MALIBU, Calif. - There was a high chance that the University of Southern California would sweep the 2019 ITA Southwest Regional titles on Sunday - but UC Santa Barbara co-captain Joseph Guillin stood in the way, and his 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory against Stefan Dostanic eliminated all doubt.
The Oracle/ITA Division I Men's 28th ranked player displayed his trademark fitness in securing the title, outlasting Dostanic in three sets. On Sunday morning's semifinal round, Guillin defeated USC's Mor Bulis 6-1, 6-4, but Dostanic advanced after his opponent, number 8th ranked player Daniel Cukierman, withdrew from the match. The USC freshman seemingly capitalized on his extra rest, taking the first set outright and holding serve in the match point; but Joe scored on a backhand return, then survived a long rally to walk off the Malibu courts as champion.
Guillin now looks ahead the Oracle/ITA National Fall championships in Newport Beach, California after his stellar performances on the courts at Pepperdine. He will have a couple of weeks to recover and celebrate his historical achievement within UCSB. Joe's Regional singles title is the very first in Gaucho men's tennis history, and Head Coach Marty Davis hopes this kind of success will continue onto the rest of the season.
"I am very proud of Joe...his stamina, his fitness, his drive and passion. He works hard to achieve the high goals he sets for both himself and the team," said Davis after the tournament. "Now he's got his name in another spot in the Gaucho tennis history books."