SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - With the fall tournament season over, the ITA National Collegiate Rankings were released yesterday and had great news for the UC Santa Barbara men's tennis teams. Two members of UCSB were named in the rankings with senior Nicolas Moreno de Alboran earning the No. 6 ranking in the country and junior Joseph Guillin earning the No. 22 ranking in the country.
Moreno de Alboran's ranking is the highest in program history and is also the highest of any Big West athlete in the last 22 years. The New York native is definitely deserving of his ranking after key wins against Texas's Christian Sigsgaard who he beat twice and is ranked No. 5, USC's Daniel Cuckierman who is ranked No. 8, Baylor's Johannes Schretter who is ranked No. 33, Virginia's Ryan Goetz ranked No. 54 and even more impressive wins. Overall, Moreno de Alboran was 13-5 during the fall.
Moreno de Alboran, the 2018 Big West Player of the Year and a three-time first team all-conference standout, also recently advanced to the semifinals of the ITA National Fall Championships where he lost to Cuckierman in three sets. He also reached the quarterfinals of the ITA Southwest Regional and even the championship round of the Oracle ITA Masters.
In September, Moreno de Alboran became the first Gaucho to win a main draw match at the prestigious Oracle ITA Masters, and not only did he win the first one, but he was also victorious in four straight to reach the finals. Despite a tough three-set loss to USC's Laurens Verboven in the final, Moreno de Alboran's overall performance set the tone for him to emerge as one of the nation's marquee players entering the spring season.
As for Guillin, the junior also had many impressive wins this fall making him deserving of his No. 22 ranking, up 75 spots from his preseason rankings. Key wins include defeating Cuckierman, Stanford's Axel Geller ranked No. 20, and wins against players from top schools like Texas Tech, Arizona, Cal, and San Diego. Overall, Guillin went 9-4 in fall.
It should also be noted Guillin's No. 22 ranking is higher than any Gaucho athlete last season proving these two players are truly some of the best in the country.
UCSB will start regular season play at 11 a.m. on Sunday, January 20 against San Diego State. Follow @UCSBTennis for any and all updates on Gaucho tennis before the season starts!