No. 62 Gauchos Edged at No. 69 Oregon, 4-3

EUGENE, Ore. – The 62nd-ranked UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team lost a heartbreaking match at No. 69 Oregon on Saturday, 4-3.

The Gauchos split the six singles matches but couldn't muster the tennis point.

"We battled hard, but ultimately losing the doubles point was critical," said UCSB head coach Marty Davis.  "I thought we did a nice job fighting back in the singles matches."

The Gauchos No. 1 singles player, Benjamin Recknagel,  struggled in a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Alex Rovello.. 

At No. 2, Mathieu Forget continued his outstanding season with a 6-4, 7-5 sweep of Jeff Mullen. 

UCSB's other wins came at No. 5 and No. 6.  Mbonisi Ndiamonde split the first two sets with the Ducks' Jose Izquerdo, 7-6, 2-6, and then blasted him 10-1 in the third set.  At No. 6, Ziad Sultan bounced back to beat Aaron Clissold in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

The loss drops the Gauchos to 4-3 overall while Oregon improves to 5-0.  UCSB remains in the Pacific Northwest to play at the University of Washington on Sunday afternoon at noon.

#69 Oregon 4, #62 UCSB 3
Singles competition
1. ROVELLO, Alex (ORE) def. RECKNAGEL, Benjamin (UCSB) 6-0, 6-1
2. FORGET, Mathieu (UCSB) def. MULLEN, Jeff (ORE) 6-4, 7-5
3. CAMBIER, Robin (ORE) def. SCOTT, Greg (UCSB) 6-2, 7-6
4. SARDU, Daniel (ORE) def. BOUILLIN, AXEL (UCSB) 6-2, 7-6
5. NDIAMONDE, Mbonisi (UCSB) def. IZQUIERDO, Jose (ORE) 7-6, 2-6, 10-1
6. SULTAN, Ziad (UCSB) def. CLISSOLD, Aaron (ORE) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. CAMBIER, Robin/MULLEN, Jeff (ORE) def. FORGET, Mathieu/NDIAMONDE, Mbonisi (UCSB) 8-6
2. ROVELLO, Alex/IZQUIERDO, Jose (ORE) def. BOUILLIN, AXEL/SCOTT, Greg (UCSB) 8-4
3. SARDU, Daniel/CLISSOLD, Aaron (ORE) def. RECKNAGEL, Benjamin/SULTAN, Ziad (UCSB) 8-3

Match Notes:
UCSB 4-3; National ranking #62
Oregon 5-0; National ranking #69
Doubles Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
Singles Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6