Injury-Depleted Gauchos Drop Pair of Weekend Matches in Oregon

Injury-Depleted Gauchos Drop Pair of Weekend Matches in Oregon

Feb. 11, 2007

EUGENE, Ore. - The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team, already dragging after an early Saturday morning flight following tough match against No. 18 Boise State on Friday afternoon, was forced to play without two injured starters in a 6-1 loss to Portland on Saturday and without three starters in a 5-2 loss to Oregon on Sunday. Both matches were played in Eugene, Ore.

In Saturday's loss to the Pilots, the Gauchos played without their regular No. 3 player Philip Therp and their regular No. 5 player Elad Stern. On Sunday against the Ducks, they added Jack Hui, their regular No. 2 to the list.

In the match against Portland, UCSB was swept in doubles and won just one singles match. Hui, who did not play on Sunday, defeated Alex Strom 6-1, 6-7, 10-7. Anders Dalskov, who normally plays No. 4, was elevated to No. 3 and dropped a tough 3-6, 7-6, 10-5 decision to Colby Jager.

In the match against Oregon, though Bijan Hejazi and Max Taylor lost 8-5 to Geoff Embry and Alexander Cornelissen at No. 1 doubles, UCSB won the doubles point. At No. 2, Anders Dalskov and Grant Robertson topped Marcos Verdasco and Francisco Gallardo 8-5 and at No. 3, it was Josh Finkelstein and Nigel Barton easing past Mike Myrhed and Stephen Wiechert, 8-3.

The Ducks, however, won five of six singles matchers. Only Hejazi, playing No. 1, posted a win. He swept Verdasco by a score of 6-4, 6-3. Dalskov, who played No. 2, lost another tough one, 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3 to Cornelissen.

The two losses in Eugene drops the Gauchos to 1-4 on the season. They return to the courts on Saturday, Feb. 17, when they travel to Berkeley for a 1:00 p.m. match against Cal.

Portland 6, UC Santa Barbara 1 (Feb. 10)
No. 1: Filip Zivkovic/Colby Jager (UP) def. Jack Hui/Anders Dalskov (UCSB) 8-6
No. 2: Alex Strom/Charlie Yemm (UP) def. Bijan Hejazi/Max Taylor (UCSB) 8-4
No.3: Joel Kincaid/Even Schleining (UP) def. Josh Finkelstein/Grant Robertson (UCSB) 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
No. 1: Filip Zivkovic (UP) def. Bijan Hejazi (UCSB) 7-6, 6-1
No. 2: Jack Hui (UCSB) def. Alex Strom (UP) 6-1, 6-7, 10-7
No. 3: Colby Jager (UP) def. Anders Dalskov (UCSB) 3-6, 7-6, 10-5
No. 4: Joel Kincaid (UP) def. Max Taylor (UCSB) 6-1, 6-3
No. 5: Charlie Yemm (UP) def. Josh Finkelstein (UCSB) 6-2, 6-3
No. 6: Evan Schleining (UP) def. Nigel Barton (UCSB) 6-4, 6-3
Order of finish: 6, 1, 5, 4, 2, 3

Oregon 5, UCSB 2 (Feb. 11) Doubles: No. 1: Geoff Embry/Alexander Cornelissen (Oregon) def. Bijan Hejazi/Max Taylor (UCSB), 8-5 No. 2: Anders Dalskov/Grant Robertson (UCSB) def. Marcos Verdasco/ Francisco Gallardo (Oregon) , 8-5 No. 3: Josh Finkelstein/Nigel Barton (UCSB) def. Mike Myrhed/Stephen Wiechert (Oregon), 8-3 Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

Singles: No. 1: Bijan Hejazi (UCSB) def. Marcos Verdasco (Oregon) 6-4, 6-3 No. 2: Alexander Cornelissen (Oregon) def. Anders Dalskov (UCSB), 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3 No. 3: Francisco Gallardo (Oregon) def. Max Taylor (UCSB), 7-5, 6-0 No. 4: Geoff Embry (Oregon) def. Josh Finkelstein (UCSB), 7-6(4), 6-2 No. 5: Mike Myrhed (Oregon) def. Grant Robertson (UCSB), 6-2, 6-4 No. 6: Eric Pickard (Oregon) def. Nigel Barton (UCSB), 6-3, 6-2 Order of finish: 6, 5, 3, 1, 4, 2