Doubles Teams Fall; Gauchos End Run at ITA Regionals

Erik Johnsson
Erik Johnsson

MALIBU, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara doubles teams fell just short of a semifinals berth in the main draw of the ITA Southwest Regionals as both Gaucho duos lost to teams from UCLA on Sunday. Meanwhile in singles play, Tobias Galskov and Cody Rakela advanced to the semifinals in the consolation bracket before withdrawing from the tournament.

Beginning the day in doubles action, sophomores Teague Hamilton and Morgan Mays failed to record their fourth straight win in doubles as they fell against Di Giulio and Sell 8-4. The fourth seeded pairing of Ziad Sultan and Tobias Galskov also lost, dropping a close 8-6 match to Brymer and Mkrtchian of UCLA.

In the consolation singles draw, three of the seven Gauchos playing in the Round of 16 advanced to the quarterfinals.

Freshman Cody Rakela continued his strong fall play, defeating teammate Ziad Sultan 6-0, 6-2 while senior Tobias Galskov also defeated one of his teammates, dropping sophomore Erik Johnsson 6-3, 6-2. Sophomore Luke Steeb also moved on to the quarterfinals after beating UCLA's Michael Guzman 6-3, 7-5 but fell to Cal Poly's Devin Barber 6-2, 6-4 in the last eight.

Also in the quarterfinals, senior Tobias Galskov collected his second win of the day in a straight set victory against Arizona's Jason Jaruvang and joined teammate Cody Rakela in the semifinals, who advanced via the walkover. Both pulled out of the tournament to return to Santa Barbara.

The Gauchos continue their fall tournament schedule next Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the Southern California Intercollegiate in Los Angeles.

UC Santa Barbara Results
Pepperdine's Ralph Straus Tennis Center
October 19, 2014

Doubles
Quarterfinals

Di Giulio/Sell (UCLA) def. Hamilton/Mays (UC Santa Barbara) 8-4
Brymer/Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. Galskov/Sultan (UC Santa Barbara) 8-6

Singles
Consolation - Round 4

Cody Rakela (UC Santa Barbara) def. Ziad Sultan (UC Santa Barbara) 6-0, 6-2
Carter Lam (University of Hawai'i) def. Jake Johnson (UC Santa Barbara) 6-1, 7-5
Luke Steeb (UC Santa Barbara) def. Michael Guzman (UCLA) 6-3, 7-5
Tobias Galskov (UC Santa Barbara) def. Erik Johnsson (UC Santa Barbara) 6-3, 6-2
Mitch Maroscher (Grand Canyon) def. Morgan Mays (UC Santa Barbara) 6-4, 6-2

Consolation – Quarterfinals

Tobias Galskov (UCSB) def. Jason Jaruvang (Arizona) 6-0, 6-3
Cody Rakela (UCSB) def. Carter Lam (Hawai'i) Wo (pc)
Devin Barber (Cal Poly) def. Luke Steeb (UCSB) 6-2, 6-4

Complete results for the tournament can be found here.