LOS ANGELES, Calif.- Friday afternoon the No. 51 UCSB Men's Tennis team took its second straight loss with a score differential of just one. The Gauchos fell 4-3 to Loyola Marymount in match that ended with two three-set matches.
The Gauchos now hold a record of 9-6 overall and are 5-3 when playing on the road. Santa Barbara will now return to play four straight home matches and will only play two road matches through the rest of dual meet season.
UCSB opened winning another doubles point that was played until the final match. The No. 34 senior duo of Miles Seemann and Nathan Eshmade was the first team off the courts taking a 6-2 win on court one over Joat Farah and Errol Smith. With this win Eshmade and Miles extend their unbeaten streak to 10 matches and have registered eight wins over that time.
The Lions evened the round with 6-4 win on court two, and the team of junior co-captain Morgan Mays and senior Andrew Riminton would look to seal the point on court three. The two veteran players defeated LMU's Bohuslav and Moenter 6-4 to put the Gauchos up 1-0 heading into singles play.
Santa Barbara continued its success early in the singles round taking two of the first three matches. Sophomore Cody Rakela defeated Bohuslav on court five losing just three games with straight sets of 6-1, 6-2. After dropping a match on six, Eshmade put the Gauchos up 3-1 with a win on court one. The senior defeated Charles Boyce 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.
Despite trailing, LMU took the next point with on court four and the final two matches came down to the third set. After dropping his first set 6-1, freshman Nicolas Moreno de Abloran forced a final set against Cristobal Rivera with a 6-4 win in the second. Rivera would battle back from two match-points to take a third set victory in a tiebreaker 7-6(8-6).
Mays forced a third set against Smith with a 6-1 win in the second. With the match tied at 3-3 just following the match on court two, Smith took a 7-5 win to give the Lions their seventh win of the season.
The Gauchos will head home for match with Denver on Sunday at 11:00am on the Rec Cen Courts.