UCSB Completes Regular Season With 4-3 Marathon Loss at SDSU

Benjamin Recknagel

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The No. 57 UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team battled No. 61 San Diego State in its final regular season match of the 2012 season.  The Gauchos battled, and battled, and battled...

Ultimately, UCSB dropped a 4-3 decision to the Aztecs.  The regular season finale lasted five hours and 22 minutes.  That's FIVE HOURS and 22 MINUTES! The decider came at No. 6 when Max Glenn lost a thrilling decision to Juan Florez, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8).

"That was a great college tennis match," said Gauchos head coach Marty Davis.  "This was really special, win or lose."

UCSB (13-9) dropped the doubles point to SDSU (15-7) and then things got interesting.

At the No. 1 singles slot, Mathieu Forget, ranked 118th nationally, defeated the Aztecs' Javier Plgar, who is No. 109,   6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2.  At No. 2, Benjamin Recknagel recorded one of the few easy wins with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Derek Siddiqui.

San Diego State won at No. 3, but the Gauchos Ziad Sultan topped Freddy Gelbrich at No. 4, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.  The Aztecs logged wins at No. 5 and No. 6 to clinch the team win.  Thorsten Bertsch topped Mbonisi Ndimande at No. 5, setting the table for Florez's win over Glenn at No. 6.

UCSB will play in the Big West Tournament at Indian Wells, Calif.,  from April 27-29.  The Gauchos are expected to be the No. 2 seed in the tournament and should contend for their first NCAA Tournament berth in three years.

DOUBLES
1. Javier Pulgar / Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) def. Mathieu Forget / Benjamin Recknagel (UCSB) --- 9-7
2. Mbonisi Ndimande / Alex Johnson (UCSB) def. Thorsten Bertsch / Derek Siddiqui (SDSU) --- 8-6
3. Hunter Nicholas / Rickey Baylon (SDSU) def. Ziad Sultan / Alexander Gryaznov (UCSB) --- 8-2

Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1 

SINGLES
1. No. 118 Mathieu Forget (UCSB) def. No. 109 Javier Pulgar (SDSU) --- 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2
2. Benjamin Recknagel (UCSB) def. Derek Siddiqui (SDSU) --- 7-5, 6-2
3. Thorsten Bertsch (SDSU) def. Mbonisi Ndimande (UCSB) --- 6-3, 6-0
4. Ziad Sultan (UCSB) def. Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) --- 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
5. Hunter Nicholas (SDSU) def. Alexander Gryaznov (UCSB) --- 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
6. Juan Florez (SDSU) def. Max Glenn (UCSB) --- 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8)

Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1, 5, 4, 6