Gauchos Drown the Ducks, 6-1

Feb. 26, 2008

Santa Barbara, Calif. - The rain cleared just in time for the UC Santa Barbara men's team to get a 6-1 blowout win over the University of Oregon at the Recreational Center Courts on Sunday afternoon. The victory provided the Gauchos with their first win over a Pac-10 team in over a decade.

At the No. 2 slot in doubles, Alexander Konigsfeldt and Josh Finkelstein rolled past Oregon's Mike Myrhed and Alex Cornelisseu, 8-4. However, the loss at the No. 1 spot set the stage for a dramatic come-from-behind victory by junior Bijan Hejazi and senior Nigel Barton. After the duo was down a service break at 4-7, Hejazi and Barton came roaring back with the support of the crowd, posting a spectacular 9-8 victory to give UCSB an emotional lift and a 1-0 lead.

The Gauchos never looked back as Jack Hui, Alex Konigsfeldt and Eric Lee all posted straight set victories at the No. 4, No. 3 and No. 6 slots to seal their third straight win. Bijan Hejazi and Philip Therp rallied back from dropping their opening sets to win in three sets at No. 1 and No. 2.

"It was a great day of tennis for our guys," Davis said. "This was our second straight win against a team coming off of a ranked victory."

Before the Ducks came into Santa Barbara, they knocked off No. 63 UC Irvine 5-1 on Saturday.

Max Taylor, who has been out for three weeks with a foot injury, stepped in at the No. 5 position, but dropped a 7-6, 6-1 decision to Oregon's Mike Myrhed.

The Gauchos will take their three-game winning streak on the road this Wednesday as they will face UCLA at 1:30 p.m.

Doubles
No. 1 Verdasco/Embry def. Therp/Hui UCSB 8-5
No. 2 Konigsfeldt/Finkeistein UCSB def. Myrhed/Cornelissen 8-4
No. 3 Hejazi/Barton UCSB def. Gallardo/Wiechert 9-8

Singles
No. 1 Bijan Hejazi UCSB def. Marco Verdasco 4-6,6-3 (10-8)
No. 2 Philip Therp UCSB def. Francisco Gallardo 4-6,6-3,6-4
No. 3 Alex Konigsfeldt UCSB def. Alex Cornelissen 6-4,6-2
No. 4 Jack Hui UCSB def. Romeo Mortera 6-2,7-5
No. 5 Geoff Embry def. Max Taylor UCSB 7-6,6-1
No. 6 Eric Lee UCSB def. Mike Myrhed 6-2,6-1

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