January 15, 2012

UCSB Cruises Past Gonzaga, 6-1

HONOLULU - UC Santa Barbara won five out of six singles matches as well as the doubles point to post a 6-1 win over Gonzaga on Saturday in Honolulu.  The win was the Gauchos first of the season and evens their record at 1-1.

UCSB got off the a good start, easily winning two out of three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead.  The No. 1 singles duo of Mathieu Forget and Mbonisi Ndimande pounded Olivier Jamin and Alvaro Nazal, 8-2.  At No. 3 doubles, it was Benjamin Recknagel and Ziad Sultan defeating Levin Guillermo and Muzeen Smath, 8-3.

The Gauchos were outstanding in singles, posting wins at the top five spots in the lineup and sweeps at the top four.  At No. 1, Forget topped Nazal, 6-3, 6-0.  Playing No. 2, Benjamin Recknagel made quick work of Guillermo, 6-1, 6-1, while Greg Scott won at No. 3 (6-0, 6-2 over Jamin) and Mdimande won at No. 4 (6-2, 6-2 over Vladimir Mijatovic).  Axel Bouillin defeated Scott Sullivan, 3-6, 6-3, 10-6 at No. 5.

The Bulldogs recorded their only win of the match at No. 6 singles where Zhia Hwa Chong topped UCSB's Ziad Sultan, 2-6, 7-5, 10-5.

"We were fantastics in the top four singles positions," said Gauchos' head coach Marty Davis.  "It was total doination.  The matches at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots were very, very competitive."

UCSB will play the host University of Hawai'i in its final match on the islands on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 10:00 a.m.  The Gauchos will then return home to host BYU at the Recreation Center Courts on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 1:00 p.m.

UCSB 6, Gonzaga 1

Doubles:
#1 Forget/Ndimande (UCSB) def. Jamin/Nazal (G) 8-2
#2 Sullivan/Chong (G) def. Scott/Bouillin (UCSB) 8-2
#3 Recknagel (UCSB) def. Muzeen Ismath/Guillermo (G) 8-3

Singles:
#1 Mathieu Forget (UCSB) def. Alvaro Nazal (G) 6-3,6-0
#2 Benjamin Recknagel (UCSB) def. Levin Guillermo (G)  6-1,6-1
#3 Greg Scott (UCSB) def. Olivier Jamin (G) 6-0,6-2
#4 Mbonisi Ndimande (UCSB) def. Vladimir Mijtovic (G) 6-2,6-2
#5 Axel Bouillin (UCSB) def. Scott Sullivan (G) 3-6,6-3 (10-6)
#6 Zhia Hwa Chong (G) def. Ziad Sultan (UCSB) 2-6,7-5 (10-5)

SEASON RECORD: 1-1; BIG WEST 0-0