Gauchos Lose in Narrow 4-3 Decision against Fresno State
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – For the fifth time in eight matches this season, the Gauchos (2-6) finished their match in a 4-3 decision, and for the third time, they were on the losing side. UCSB dropped the doubles point and split their singles matches en route to a close 4-3 loss against visiting Fresno State (4-7) in a foggy Sunday afternoon at the Rec Cen Courts.
The Gauchos lost the doubles point for the sixth consecutive time this season but were able to win a match at No. 2 doubles to avoid a doubles sweep. UCSB duo Tobias Galskov and Miles Seemann, who both had a strong day on the courts, dominated the Bulldogs' MacNeil/Vakouftsis in an 8-3 decision.
"We had one good doubles match, so I guess you could say that's a step in the right direction," said Head Coach Marty Davis, but added, "doubles is a huge issue, especially when you're losing a lot of matches 4-3."
The Gauchos received huge performances by #108 Tobias Galskov, Teague Hamilton, and Miles Seemann in the loss.
Freshman Teague Hamilton posted a dominating straight sets win at No. 5 singles against John Darmstaedter 6-3, 6-1 and junior Miles Seemann added an impressive victory over Ethan Lopez 6-4, 6-1 at court 5 in his singles debut this season.
"Teague played the best match of his Gaucho career so far and Miles had a nice debut," stated Marty Davis.
Junior Tobias Galskov again won in comeback fashion to collect his fifth dual victory of the season and cut the Bulldogs lead to one with his win. Galskov was down a set before easing to a 6-2 second set win. The junior transfer found himself down 5-4 in the third set before breaking serve and eventually taking the tiebreaker to defeat Fresno State's Sai Kartik Nakireddi 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 at No. 1 singles.
"I was really proud of Toby's effort," said Marty Davis. "I feel like we wasted a heroic performance by Tobias," adding that the match was, "hugely disappointing overall."
The Gauchos were down 3-0 to start the match but Hamilton and Galskov's wins at No. 1 and No. 5 singles pulled UCSB to within one at 3-2.
Freshman Erik Johnsson lost in the clinching match for Fresno State at No. 4 singles as Nikolas Papic won the late break against Johnsson in the second set to seal the victory for the Bulldogs.
Next up for the Gauchos in their season-high, 10-match home stand are visiting Nevada (5-1, 0-1 MW) and former Big West foes, Pacific.
First serve on Friday is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., although the date is subject to change due to forecasts of rain. The Gauchos match against Pacific is set for Sunday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m.
Fresno State 4, UCSB 3
February 23, 2014
Santa Barbara, Calif. (Rec Cen Courts)
1. Kartik Nakireddi/Darmstaedter (FS) def. Sultan/Gryaznov (UCSB) 8-2
2. Galskov/Seemann (UCSB) def. MacNeil/Vakouftsis (FS) 8-3
3. Lopez/Papic (FS) def. Hamilton/Johnsson (UCSB) 8-4
1. #108 Tobias Galskov (UCSB) def. Sai Kartik Nakireddi (FS) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6
2. Sam MacNeil (FS) def. Ziad Sultan (UCSB) 6-2, 6-1
3. Eric Komati (FS) def. Sasha Gryaznov (UCSB) 7-5, 6-1
4. Nikolas Papic (FS) def. Erik Johnsson (UCSB) 6-2, 7-5
5. Teague Hamilton (UCSB) def. John Darmstaedter (FS) 6-3, 6-1
6. Miles Seemann (UCSB) def. Ethan Lopez (FS) 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish: Singles (2, 3, 5, 1, 4, 6)
UCSB Season Record: 2-6