Gauchos Lose Close Match to No. 1 USC

Jan. 23, 2010

Los Angeles, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara played a close match against the No. 1 USC Trojans on Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. Though the Gauchos performed well in their singles matches, the Trojans swept in doubles, giving them the win 4-3.

In doubles, each pair recorded their first loss of the season, making them all 2-1. Alex Konigsfeldt and Josh Finkelstein were defeated by Steve Johnson and Robert Farah 8-6. Scott Hohenstein and Evan Jurgensen fell to USC's Jason McNaughton and Daniel Nguyen 8-3. Freshmen Lucas Sudow and Benjamin Recknagel lost in a close match against Jaak Poldma and Peter Lucassen 9-8.

In singles, the first three matches went to USC. Alex Konigsfeldt put up a fight against USC's Steve Johnson, who is ranked No. 1 in the country. After Johnson took the first set 6-3, Konigsfeldt played a strong second. Although he made it close by tying the match at 4-4, Konigsfeldt eventually lost 7-5.

"It all came down to No. 1 singles," said Coach Marty Davis. "Alex made it even in the second set at 4-4 and I think it made the USC coaching staff uncomfortable. It was a lot closer than they would have liked it."

UCSB went on to win the final three singles matches. Josh Finkelstein defeated Jason McNaughton in two sets, both with scores of 6-3. Taylor Chavez-Goggin beat USC's Ben Lankenau 6-4, 6-1. Benjamin Recknagel beat USC's Daniel Gliner in a close three set match 6-1, 4-6, (10-4).

The Gauchos will have the next week off. They will continue play when they compete against BYU on February 6 in Provo, Utah.

Complete Results:

USC-4, UCSB-3

Doubles

1. Johnson and Farah def. Konigsfeldt and Finkelstein (UCSB) 8-6

2. McNaughton and Nguyen def. Hohenstein and Jurgensen (UCSB) 8-3

3. Poldma and Lucassen def. Recknagel and Sudow (UCSB) 9-8

Singles

1. Johnson def. Konigsfeldt (UCSB) 6-3, 7-5

2. Lucassen def. Hohenstein (UCSB) 6-3, 6-1

3. Nguyen def. Forget (UCSB) 6-2, 6-1

4. Finkelstein (UCSB) def. McNaughton 6-3, 6-3

5. Recknagel (UCSB) def. Glimer 6-1, 4-6, (10-4)

6. Chavez-Goggin (UCSB) def. Lankenau 6-4, 6-1

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