Gauchos Take Early Exit at ITA/USTA Southwest Regional Championships

Gauchos Take Early Exit at ITA/USTA Southwest Regional Championships

MALIBU, Calif. – After a promising opening day for the UC Santa Barbara Men's Tennis team, the second day marked an early exit for the players at the ITA/USTA Southwest Regional Championships. 

The day started with doubles play where all three teams that made it to the round of 32 took losses to end their run at Regionals. The team of Captain Morgan Mays and Andrew Riminton fell 8-2 to USC's Thibault Forget and Tanner Smith. The duo of Nathan Eshmade and Nicolas Moreno de Alboran had a similar experience falling 8-5 to the Trojan team of Connor Farren and Logan Smith. Finally, the new pair of Anders Holm and Cody Rakela was edged out by the seventh seeded Arizona team of Trent Botha and Naoki Takeda, 8-6.

On the singles side, Nicolas Moreno de Alboran was tested by the tournament's number one seed, No. 37 Naoki Takeda of Arizona. The freshman was able to notch a couple of games on his opponent, but eventually Takeda took the match 6-2, 6-3. Another young player in freshman Anders Holm went down in straight sets in the round of 32 as well vs a player from the host school, Pepperdine. Petr Iamachkine bested Holm by a score of 6-4, 6-2.

Senior Nathan Eshmade battled in his singles match Arizona's Harry Busby splitting the first two sets 4-6, 6-1. In the third, Eshmade stayed close but ultimately fell 4-6 again.

Morgan Mays jumped out to an early in his match, winning the first set 7-5 over the eleventh seeded Jordan Angus of San Diego. Taking a 2-6 lost in the second forced a third with the Torero player, where Mays grinded but could not come out on top. Angus would be the victor 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

A bright spot for the Gauchos on the day was the success on the Consolation side of the singles draw, where two players advanced to tomorrow's events. After dropping his first match Thursday, senior Andrew Riminton worked a three set win to make it to the round of 16. He defeated Jamie Thorp of LMU 3-6, 6-4, 10-4 and will face Joshua Page of San Diego.

Chase Masciorini will be the other Gaucho to join Riminton tomorrow in the consolation round, as he swept his opponent today in straight sets of 7-5, 6-2. He defeated San Diego State's Santiago Cevallos in straight sets. Tomorrow, Masciorini will face Connor Farren of USC and look to make it to the Quarterfinals.

Both Riminton and Masciorini will play Saturday morning at 10:15 a.m. and victories will set them up with Quarterfinal rounds at 11:45.