SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara men's tennis evened up their record at 2-2 with a victory against San Diego State (3-2) on Sunday in front of a rowdy Gaucho crowd. The Gauchos clinched the doubles point for the first time this season and won four of their six singles matches en route to the 5-2 decision.
The Gauchos extended their lead to 2-0 after freshman Cody Rakela defeated the Aztecs' Marko Goles-Babic 6-3, 6-3 for his second straight victory.
After dropping a match at court 4, UCSB won the next two matches to clinch the match at 4-1. Sophomore Morgan Mays continued his dominant play with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Thorsten Bertsch at the No. 1 position. Junior Nathan Eshmade had the clinching victory in a three set battle at the No. 5 court, defeating Milen Ianakiev 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Play continued after the Gauchos won the match and UCSB went on to win another match at court 6, where sophomore Teague Hamilton beat Jonas Meinzer 6-0, 7-6 to make the score 5-2.
The Gauchos will be back in action next week when they travel to #37 University of San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 1:30 pm. On Sunday, the Gauchos will continue their road trip to face UC Irvine in their first conference match of the season. Play is set to begin at 12:00 pm on Sunday, Feb. 8.
UC Santa Barbara 5, San Diego State 2
February 1, 2015
Rob Gym Courts (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
1. Gelbrich/Jebens (SDSU) def. Galskov/Johnsson (UCSB) 6-2
2. Eshmade/Masciorini (UCSB) def. Goles-Babic/Meinzer (SDSU) 6-1
3. Mays/Riminton (UCSB) def. Bertsch/Khachatyran (SDSU) 6-4
1. Morgan Mays (UCSB) def. Thorsten Bertsch (SDSU) 6-4, 6-4
2. Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) def. Tobias Galskov (UCSB) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
3. Cody Rakela (UCSB) def. Marko Goles-Babic (SDSU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) def. Andrew Riminton (UCSB) 7-6, 6-1
5. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB) def. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
6. Teague Hamilton (UCSB) def. Jonas Meinzer (SDSU) 6-0, 7-6
UCSB Season Record: Overall (2-2); Big West (0-0)