SANTA BARBARA, Calif.- The No. 50 UCSB Men's Tennis team added another win to its undefeated conference record, defeating No. 69 UC Davis 6-1. The Gauchos sent off seniors Nathan Eshmade, Miles Seemann, Andrew Riminton with a huge match on senior day, and these three player's final contest on their home court.
Santa Barbara improves to an overall record of 14-6 and remains perfect in Big West play at 4-0 with just one opponent to face in Cal Poly. The Gauchos also end their home season with a strong record of 7-2. Davis drops to 15-5 overall and was handed its first conference loss moving the team to 2-1.
The Gauchos opened with a 1-0 lead with wins on courts two and three in the doubles round to start the match. Junior Co-Captain Morgan Mays and Riminton took a win on three defeating their opponents 6-3. Freshmen Nicolas Moreno de Alboran and Anders Holm had a 6-3 win of their own on court two to seal the doubles point for Santa Barbara.
Following the doubles round, Head Coach Marty Davis honored the senior players at center court. Eshmade, Seemann, and Riminton were greeted with a standing ovation and framed jerseys from their coach and fans.
The final score of 6-1 is not indicative of how close this match actually was throughout, as the four upper singles matches were all played to a third set decider. Playing on their own courts for the last time this season, the Gauchos managed to win three of those four matches.
Junior Co-Captain Teague Hamilton was the first off in singles play with 7-5, 6-2 sweep on court six. Hamilton remains undefeated in dual match play and improves his record to 9-0. Sophomore Cody Rakela kept his streak alive as well with a 7-5, 6-4 win on five, which marks his ninth straight win.
With their backs against the wall, the Aggies added their only win of the day on court one making the overall score 3-1 in Santa Barbara's favor.
Moreno de Alboran sealed the 4-1 win for the Gauchos with a big third set win on court two. He defeated his Aggie opponent 6-3, 5-7, 6-2. Fellow freshman Holm was the next off with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 on court four.
Mays finished the match for Santa Barbara with a win on three that gave his team a 6-1 win overall. The Co-Captain topped his opponent 6-2, 6-7, 6-4.
The Gauchos will hit the road next weekend to take on rival Cal Poly for the last match of the regular season. The Blue-Green rivalry we be renewed in San Luis Obispo Saturday, April 23rd at 2pm.
Tennis Match Results
UC Davis vs UC Santa Barbara
Apr 15, 2016 at UC Santa Barbara (Rec Cen Courts)
#50 UC Santa Barbara 6, #69 UC Davis 1
1. Adamson, Alec (UCD) def. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
2. Nicolas Moreno (UCSB) def. Wade, James (UCD) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
3. Morgan Mays (UCSB) def. Bacharach, Brett (UCD) 6-2, 6-7, 6-4
4. Anders Holm (UCSB) def. McKelvie, Bryce (UCD) 6-3, 6-7, 6-2
5. Cody Rakela (UCSB) def. Maltby, Everett (UCD) 7-5, 6-4
6. Teague Hamilton (UCSB) def. Lam, Tommy (UCD) 7-5, 6-2
1. #57 Nathan Eshmade/Miles Seemann (UCSB) vs. Levie, Adam/Adamson, Alec (UCD) 4-5, unfinished
2. Nicolas Moreno/Anders Holm (UCSB) def. Whittle, Eli/Bacharach, Brett (UCD) 6-3
3. Morgan Mays/Andrew Riminton (UCSB) def. Lam, Tommy/McKelvie, Bryce (UCD) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,5,1,2,4,3)