SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara improved to 3-0 in conference play on Sunday after an easy win over UC Riverside, 4-0. The Gauchos have not lost to UCR (19-13 overall, 1-3 Big West) since at least the 2002 season.
"These guys gave Cal Poly a run for their money yesterday so I thought we played really well. We have some good momentum now heading into one of our bigger matches, Cal Poly next week," Head Coach Marty Davis said.
This also marks UCSB's (12-6 overall, 3-0 Big West) ninth win in its last 11 outings since starting the year 3-4. Additionally, Santa Barbara is 6-1 at home with its lone loss coming against now No. 28 University of San Diego.
One of the good things about today's match was UCSB was able to move some guys into the lineup and rest others.
The normal No. 3 duo though, Alex Dominguez Soto and Joseph Rotheram were able to secure the doubles point with a 6-3 win on court two.
In singles, the Gauchos made quick work of the Highlanders. First, No. 93 Krustev bested his opponent 6-1, 6-3 in his debut at the No. 2 court to bounce back from his first two-match losing streak of the season. The sophomore is now 12-4 on the year.
Then, at No. 6, Saiga, who was making his first appearance in his NCAA career, managed to pick up the first win of his collegiate career with a 6-1, 6-2 win.
"I am pretty stoked for Willy. Not only did he get a chance to play but he got off the court really quickly so I thought he played super well," Davis said.
Finally, No. 56 Guillin clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-1 win on court one. The junior is now 8-6 on the year and 2-2 when playing at the top court. This is also his first finish in the last four matches so it was nice for Guillin to secure the win.
UCSB had won all the first sets on the remaining courts and was up on the remaining three in the second.
Santa Barbara is back in action against Cal Poly at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Rec Cen Courts. The winner of that match will likely decide who has the top seed heading into the Big West Tournament.