Gauchos Host Key Big West Match against Hawaii, Wednesday

Benjamin Recknagel (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Benjamin Recknagel (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Gauchos (2-2) are returning home to the Rec Cen Courts, where they have a strong 6-3 record, to face Hawaii in an important Big West matchup.

The Gauchos currently occupy the fifth spot in the conference standings and are looking to improve their record ahead of the Big West tournament Apr. 25-28 in Indian Wells.

The Gauchos split their games on the road against UC Davis and No. 66 Pacific over the weekend to even their record at 2-2. UCSB downed the Aggies 4-3 after winning doubles and three of the six singles matches en route to the victory. Playing without a couple of top players, No. 2 Benjamin Recknagel and No. 3 Axel Bouillin, the Gauchos fought hard against the conference-leading No. 66 Pacific squad but were edged in doubles in a tiebreaker and lost three more singles matches in the 4-1 loss.

With a banged-up squad, the Gauchos will take on visiting Hawaii on Wednesday. The Warriors played Cal Poly on Tuesday afternoon and lost in a close 4-3 battle to the league-leading Mustangs (4-1), who the Gauchos will host on Saturday.  Hawaii's record fell to 3-2 in Big West play and the Warriors moved into third place in the conference standings.  Hawaii is 6-11 overall on the dual match season, including a 2-5 record on the road.

Action is set to begin against the Warriors on Wednesday at the Rec Cen Courts, starting at 1:30 PM.