Gauchos Set to Play Texas Tech at Palo Alto in NCAA Tournament First Round

Nicolas Moreno de Alboran
Nicolas Moreno de Alboran

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Big West Tournament champion UC Santa Barbara will face Texas Tech in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship this Friday, May 3, at Taube Family Tennis Stadium on the campus of Stanford University.

First serve for the Gauchos and Red Raiders will be 11 a.m., followed by Fresno State and No. 12 overall seed Stanford.

UCSB, the record five-time reigning conference tournament king, captured its 10th title in the last 14 years under head coach Marty Davis. The Gauchos defeated No. 4 seed UC Davis and No. 2 seed Cal Poly last week at Indian Wells Tennis Garden to extend their winning streak against Big West opponents – counting regular season and tournament matches – to 32 straight.

It was the program's 13th tourney title overall, and 12th under Davis.

UCSB is seeking its first NCAA Tournament win since defeating Oregon in the first round in 1998. UCSB (16-6) has faced Texas Tech (15-11) on one previous occasion in the NCAA Tournament, a first round 4-2 loss in 2015 at UCLA.

The winners of the two matches will square off in a second round contest on Saturday at 3 p.m.

UCSB has three nationally ranked singles players in its lineup, including No. 16 Nicolas Moreno de Alboran, No. 58 Joseph Guillin and No. 115 Victor Krustev. UCSB's doubles tandem of Anders Holm and Moreno de Alboran also are ranked No. 89 nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.