February 26, 2008

UCSB Hits the Road for Games at No. 6 UCLA, Cal Poly

Feb. 26, 2008

The Schedule
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 1:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UCLA Bruins
at the Los Angeles Tennis Center

Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 12:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal Poly Mustangs
at the Mustang Courts

Three Up, Three Down
The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team is coming off of a three game winning streak with big time wins over the University of Oregon and Loyola Marymount University. Both teams had won their previous match against a ranked team before dueling it out with Santa Barbara the day after. While Loyola Marymount knocked off No. 73 BYU, 4-3, Oregon topped No. 63 UC Irvine with the same score. The Gauchos started their three game winning streak in Seattle, Washington, as they edged Ball State, 4-3.

Getting Back on Track
After starting out 0-2, the Gauchos have rallied back, posting two victories at home and one on the road. Junior Bijan Hejazi and sophomore Philip Therp have led the way for the Gauchos combining for a 5-1 singles record over the span of their last three matches. Junior Alexander Konigsfeldt is also heating up as of late not having lost a match in both singles and doubles in the last three matches.

Singles Competition
The Gauchos have made significant progress in their singles play this year. In the first two matches, they combined for a meager 2-10 dual match record. Since then, UCSB has been read hot, going 15-3. Coach Marty Davis has made some significant changes in his line-up to account for the impressive come-back. Senior Jack Hui, who started the year at the No. 3 slot, was repositioned two weeks ago to account for an injury plagued Gaucho squad. Hui, now at the No. 4 spot, has won two matches since the switch. Furthermore, Davis has moved Konigsfeldt up the No. 3 slot where he has shinned. The native of Vedbaek, Denmark, is also undefeated in doubles competition mainly matching up with Josh Finkelstein at the No. 2 slot.

Tall Task
The No. 6 UCLA Bruins have been barreling through the competition as of late. Their recent victim was No. 21 Oklahoma State. The only loss for the Bruins was top ranked Virginia. The Cavaliers barely edged the Bruins, 4-3 at USTA/ITA Team Indoors. The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team has just one dual match this before this weekend. After their encounter with the heavyweight Bruins on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., the Gauchos will head back up to San Luis Obispo to take on Cal Poly in their first conference match of the year. Cal Poly is coming off of an impressive sweep of the Sonoma State Seawolves, 7-0. The Mustangs have an overall record of 5-3 while having a perfect 3-0 record at home. Santa Barbara will face Cal Poly at the Mustang Courts on Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 12:00 p.m.

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