MALIBU, Calif. – Junior Tobias Galskov upset 9th seed Karue Sell (UCLA) in his quarterfinal match on Sunday to advance to the semifinals at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regionals, becoming the first Gaucho to do so. Senior Sasha Gryaznov also had a strong day on the courts, recording two wins to move on to the semifinals in the consolation draw on the third day of action in Malibu.
Galskov rolled past #104-ranked player, Karue Sell, in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 to reach the semifinals and has now passed former Gaucho greats Simon Shen, Carlos Palencia, and Alex Konigsfeldt in the UCSB record books. The UC Santa Barbara junior will have another tough task on Monday when he takes on USC's Yannick Hanfmann in the semifinals. Hanfmann is ranked 18th in the country and is seeded second in the tournament. Their match is scheduled for 11AM on Monday.
Senior Sasha Gryaznov added two more wins and advanced to the semifinals in the back draw. Gryaznov came back from a set down to defeat SDSU's Hendrik Jebens 1-6, 6-3, 10-5 in the Round of 16 and was victorious in straight sets against Feliz Schueller (Grand Canyon) 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. The Santa Barbara local will face Seth Stolar (UCLA) in the semifinals on Monday.
Three other Gauchos were in action on Sunday in the consolation singles bracket, but failed to advance. Junior Ziad Sultan was defeated 6-3, 6-0 by LMU's David Doehring and junior Miles Seemann dropped his match against #71-ranked Francis Alcantara of Pepperdine 6-0, 6-2. Freshman Corey Karen won the first set against Naoki Takeda (Arizona) but lost the next set and the 10-point tiebreak to be eliminated from the tournament.
In the doubles Round of 16, the Gauchos were eliminated by a trio of teams from USC. Ziad Sultan and Tobias Galskov were dropped 8-4 by #40 Roberto Quiroz/Ray Sarmiento while Sasha Gryaznov and Luke Steeb lost to Max de Vroome/Eric Johnson by an identical score. Freshman team Teague Hamilton and Erik Johnsson were defeated by Nick Crystal/Michael Grant 8-1.
The USTA/ITA Southwest Regionals continue on Monday morning at the Ralph Straus Tennis Center at Pepperdine.
USTA/ITA Men's Southwest Regional Championships at Pepperdine
October 20, 2013
UC Santa Barbara Results
Singles – Quarterfinals
Tobias Galskov (UCSB) def. #104 Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles – Round of 16
#40 Roberto Quiroz/Ray Sarmiento (USC) def. Tobias Galskov/Ziad Sultan (UCSB) 8-4
Max de Vroome/Eric Johnson (USC) def. Alexander Gryaznov/Luke Steeb (UCSB) 8-4
Nick Crystal/Michael Grant (USC) def. Teague Hamilton/Erik Johnsson (UCSB) 8-1
Singles – Consolation Bracket – Round 4
Alexander Gryaznov (UCSB) def. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) 1-6, 6-3, 10-5
David Doehring (LMU) def. Ziad Sultan (UCSB) 6-3, 6-0
Naoki Takeda (Arizona) def. Corey Karen (UCSB) 2-6, 6-0, 11-9
#71 Francis Alcantara (Pepperdine) def. Miles Seemann (UCSB) 6-0, 6-2
Singles – Consolation Bracket – Quarterfinals
Alexander Gryaznov (UCSB) def. Feliz Schueller (Grand Canyon) 6-2, 6-3