SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara men's tennis snapped their five-match losing streak with a dominant victory at home on Sunday. The Gauchos (3-7) won the doubles point and five of six singles matches to defeat visiting Pacific (3-6) in a 6-1 decision.
UCSB found themselves on the winning side of the doubles competition for the first time in seven matches after receiving victories at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Pacific took the first doubles match at court 2 but the Gauchos countered back with an 8-6 win by UCSB pair Teague Hamilton and Andrew Riminton at court 3.
The doubles point came down to No. 1 doubles, where juniors Ziad Sultan and Tobias Galskov matched up against the Tigers' Alameh/Brand. The Gauchos served for the match at 7-6 but failed to put it away, sending the match to a tiebreaker. The UCSB duo climbed back from a 3-0 deficit in the tiebreak and finished off the match with an ace to conclude the dramatic doubles competition and clinch the doubles point for UC Santa Barbara.
"It was an exciting doubles win and obviously a big lift for us," said Head Coach Marty Davis.
The Gauchos carried the momentum through to the singles competition and took all but one singles match en route to the 6-1 triumph.
Freshman Teague Hamilton continued his winning streak at home with a victory in straight sets over Alex Hamilton 6-3, 6-4 and at No. 1 singles, junior Tobias Galskov posted another win for his team-leading seventh dual match victory in a dominating 6-1, 6-4 decision.
Junior Miles Seemann dropped Ben Mirkin, Pacific's former No. 1, at No. 6 singles 6-3, 6-1 to clinch the match for the Gauchos at 4-1.
The two teams continued play as UCSB notched two more victories to make the score 6-1.
Senior Sasha Gryaznov pulled out an impressive victory at court 3 with a 7-6, 6-2 defeat against Denis Stolyarov, who has been tough on the Gauchos in the past. Freshman Erik Johnsson came through in the lone three-setter and downed the Tigers' Miguel Diaz 7-5, 4-6, 12-10.
"It was really important for us to get on the winning side," said Davis. "Hopefully we can get on a little bit of a roll… [and] take care of business at home."
The Gauchos will continue their home stand with a match against St. John's on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and then weekend matches against Georgetown on Saturday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m. and Radford on Sunday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara 6, University of Pacific 1
March 2, 2014
Santa Barbara, Calif. (Rec Cen Courts)
1. Galskov/Sultan (UCSB) def. Alameh/Brand (PAC) 8-7
2. Verbeek/Stolyarov (PAC) def. Gryaznov/Seemann (UCSB) 8-3
3. Hamilton/Riminton (UCSB) def. Hamilton/Cederwall (PAC) 8-6
1. Tobias Galskov (UCSB) def. Sem Verbeek (PAC) 6-1, 6-4
2. Daniel Alameh (PAC) def. Ziad Sultan (UCSB) 6-1, 6-1
3. Sasha Gryaznov (UCSB) def. Denis Stolyarov (PAC) 7-6, 6-2
4. Erik Johnsson (UCSB) def. Miguel Diaz (PAC) 7-5, 4-6, 12-10
5. Teague Hamilton (UCSB) def. Alex Hamilton (PAC) 6-3, 6-4
6. Miles Seemann (UCSB) def. Ben Mirkin (PAC) 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish: Doubles (2, 3, 1); Singles (2, 5, 1, 6, 3, 4)
UCSB Season Record: 3-7; Big West 0-0