LOS ANGELES, Calif.- As the final day of the 59th Annual Southern California Intercollegiate Championships approaches, one doubles duo of the UC Santa Barbara Men's Tennis team will prepare for the final round. Seniors Nathan Eshmade and Miles Seemann will look to take home the championship for the Gauchos.
The tournament run started in the qualifying round where the two seniors faced off with Roberto Luconi and Sasha Kingsley of Azusa Pacific University. To push to the main draw, the Gauchos won the match 8-5 and would face a tough opponent in the round of 16.
Awaiting Eshmade and Seemann was the second seeded team in the competition, No. 47 Max de Vroome and Jack Jaede of USC. The Gauchos capitalized on this opportunity against a ranked opponent defeating them 8-5 to move on to the quarterfinals.
The Santa Barbara duo dominated their next matchup with another team from APU in Shepherd Newcomb and Olger Van Gent. Winning 8-1, the Gauchos remained just one victory away from the championship round.
In the semi-finals, where the match format was changed to a best of three sets, Eshmade and Seemann were put up against Connor Farren and Tanner Smith of USC. Again, Santa Barbara would come out on top, sweeping the Trojan team 6-1; 6-3 on the final match of the day. Tomorrow the Gaucho duo will face their third USC team of the draw when they take on Kalman Boyd and David Laser for first place in this prestigious tournament.