No. 75 Gauchos Host LMU in Season Finale Saturday

April 9, 2009

The Schedule
Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Loyola Marymount University
at the UCSB Recreation Center courts

What you Missed?
The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team (7-12 overall) will take the court for its season finale Saturday, squaring off against Loyola Marymount University at the UCSB Recreation Center courts at 1:00 p.m. The Gauchos will look to carry over last week's energy from a thrilling 4-3 victory over No. 62 San Diego.

Home Sweet Home
The Gauchos have had a tough home schedule this year dropping five of its eight attempts. In their last match at home, visiting Cal Poly edged Santa Barbara 4-3 in a match that had significant importance in the Big West standings. With the loss, the Gauchos dropped to 3-2 in the conference to place them in third place behind Pacific and UC Irvine. However, the Gauchos will be carrying over some momentum from last week's thrilling win over No. 62 San Diego, thanks in large part to Scott Hohenstein, who notched the fourth and deciding point for UCSB.

Lion Tamer
The Loyola Marymount men's tennis team will finish up their season in Santa Barbara Saturday before heading into the West Coast Conference tournament. The Lions will stumble into Santa Barbara with a lowly 5-16 overall record. In their matches away from home, LMU is 1-7, only defeating conference foe Santa Clara. In matches versus the Big West this year, the Lions are 0-3, losing to UC Riverside, Pacific and most recently UC Irvine. The LMU men will hope to end their season on a bright spot Saturday, taking the court at 1:00 p.m.

Gaucho Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to Scott Hohenstein who was named UCSB Gaucho Athlete of the Week and Big West Player of the Week. Hohenstein earned both awards after his victory at No. 3 singles snapped a 3-3 tie, giving the 74th-ranked Gauchos a 4-3 road win over No. 62 San Diego on Sunday. Hohenstein defeated Nikola Bubnic in three sets, 7-6, 5-7, 6-3 as UCSB defeated its third nationally-ranked opponent this season. In addition to his victory at No. 3 singles, Hohenstein eamed with Even Jurgensen to win at No. 2 doubles, helping the Gauchos earn the all-important doubles point over the Toreros. The Santa Barbara duo defeated Juan de Villiers and Chris Coetzee by a score of 9-7. For the week, Hohenstein was 2-1 in singles and 2-1 in doubles.