Gauchos End Weekend Series On A High Note, Sweep Denver 4-3

Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (photo by Eric Isaacs) clinched Santa Barbara's win on Sunday, taking the game-deciding match 6-3, 6-3 versus Denver's Diogo Rocha.
Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (photo by Eric Isaacs) clinched Santa Barbara's win on Sunday, taking the game-deciding match 6-3, 6-3 versus Denver's Diogo Rocha.

DENVER, Colo.- Wrapping up it's three-game road series on Sunday, the UCSB Men's Tennis team snatched another impressive victory against University of Denver with a final score of 4-3.

The Gauchos have grown accustomed to pulling out tight affairs having their last two matches, against Drake and Boise State, be decided by three points or less.

Santa Barbara extends it's win streak to five games, approaching league play with an overall record of 12-5. Denver's loss pushes the Pioneers to 8-10 on the year.

Following a 4-3 victory against Drake, the Gauchos found themselves tested once again versus a hot Denver team. The Pioneers, on a win streak of their own at three games, entered their home match with a chip on their shoulder. 

Losing the first point of the day in doubles play, no. 9 Morgan Mays and Simon Freund fell to Denver's Yannik James/Alex Gasson while Cody Rakela and Kristian Prior were topped by Pedro Fernandez and Wyatt Lovera. 

On court 3, Santa Barbara's Simon Freund evened out the score cruising past Gasson 6-1, 6-3 to put his team back in position.

Anders Holm and Cody Rakela pulled out two victories of their own with Holm taking a 6-2, 6-4 win and Rakela winning 6-1, 6-4 giving the Gauchos a 3-1 cushion.

After the Pioneers evened out the score Nicolas Moreno faced off against Rocha to end the match. With the match on the line, Moreno was able to beat out his opponent winning 6-3, 6-3 to hand the Gauchos the victory.

Up next for Santa Barbara is a conference match against UC Davis. The Gauchos head to Davis for a 1 p.m. showdown April 8th.

 

UCSB 4, Denver 3

April 2, 2017

Colorado Athletic Club Monaco

 

Doubles

1. Alex Gasson/Yannik James (DEN) def. Simon Freund/Morgan Mays (UCSB) 6-3

2. Diogo Rocha/Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN) vs. Nicolas Moreno/Anders Holm (UCSB) 6-6, unfinished

3. Wyatt Lovera/Pedro F. Del Valle (DEN) def. Cody Rakela/Kristian Prior (UCSB) 7-6

Order of finish: 1, 3

Singles 

1. Yannik James (DEN) def. Morgan Mays (UCSB) 7-6, 6-4

2. Nicolas Moreno (UCSB) def. Diogo Rocha (DEN) 6-3, 6-3

3. Simon Freund (UCSB) def. Alex Gasson (DEN) 6-1, 6-3

4. Anders Holm (UCSB) def. Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN) 6-2, 6-4

5. Cody Rakela (UCSB) def. Wyatt Lovera (DEN) 6-1, 6-4

6. Pedro F. Del Valle (DEN) def. Chase Masciorini (UCSB) 6-4, 6-3

Order of finish: 3, 4, 5, 6, 1, 2