SURPRISE, Ariz. - UC Santa Barbara's senior ace Nicolas Moreno de Alboran and junior Joseph Guillin both won their opening round matches today at the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships advancing to the round of 32.
Seeded eighth, Moreno de Alboran faced off against Dartmouth's Charlie Broom. Moreno de Alboran won the first set fairly easy 6-3 and looked as though he would be taking a straight-set win as he had multiple match points in the second set tiebreaker that Broom would eventually win 7-6 (6).
Moreno de Alboran hung in there though and ended up taking the final set 6-3 as well to advance to the Round of 32 where he will face Ryan Goetz of Virginia. Goetz is coming off a win against Stanford's Sameer Kumar.
As for Guillin, he faced off against Frederic Duran, the reigning NAIA champ, of Georgia Gwinnett. At the start, Guillin had a very tough time putting away Duran as the first set went to a tiebreak. Fortunately, the former Florida Gator was able to win the tiebreak 7-6.
After that, Guillin kept the good times rolling blanking Duran 6-0 in the second set to take the straight-set win. With the victory, Guillin will now face 7th seeded Yuya Ito of Texas.
With two Gauchos remaining in this elite tournament comprised of the top 64 players in the country, UCSB is in rare company. USC, Texas and Illinois have three players still in the draw. Miami, Baylor, Ohio State, and Tulane are the only other programs in the nation that have two players still alive and in the fight for this prestigious title.
Moreno de Alboran and Guillin will both be back in action at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 8th. Follow @UCSBTennis on twitter for any updates.