SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team is playing on another level right now following yet another dominant performance defeating UC Irvine 7-0 for its fourth straight win of the year, the largest streak the team has held this season.
The win also marked UCSB's (12-6 overall, 2-0 Big West) 10th home victory on the season with no losses. With just one game remaining at the Rec Cen Courts in Santa Barbara, the Gauchos know their goal of being perfect at home is literally inches away.
Santa Barbara's impressive 7-0 win is also the biggest margin of victory against UC Irvine (13-10 overall, 0-2 Big West) since at least the turn of the century which is an impressive feat considering the caliber of team UCI boasts. Despite being 11-4 in their last 15, the Anteaters two early conference losses is a big disappointment.
Before the match was played, both UCSB and UCI participated in an alumni match which also saw Santa Barbara come out the victor.
The Gauchos alumni, captained by former great Mike Ortiz, defeated the Anteaters 5-1 to regain the alumni cup after losing the last two seasons.
With all that added tennis, fans were cheering loud and proud all morning until the Gauchos took the court and even the UCSB pep band came out showing its full support which was a huge factor for the 'Chos early.
As it has done the last few weeks, UCSB came out firing right away in doubles. For the eighth time in their last 10 games, the Gauchos came away with the opening point thanks to great performances at the top two courts.
Top UCSB duo consisting of juniors Anders Holm and Nicolas Moreno de Alboran won their third doubles match in their last four outings following a 6-2 win today pushing their record to 10-5. Redshirt freshman Joseph Rotheram and senior captain Simon Freund than brought home the point following a 6-3 win.
In singles, the top three courts continued their dominance with each of them earning a straight-set victory pretty early to help the Gauchos pull away early.
Sophomore transfer Joseph Guillin won his 14th game in his last 15 appearances with a 6-1, 6-2 win over UCI's Krasnov. Guillin lost both sets opening points but rallied to improve to a very impressive 15-2 mark on the season.
The No. 79 ranked player in the country also continued his dominance as Moreno de Alboran improved to 10-0 at home. The New York native took the first set rather easy