Nov. 24, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis program has signed two standouts to National Letters of Intent, head coach Marty Davis announced Tuesday.
The Gauchos have signed Sasha Gryaznov, a senior at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, Calif., and Axel Bouillin, a senior at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego. Gryaznov, who was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, is ranked 104th by Tennisrecruiting.net, while Bouillin, who was born in Lyon, France, is ranked 126th.
Gryaznov earned his No. 104 ranking by Tennisrecruiting.net despite missing the fall season following knee surgery. As a member of the Dos Pueblos team, he was the Channel League runner-up in singles in 2008 and 2009, and he is a three-time varsity MVP.
"Sasha is an all-around solid player," Davis said. "He will benefit greatly from our strength and conditioning program and has a chance to become a very good college tennis player."
Bouillin, along with his partner Gannon Nicoll, won the CIF San Diego Section Doubles Championship. He was named Avocado League MVP, First Team Division I All-CIF, First Team All-Avocado League, and All-CIF among all divisions. Bouillin was also a doubles finalist in the 107th Annual Southern California Junior Sectional Championships.
"Axel is a lefty with a very dangerous serve," Davis stated. "He has a big serve and a scary forehand. I am also excited that he has proven doubles skills."
The 2009-10 Gauchos have completed their fall schedule. Their roster includes just two seniors - Scott Hohenstein and Josh Finkelstein - to go along with four juniors, three sophomores, and three freshmen. UCSB opens its dual match season on Jan. 17 when it travels to Hawaii to face St. Mary's. The Gauchos will play at Hawaii on Jan. 18.
UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.