No. 66 UCSB Falls at No. 41 Denver, 5-2

Morgan Mays
Morgan Mays

DENVER, Colo. – The 66th-ranked UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team had its three-match winning streak ended at No. 41 Denver, 5-2.

The Gauchos (6-7), who were coming off of a 7-0 victory at Northern Colorado, dropped the doubles point and then fell in four of the six singles matches against the Pioneers (10-6). Santa Barbara actually had four match points at No. 1 doubles before Tobias Galskov and Ziad Sultan dropped a 7-6 decision to the nation's No. 32 doubles team, Henry Craig and Alex Gasson.

UCSB's wins came from Morgan Mays at No. 4 and Erik Johnsson at No. 6. Mays needed three sets to come back and defeat Denver's Yannik James, 6-7, 7-3, 6-4. Johnsson was the team's first winner on the afternoon as he swept Wyatt Lovera, 6-4, 7-6.

The Gauchos were close in two other matches. Cody Rakela dropped a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 decision to Alex Gasson, while Diogo Rocha edged Nathan Eshmade, 3-6, 7-6, 12-10.

"This was a much closer match than the score indicates and we had our chances," said head coach Marty Davis. "Nathan (Eshmade) served for the match No. 2, and we had our chances in doubles and squandered that point. Overall, I am very disappointed."

UCSB will complete its spring break road trip on Saturday, Mar. 26 when travels to Boise State for a match that will start at 10:00 a.m. (PDT).

#1 SINGLES

   1  

  2  

  3  

   Notes

GALSKOV, Tobias, UC Santa Barbara

   2

  4

 

   Order of finish: 2

CRAIG, Henry, Denver Pioneers

   6

  6

   

#2 SINGLES

  1  

  2  

  3  

   Notes

ESHMADE, Nathan, UC Santa Barbara

  6

  6

  10

   Order of finish: 6

ROCHA, Diogo, Denver Pioneers

  3

  7

  12

 

#3 SINGLES

         1  

  2  

  3  

   Notes

RAKELA, Cody, UC Santa Barbara

         3

  6

  2

   Order of finish: 3

GASSON, Alex, Denver Pioneers

         6

  2

  6

 

#4 SINGLES

         1  

  2  

  3  

   Notes

MAYS, Morgan, UC Santa Barbara

         6 

  6

  6

   Order of finish: 5

JAMES, Yannik, Denver Pioneers

         7

  3

  4

 

#5 SINGLES

  1  

  2  

  3  

   Notes

HAMILTON, Teague, UC Santa Barbara

  2

  4

 

   Order of finish: 1

FOX, David, Denver Pioneers

  6

  6

   

#6 SINGLES

       1  

  2  

  3  

   Notes

JOHNSSON, Erik, UC Santa Barbara

       6

  7

 

   Order of finish: 4

LOVERA, Wyatt, Denver Pioneers

       4

  6

   

 

#1 DOUBLES

       1  

  2  

  3  

   Notes

GALSKOV, Tobias/SULTAN, Ziad, UC Santa Barbara

       6

   

   Order of finish: 2

#32 CRAIG, Henry/GASSON, Alex, Denver Pioneers

       7

     

#2 DOUBLES

  1  

  2  

  3  

   Notes

ESHMADE, Nathan/JOHNSSON, Erik, UC Santa Barbara

  6

     

ROCHA, Diogo/JAMES, Yannik, Denver Pioneers

  6

     

#3 DOUBLES

    1  

  2  

  3  

   Notes

MAYS, Morgan/RIMINTON, Andrew, UC Santa Barbara

    5

   

   Order of finish: 1

FOX, David/FRYER, Zach, Denver Pioneers

    7