No. 60 UCSB Looks to Turn it Around Against Oregon, No. 41 New Mexico

Feb. 4, 2009

The Schedule
Friday, February 6, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.
No. 60 UC Santa Barbara vs. University of Oregon Ducks
at the Student Tennis Center in Eugene, Oregon

Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.
No. 60 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 41 University of New Mexico Lobos
at the Student Tennis Center in Eugene, Oregon

Rough Start
The No. 60 UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team has not fared well against ranked opponents so far this year. In the Gauchos first match of the season, they dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 37 Boise State. Last week, the men of blue and yellow were overmatched at the NCAA National Team Indoor tournament in Austin, Texas, where they faced two other ranked teams. The Gauchos came up empty handed against No. 2 Texas, losing 4-0, and then falling to No. 28 South Florida, 5-2, the following day. UCSB looks to shake off their rough start this Friday as they clash with No. 69 Oregon.

Despite starting the season with a three game skid, the Gauchos have been slowly ascending in the national rankings. They started the season at No. 62 in the nation and have climbed up one spot each week. How you might ask? UCSB has only lost to three opponents, all of whom are ranked higher in the national rankings. However, the Gauchos will not be able to afford another loss this weekend if they wish to stand in the midst of the top 75 teams in the nation.

Sitting Ducks
Historically, the Gauchos have not matched up well on the Ducks home pond, most recently dropping a 5-2 decision in 2007. This year, the Ducks maintain a 5-1 dual match record, while only losing to No. 37 Boise State. Since the loss, Oregon has been on a tear, outscoring their last three opponents 16-5. Now, the Ducks look to add one more victim to their win column as they take the courts against the Gauchos at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

No. 41 vs. No. 60
The University of New Mexico tennis team holds a 3-1 record going into Saturday's match against Santa Barbara. Like the Gauchos, the Lobos have started the season with a tough schedule. In the last three weeks, New Mexico has notched wins against No. 44 Indiana, No. 75 Texas A&M and most recently No. 65 Stetson. The only loss of the season came by a 4-3 decision at the hands of No. 30 Virginia Tech. Much of the help has come from No. 86 Graeme Kassautzki who has collected three wins in singles play already. Another reason for the Lobos' success is due in part to their doubles play. New Mexico has taken all four doubles points in their matches thus far and will look for an early edge against the Gauchos on Saturday evening.

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