SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Just four days removed from yet another road loss, this time to Arizona, the UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team will head south to face No. 36 Loyola Marymount on Saturday before quickly returning home to host unranked Boise State on Sunday.
The Gauchos (6-5) will look to avoid dropping two matches in a row being .500 on the season for the first time since starting the season 1-1. LMU (8-2) currently sports an unbeaten record at home with a 3-0 mark while Boise State (3-8), like Santa Barbara, is winless on the road at 0-3.
For UCSB, senior captain Simon Freund returned to action following a one-game abscence and was solid in both doubles and singles picking up wins in both.
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Playing on the No. 3 court for the first time this season, Freund bested Arizona's Aaro Pollanen in three sets with scores of 6-7, 6-4, 10-6. In doubles, he and his usual partner, redshirt freshman Joseph Rotheram, earned an easy 6-1 victory in their usual spot at the No. 2 court.
With Freund back in the lineup, hopefully for the foreseeable future, the Gauchos can go back to relying on the Sweden native in both doubles and singles.
Playing at the No. 2 court the past two outings for UCSB, sophomore transfer Joesph Guillin is, and has been for a while now, on fire. With nine straight wins in singles, Guillin sports the best record on the team with a 10-1 mark, with his only loss coming to USC's Laurens Verboven. The former Florida Gator has easily become the most consistent player in the Gauchos lineup and if he can keep up this high play then it will only be a matter of time before UCSB can earn the quality win it has been starving for all season.
Another key player includes, obviously, the No. 108 ranked player in the country, junior Nicolas Moreno de Alboran. Moreno de Alboran earned a huge win against Arizona defeating Trent Brotha 6-3, 6-0 win in the No. 1 court in singles to pick up his first road win of the season. For the season, the New York native is sporting a 6-4 record with all 10 matches being play at the top sport.
Junior Anders Holm will look to recover from a tough loss at the No. 4 hole in singles. The Denmark native lost 6-0, 6-3 and was the first player to lose his singles match on Tuesday. Holm has had some tough losses this season, but has usually bounced back wonderfully.
Freshman Victor Krustev will also hope to recover from a tough loss while the Gauchos will continue to try to find someone to fill in admirably at the No. 6 spot. Junior transfer Hironori Koyanagi held the spot for the longest but struggled and seems to have lost his grip on the job.
"It's going to be up for grabs for quite a while, we have a lot of good guys competing and eventually one will step up but until then we have a competition," Davis said.
Overall, this weekend is another opportunity for the Gauchos
One thing is for sure, UCSB will either eventually get over the hump and try to accomplish the goals it set for itself this season or it will fall. With the high talent level of this roster, at some point something has to give.
Santa Barbara takes on No. 36 Loyola Marymount at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10th at the LMU Tennis Center. The Gauchos will then host Boise State for a 10:30 match on Sunday, March 11th at the Rec Cen Courts.
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