into the second round of singles action but were defeated in the Round of 64. Hamilton faced nationally-ranked player #114 Thorsten Bertsch of San Diego State, losing 6-1, 6-1 and Sultan was defeated by Tyler Pham (UCI) 6-2, 6-2.

Luke Steeb, Alexander Gryaznov, Erik Johnsson, Corey Karen, and Miles Seemann all suffered losses in the Round of 128 but all eight Gauchos who lost on Friday will have a chance to play in the consolation draw, beginning on Saturday.

The tournament will continue on Saturday beginning at 8:30 AM at the Ralph Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif.

USTA/ITA Men's Southwest Regional Championships at Pepperdine
October 18, 2013

UC Santa Barbara Results

Doubles - Round of 64

Tobias Galskov/Ziad Sultan (UCSB) def. Marcel Chan/Carter Lam (University of Hawai'i) 8-5

Singles - Round of 128

Tobias Galskov (UCSB) def. Alexander Roggenkamp (Grand Canyon) 6-1, 6-1
Filip Karlsson (UCSB) def. Luke Bohuslav (LMU) 6-1, 6-4
Nick Crystal (USC) def. Luke Steeb (UCSB) 6-0, 6-1
Cristobal Rivera (LMU) def. Alexander Gryaznov (UCSB) 6-4, 6-2
Ben Donovan (Cal Poly) def. Erik Johnsson (UCSB) 6-4, 6-3
Pavel Liska (University of Hawai'i) def. Corey Karen (UCSB) 6-2, 6-2
Juan Florez (SDSU) def. Miles Seemann (UCSB) 6-3, 6-3

Singles - Round of 64

Tobias Galskov (UCSB) def. Hunter Nicholas (SDSU) 6-0, 6-3
#114 Thorsten Bertsch (SDSU) def. Teague Hamilton (UCSB) 6-1, 6-1
Tyler Pham (UCI) def. Ziad Sultan (UCSB) 6-2, 6-2
Nicholas Moulin (Grand Canyon) def. Filip Karlsson (UCSB) 6-2, 6-2