ATHENS, Ga. - The UC Santa Barbara doubles team of Morgan Mays and Simon Freund battled hard but in the end third-seeded Alfredo Perez and Johannes Ingildsen of the University of Florida were just too much and the gauchos fell in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championship on Friday, 4-6, 6-3, 10-7.
Mays and Freund, ranked 35th nationally, jumped out of the gates quickly with a win in the first set. Tied at 4-4, the Gaucho tandem broke Perez and Ingildsen to take the lead and then held serve to close out the set.
Florida's duo rebounded in the second set, scoring the last three points to break a 3-3 tie and force the third set.
"At 3-3 in the second set, we lost back-to-back 'deciding' points," said head coach Marty Davis. "That was the difference in the match."
After falling behind 8-3 in the tiebreaking third set, Mays and Freund fought back to make it 8-7, but the Gators scored the final three points for the win.
"This was a really tough loss," Davis said. "The guys played well and had a great chance up a set and a break point opportunity at 3-3 in second set. We had a bad start in match tie break but it was a great effort to bring it back to 7-8."
The defeat ends the UCSB career of Mays, the team captain and Big West Conference Player of the Year. After transferring from Wake Forest after his freshman season, Mays had a stellar career as a Gaucho, helping the program to three consecutive Big West titles and NCAA Tournament bids. Along with Freund, he became the first UCSB doubles team to advance to the NCAA Tournament since 1992.
Freund, a junior transfer from LSU, will return for his senior season in 2017-18.