February 3, 2006

No. 69 UCSB Drops Heart-Breaking Match at No. 55 Arizona, 4-3

Feb. 3, 2006

TUCSON, Ariz. - UC Santa Barbara's No. 1 singles player, Nick Brotman, took Arizona's Roger Matalonga, the 18th-ranked player in the nation, to three sets before dropping a heart-breaking 6-3, 5-7, 6-6 (12-10) match-deciding loss on Friday. The No. 55 Wildcats topped No. 69 UCSB, 4-3.

The match started well for Arizona with the Wildcats winning the doubles point. On court 1, Matalonga and Claudio Christen won Arizona's first match, 8-5, over Gauchos Brotman and Anders Dalskov. Arizona's Bruno Alcala and Peter Zimmer teamed up to clinch the doubles point at the No. 3 position. The pair defeated UCSB's Elad Stern and Bijan Hejazi, 8-4. Jeff Groslimond and Francois VanderMerwe completed the sweep at doubles, defeating Carsten Thronstensen and Scott Hohenstein, 8-6

Groslimond was the first to claim a singles point for the Wildcats. Groslimond defeated UCSB's Stern in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. The Gauchos then got on the board with Hejazi defeating Alcala, 6-4, 6-4. Christen in the No. 3 position put the Wildcats up 3-1 by beating Thronstensen, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

UCSB reclaimed momentum with victories in the No. 5 and No. 6 positions. On court 4, Dalskov defeated Arizona's Jason Labrosse, 5-7, 6-3, 4-6. One court over VanderMerwe fell to Max Taylor, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6.

The match then came down to the No. 1 singles spot. Matalonga, ranked No. 18, easily took the first set over the Gaucho's Brotman, 6-3. Brotman then evened the match winning with the second set, 7-5. In the third set, Matalonga, down 4-5, was able to fight off five match points to hold serve and even the match at five-all in the third set. Brotman then held serve and Matalonga had to fight off two more match points to even things at six. In the tiebreaker, Matalonga faced four match points before prevailing, 12-10.

UCSB will have to overcome the difficult defeat as it travels to Tempe, Ariz., for a Saturday, Feb. 4 match against Arizona State.

No. 55 Arizona 4, No. 69 UC Santa Barbara 3
Doubles
1.   Matalonga/Christen (UA) def Brotman/Dalskov (UCSB) - 8-5
2.   Groslimond/VanderMerwe (UA) def Thronstensen/Hohenstein (UCSB) - 8-6
3.   Alcala/Zimmer (UA) def Stern/Hejazi (UCSB) - 8-4

Singles 1. No. 18 Roger Matalonga (UA) def Nick Brotman (UCSB) - 6-3, 5-7, 6-6 (12-10)* 2. Jeff Groslimond (UA) def Elad Stern (UCSB) - 6-4, 6-4 3. Claudio Christen (UA) def Carsten Thronstensen (UCSB) - 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) 4. Bijan Hejazi (UCSB) def Bruno Alcala (UA) - 6-4, 6-4 5. Anders Dalskov (UCSB) def Jason Labrosse (UA) - 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 6. Max Taylor (UCSB) def Francois VanderMerwe (UA) - 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 * Denotes Clinching Match Order of Finish: 2, 4, 3, 6, 5, 1

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