SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Gauchos began their four-game homestand with a win over visiting Boston College to improve their record to 4-4 on the season and a perfect 3-0 at home. UCSB claimed the doubles point and won four out of six singles matches to take the match 5-2.
UCSB returned home from their East Coast road trip to face Boston College in a game was that a make-up for the Gauchos' cancelled match against Cal.
Coach Marty Davis said "It worked out well for us to get a match under our belts today, to hopefully get some momentum going into tomorrow's match against San Diego State."
The Gauchos gained some of that momentum in doubles, beginning Friday's match with wins at courts 1 and 3 to clinch the doubles point. At court 3, Recknagel and Seemann paired up to defeat Thirouin and Childree 8-2. UCSB's Bouillin and Gryaznov lost 8-5 at court 2 but Ndimande and Sultan were able to take the match 8-5 at court 1 to gain the doubles point for UCSB.
Despite the doubles win, Coach Marty Davis said the team could use some "fine tuning in doubles" to compete with the ranked teams the Gauchos will face in the coming week.
The Gauchos won at courts 1, 3, 4, and 6 in singles. At court 1, senior Mbonisi Ndimande won his first match at the No.1 position with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over BC's McGinnis. Benjamin Recknagel recorded a 6-1, 6-3 win over Childree at court 3 and at court 4 Ziad Sultan defeated Wagner 6-3, 6-2. Freshman Andrew Riminton also posted a straight set win and only lost 1 game in his win over BC's Puestow at court 6.
The Gauchos' only losses were by Sasha Gryaznov and Axel Bouillin, whose matches both went to the 10-point tie-breaker. At court 5, Gryaznov won the first set 6-3 but couldn't keep the momentum going against Santa Barbara native Billy Grokenberger and lost the next set 6-4 and the tie-breaker 10-8.
Tempers flared at court 2, where sophomore Axel Bouillin was assessed a point, and then a game penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct on the court. The game penalty gave BC's Nelson the win in the second set and the two played a 10-point tie-breaker, which Nelson won 10-8.
Overall Coach Marty Davis said that the team "didn't play its best tennis today" but thinks his team will respond with a better performance tomorrow against #36 San Diego State.
The Gauchos are hoping they can keep their home undefeated streak alive when they take on #36 San Diego State at 12:00 PM (PST) on Saturday, Mar. 9 at the Rec Cen Courts.
UCSB 5, Boston College 2
1. Ndimande/Sultan (UCSB) def. Nelson/McGinnis (BC) 8-5
2. Wagner/Grokenberger (BC) def. Bouillin/Gryaznov (UCSB) 8-5
3. Recknagel/Seemann (UCSB) def. Thirouin/Childree (BC) 8-2
1. Mbonisi Ndimande (UCSB) def. Michael McGinnis (BC) 6-3, 6-2
2. Philip Nelson (BC) def. Axel Bouillin (UCSB) 4-6, 7-6, 10-8
3. Benjamin Recknagel (UCSB) def. Kyle Childree (BC) 6-1, 6-3
4. Ziad Sultan (UCSB) def. Matt Wagner (BC) 6-3, 6-2
5. Billy Grokenberger (BC) def. Sasha Gryaznov (UCSB) 3-6, 6-4, 10-8
6. Andrew Riminton (UCSB) def. Klaus Puestow (BC) 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 3, 1, 4, 5, 2
UCSB SEASON RECORD: 4-4; Big West 0-0