LOS ANGELES, Calif.- Following an intense battle against No. 27 Ole Miss Friday morning, Santa Barbara's season was put to rest falling 4-1 on UCLA's Sunset Canyon Courts.
Carrying a program-high 12 wins into Friday's match, the Gauchos achieved several accolades during their 19-6 overall record including their highest winning percentage at .792, a 6-0 sweep of conference play, and five players being named Big West honorable mentions.
Also clinching it's third straight Big West title, as well as NCAA Tournament appearance, Big West Coach of the Year Marty Davis and his crew have nothing to hang their heads for wrapping up a very rewarding season.
Anders Holm and Nicolas Moreno de Alboran made work of Ricardo Jorge and Zvonmir Babic edging them with a score 7-6 (2) on court 2. No. 35 Mays and Freund were unable to pull out their highly contest match on court 1, however, as Ole Miss pulled away 7-6 (2) to clinch the doubles point.
Nicolas Moreno took charge starting off singles play outing Jorge 6-3, 6-2 to put UCSB on the scoreboard.
Despite some fight in the Gauchos, having three of their matches go to tiebreakers, Santa Barbara was unable to steer themselves clear of the Rebels and get in the driver's seat.
With the Ole Miss up 3-1 after that point, the Rebels' Grey Hamilton helped pull away beating senior Teague Hamilton 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 to end the match.
The Gauchos showed grit refusing to give an inch and playing each possession as if it were their last. On courts 1 and 3, Morgan Mays and Simon Freund were up in their final sets but their matches were left unfinished due to the final score.
Despite their season coming to a close, the doubles tandem of Mays and Freund continue their run in the NCAA Tournament earning a tournament bid as a nationally ranked doubles pair. Their match will be held within the following weeks.
While it might be a bittersweet ending to an honorable 2017 campaign, the Gauchos look to build upon their success next season and make a deeper run in the NCAA Tournament.