Ndimande, Recknagel Move on at ITA Regionals

Mbonisi Ndimande (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Mbonisi Ndimande (Photo by Tony Mastres)

IRVINE, Calif. - Mbonisi Ndimande and Benjamin Recknagel, the only seeded Gauchos in the ITA Regionals, won their respective matches Saturday to move on in the tournament.

Ndimande, a senior, posted a 6-4, 6-2 win in straight sets over Cal Poly's Gannon Daynes to continue on into the Round of 16 to face the eighth seeded Thibuat Visy of San Diego. Senior Benjamin Recknagel, the 15th seed, battled Jordan Bridge of Cal Poly for a 7-5, 6-2 victory and a chance to face UCLA's Marcos Giron who defeated UCSB's Sasha Gryaznov 6-3, 6-2 earlier in the day.

Sophomore Axel Bouillin, who took a tough loss to finish second in the UCSB Classic, won't have a chance to play in the ITA finals as he dropped his match to San Diego's Clarke Spinosa 6-2, 6-1.

Both Gaucho rookies, Miles Seemann and Jacob Johnson, were in action on Saturday in the consolation bracket and lost their respective matches. Miles Seemann was defeated by Max De Vroome of USC 6-2, 6-1 and Jacob Johnson lost to Hawaii's Jared Spiker 2-6, 6-1; 10-5.

UCSB didn't fare much better in doubles play as all three Gaucho pairs won their first matches of the day but then failed to reach the quarterfinals. The duo of Bouillin and Gryaznov began with a 9-7 win against SDSU's Bertsch and Nicholas but were then topped by Hardie and Mkrtchian of UCLA 8-6. Seemann and Recknagel posted a routine 8-3 victory over LMU's Northcott and Simko but couldn't defeat the fifth seeded Hanfmann and Johnson of USC. Ndimande and Ziad Sultan won 8-2 over Hawaii's pair of Okamoto and Schuhmann then lost to the third ranked Spinosa and Visy of San Diego 8-6.

Day three of the tournament continues Sunday beginning at 9 AM.

Saturday's Results:

Singles Round 3:

Benjamin Recknagel (15) – UCSB def. Jordan Bridge – CP, 7-5, 6-2
Mbonisi Ndimande (12) – UCSB def. Gannon Daynes – CP, 6-4, 6-2
Marcos Giron (5) – USC def. Sasha Gryaznov – UCSB, 6-3, 6-2
Clarke Spinosa – San Diego def. Axel Bouillin – UCSB, 6-2, 6-1

Consolation Bracket Round 3:

Max De Vroome – USC def. Miles Seemann – UCSB, 6-2, 6-1
Jared Spiker – Hawaii def. Jacob Johnson – UCSB, 2-6, 6-1, 10-5

Doubles Round 2:

Bouillin/Gryaznov – UCSB def. Bertsch/Nicholas- SDSU, 9-7
Seemann/Recknagel – UCSB def. Northcott/Simko – LMU, 8-3
Ndimande/Sultan – UCSB def. Okamoto/Schuhmann – Hawaii, 8-2

Doubles Round 3:

Hardie/Mkrtchian – UCLA def. Bouillin/Gryaznov – UCSB, 8-6
Hanfmann/Johnson (5) – USC def. Seemann/Recknagel – UCSB, 8-2
Spinosa /Visy (3) – San Diego def. Ndimande/Sultan – UCSB, 8-6