Gauchos Lose Heartbreaker to No. 41 Fresno State, 4-3

April 3, 2011

Fresno Calif - The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team was on the wrong end of a thrilling finish for the second time in as many days, falling to No. 41 Fresno State, 4-3, at the Wathen Tennis Center in Fresno.

Alex Konigsfeldt and No. 115-ranked Remi Boutillier were locked in a tight match at No. 2 singles, with the overall score tied at 3-3. Boutiellier came out strong, taking the first set 6-1, but Konigsfeldt dominated the latter stages of the second set winning via tiebreaker 7-5 before losing the third set 6-3, giving Fresno State a 4-3 win.

In other singles action, Benjamin Recknagel continued his strong play at court No. 1 defeating Rikus de Villiers 6-1, 6-2. At No. 5 singles Max Glenn defeated Siddharth Alapati 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 and Philip Therp took down David Ayoun at court No. 6 winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. Taylor Chavez-Goggin and Mathieu Forget were defeated in straight sets at courts No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.

The Gauchos were swept in doubles play and have not secured the doubles point in a match since their March, 21 bout against Eastern Washington.

Up next for the Gauchos is a match against UT Arlington Saturday, April 9 in Arlington, Texas beginning at noon.

Complete results listed below:

No. 41 Fresno State 4 UC Santa Barbara 3

Wathen Tennis Center, Fresno, Calif.

Doubles

1. No. 17 Boutillier/De Villiers (FS) def. Konigsfeldt/Chavez-Goggin (UCSB), 8-3

2. Alcantara/Diame (FS) def. Recknagel/Forget (UCSB), 8-4

3. Alapati/Ayoun (FS) def. Therp/Jurgensen, 8-7 (9-7)

Order of Finish: 2, 1*, 3

Singles

1. Benjamin Recknagel (UCSB) def. Rikus de Villiers (FS), 6-1, 6-2

2. No. 115 Remi Boutillier (FS) def. Alex Konigsfeldt (UCSB), 1-6, 7-5, 6-3

3. Francis Alcantara (FS) def. Mathieu Forget (UCSB), 6-2, 6-1

4. Jean-Charles Diame (FS) def. Taylor Chavez-Goggin (UCSB), 6-4, 6-3

5. Max Glenn (UCSB) def. Siddharth Alapati (FS), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

6. Philip Therp (UCSB) def. David Ayoun (FS), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

Order of Finish: 3, 4, 1, 6, 5, 2*

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