ORLANDO, Fla. - Senior co-captains Nicolas Moreno de Alboran and Anders Holm made program history on Tuesday, becoming the first pair in UC Santa Barbara men's tennis history to win a round at the NCAA Doubles Championships at the Division I level after defeating Ohio State's Martin Joyce and Hunter Tubert, ranked No. 13, 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8).
"I am absolutely delighted for them. They continue to work hard and show why they belong here. One thing Nic and Anders have over everyone, i think, is that they've played well over 100 matches together. They know each other's movement and play well together and that all came together today," Head Coach Marty Davis said.
The senior couplet is on a roll winning 10 of their last 11. As for junior Joseph Guillin, his tournament run is over after being bounced in the second round of the singles portion following a straight-set loss.
For Moreno de Alboran and Holm, serving was key for them in today's win. Both seniors managed to hold serve, especially in the first set, and that is what allowed them to jump out and take a 6-3 win in the first.
OSU's pair bounced back in the second, but again with backs against the wall, Moreno de Alboran/Holm stepped up and managed to take the win and make history.
"They really just played outstanding today. I told them holding serve would be key and they did that. They are in sync right now and they are dangerous," Davis said.
The senior pairing is just the second during Marty Davis' tenure that has made it to the NCAA doubles portion of the tournament. They are also just the third pair since the 1990s and the fifth since the '70s to make an appearance.
They will be playing the winner of Columbia's Lin/Matheson or Tennesse's 5-8 seeded Stodder/Touliatos.
For Guillin, the junior struggled today. He was unable to hold serve on during a good amount of the day resulting in a 3-6, 1-6 loss to Mississippi State's Giovanni Oradini ranked No. 61.
The junior ends the season 24-12 overall and 7-6 against nationally ranked opponents. He has amassed a career record of 43-14 as a Gaucho and will be expected to be a key contributor as he returns next season.
"It was disappointing seeing Joe lose, he didn't play his best tennis today, but he has one more year," Davis said. "It is great knowing we have a legitimate No. 1 coming back and I think he could only improve. Without a doubt, his serve has to get better and he will be a huge force to be reckoned with."
When talking about the program continuing trending in the right direction, today is another perfect example. Most years an appearance was a win for UCSB but now, these Gauchos are getting used to picking up wins. And those that are still alive, aren't done yet, no matter who they play.
"These types of win are great for the record book and this program but I am not shocked. I believe in the talent we have here and I am just happy to see them showcasing it," Davis said.
Moreno de Alboran will take on the winner of Columbia's Lin/Matheson or Tennesse's 5-8 seeded Stodder/Touliatos with the time to be announced later. This article will be updated once the results are in.