SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - With the beginning of fall tournament play right around the corner, the 2018 Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Division I Men's and Women's Preseason National Rankings were announced on Tuesday.
Two members of the UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team made the list as senior Nicolas Moreno de Alboran and junior Joseph Gullin were ranked No. 32 and No. 95, respectively. Additionally, UCSB's top pair of Moreno de Alboran and fellow senior captain Anders Holm were ranked the No. 30 doubles tandem in the country.
Because of his ranking, Moreno de Alboran has been invited to the main draw of the All-America Championships in Tulsa next month. Joining him will be Guillin who will participate in the singles qualifying and both Moreno de Alboran and Holm will play together in the doubles porition of the prestigious tournament.
Moreno de Alboran being included in the preaseason list was expected considering he was in the Top 125 all last season, however, his No. 32 status is the highest in his career and is certainly a sign for how much his game is respected across the country.
He certainly is deserving of this as last season he finished the year with an exceptional 29-11 mark including a win at the NCAA Tournament over No. 43 Alexis Garneau. Ranked No. 67 at the time, Moreno de Alboran also came within a few games of upsetting the top player at the NCAA Championships losing to No. 1 Martin Redlicki in the second round 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Moreno de Alboran was also named the Big West's Player of the Year for his wonderful performance all season long. He will also be participating in the Oracle Masters Championships in Malibu beginning September 20th. This tournament features the best players from all 29 conferences across the country.
Additionally, Moreno de Alboran and Holm were also a great duo for UCSB posting a 13-5 mark at the No. 1 court and 18-7 overall. They earned All-Big West First Team honors for their play in doubles.
For Guillin, this is the first time in his collegiate career that he has been ranked. The former Florida Gator is certainly worthy of the honor as in his first season playing with UCSB he put together a wonderful 19-2 overall mark. At one point in the year, Guillin had won 12-consecutive matches. He was also a First Team All-Big West recepient.
Without a doubt the UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team is a program on the rise and the national recognition is coming along with it. Last season, the team went undefeated in conference play yet again and came very close to knocking off top contender USC out of the NCAA Tournament in the First Round. Returning nearly all of its key contributers from last season, UCSB is certainly posied for a big push in the right direction.
UCSB 's fall tournament schedule begins soon, follow @UCSBTennis to stay updated with the players and the team throughout the fall.