Gauchos Conclude Preseason at Kramer Invitational

Gauchos Conclude Preseason at Kramer Invitational

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -This past week, the UC Santa Barbara Men's Tennis team finished out its preseason schedule sending a few players to compete in the Kramer Club Invitational. Amongst the Gauchos competing were senior Teague Hamilton and freshmen Anders Holm, Oliver Sec, and Nicolas Moreno de Alboran.

Sec and Moreno de Alboran both had stand out tournament results as the two first-year players went 3-1 and 3-2 in singles play, respectively. Hamilton added a 2-1 record in his play and Holm was able to grab a victory in his three matches.

Sec had a very impressive week as not only did he post a great record, but most of his match victories came in straight sets. In his first match he even managed to only forfeit two games to Pepperdine's Scotland Garapedian winning 6-0, 6-2.

His second win came over a Big West opponent, whom the Gauchos will see later in the dual meet season. Sec topped rival Cal Poly's Joshua Ortilio 6-3, 6-4. The next day he followed with a win over Kawika Lan of Washington 5-7, 6-4 (10-8).

Sec's only defeat of the weekend came at the hands of a ranked opponent. No. 67 Samm Butler, of SMU, was challenged by the young Gaucho but ultimately took a 7-6, 6-2 win.

Moreno de Alboran had a very hot start to the tournament with his three wins coming in his first three matches, before dropping the final two. He was able to put down his opponents in straight sets each time.

He defeated two Pac-12 opponents in UCLA's Joe DiGiulio (7-6, 6-2) and Washington's Piers Foley (6-3, 6-3) to work through the first round, and then topped Nathaniel Lammons (6-3, 6-2) of SMU for his final win of the tournament and the preseason.

Hamilton fell in his first match of the week but answered with two solid victories over regional opponents. He defeated Max Cressy of UCLA by a score of 6-3, 6-4 and finished out the invitational beating a conference foe in Cal Poly's Axel Damiens 6-2, 4-6 (10-6).
 
Holm added a tight victory in his last match of the tournament against Stanford's Trey Strobel. He defeated the Cardinal player 6-3, 3-6 (10-6).
 
On the doubles side, the Gauchos worked out a new duo of freshmen Moreno de Alboran and Sec. The two young players split their two matches winning the first 8-6 over a pair from Washington and falling in the next round to a UCLA team 8-4.
 
The Gauchos will be back in action at the start of the duel match season in January.