TULSA, OKLA. - Three members of the UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team took the court today as junior Joseph Guillin took part in the qualifying singles draw while seniors Nicolas Moreno de Alboran and Anders Holm participated in the main draw of the doubles.
Gullin turned in a wonderful performance, advancing in the tournament, while unfortunately Moreno de Alboran/Holm was eliminated in the first round.
Starting off the day was Guillin who faced off against Texas Tech's Tommy Mylnikov who is currently ranked No. 69 in the country and was seeded No. 16 in this tournament. Guillin, ranked No. 95, knew today's match would be a tough one but with expectations as high as ever for him he knew it was also another opportunity to show what he is made of.
Guillin did just that as he defeated Mylnikov in convincing fashion winning in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. With the win, the former Florida Gator will now move on to face Texas A&M's Barnaby Smith tomorrow in the 2nd round. With another victory, he will play a third round match tomorrow.
"The best thing about Joe's win today is that he did not play his best game. He certainly could've done better but that being said he came out with the win and I could not be more happy for him," Head Coach Marty Davis said. "His confidence just keeps improving so I am excited to see how he does tomorrow.
Almost immediately after Guillin's singles win, the senior duo for UCSB took the court in the main draw of the doubles portion of the tournament. They faced Cal's Jacob Brumm and Yuta Kikuchi.
Unfortunately for the Gaucho pair, their first outing of the season did not go as planned as they lost the match 7-5, 6-1 eliminating them from contention. The first set was as close as could be but once Cal took the win in that one, they steamrolled in the second to get the win.
"The guys played as well as they could in the first but today the 50/50 balls and the match did not go their way," Davis said. "They are obviously extremely disappointed with today's loss. They just have to re-focus for the next one."
Guillin will continue his run in the tournament tomorrow while Moreno de Alboran will take part in the main draw of the singles portion of the championships on Thursday with the match to be announced.