SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara has now won four consecutive conference openers following a 4-0 win at UC Davis on Sunday afternoon. UCSB has now won four straight and seven of its last eight to pick up its 10th win of the season.
"We are playing really good tennis right now. UC Davis has had some injuries but they were competitive and they were a good match. Now, we hope we can continue riding this to another win tomorrow against nationally ranked (No. 46) Cal," Head Coach Marty Davis said.
This win also marks UCSB's (10-5 overall, 1-0 Big West) 26th consecutive Big West win, including tournament victories, dating back to the 2014-15 season when the Gauchos last conference loss was against, coincidentally, UC Davis (10-9 overall, 0-3 Big West).
Santa Barbara is in search of its fifth-straight conference crown as well as Coach Davis's 12th Big West Title.
UCSB started the day off right again in doubles play, sweeping the point with wins on court two and three. On court two, junior Joseph Guillin and sophomore Victor Krustev continue to be perfect improving to 7-0 on the year after winning their match 6-1.
Joseph Rotheram and Hironori Koyanagi sealed the point with a 6-4 win to improve to 4-2 on the year. Senior co-captains Nicolas Moreno de Alboran and Anders Holm were on their way to a win at the top court up 5-4 when the match was called.
Up 1-0, UCSB secured a shutout win thanks to wins on the No. 6, 1 and 3 courts. First, on court six, Holm continues his hot play bumping his win streak to four with a 6-0, 6-1 victory. The senior is now even in dual-match play with a 7-7 overall mark.
Speaking of hot play, Moreno de Alboran continues doing well as he is now 9-2 at the top court following a 6-1, 6-2 win. Moreno de Alboran has now won seven of his last eight matches, six of which have come at the No. 1 spot. His one loss in that time frame came against then No. 5 Thomas Laurent of Oregon University.
Up 3-0, Krustev clinched UCSB's win following a 6-4, 6-1 victory at the No. 3 court. Krustev is now a team-best 11-2 in dual-match play with all his wins coming at the three spot.
Santa Barbara was well en rout to a 7-0 victory as each player on court won the first set and were up in the second. Guillin was winning 6-4, 5-1 at court two when the match was called. Koyanagi was up 6-4, 4-1 and Rotheram was up 6-4, 3-1 when the match was called at courts four and five, respectively.
With the win, UCSB now carries momentum into a tough match against the University of Cal-Berkeley. This is the final ranked match on the Gauchos regular-season schedule, therefore, it might be the last chance for them to make a push to be a top-50 team in the country.
UCSB takes on No. 46 Cal at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 8 at the Channing Tennis Courts.