Three Gauchos Remain in ITA National Rankings

Nicolas Moreno de Alboran
Nicolas Moreno de Alboran

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - For the majority of the season, the UCSB men's tennis program has managed to have three players in the ITA Top 125 singles. That did not change this week as senior Nicolas Moreno de Alboran, junior Joseph Guillin, and sophomore Victor Krustev remain in the top 125 according to the ITA release on Tuesday.

Moreno de Alboran was the only player to see a move up in the rankings as he was slotted one place higher rising up to No. 12 in the rankings. After starting the season 2-2, Moreno de Alboran won five straight ultimately ending with a win against Maxime Cressy of UCLA. 

Cressy was ranked No. 118 at the time but is now slotted at No. 92 in the newest rankings. Despite his ranking, Cressy is a dominant tennis player and has already done damage at the pro level. On Feb. 3, Cressy won his first ATP Challenger Tour at the Cleveland Open. He is currently ranked No. 311 among singles players on the ATP World Tour. 

For Moreno de Alboran, it was a huge win again highlighting how capable he is to beat the best players in the NCAA seeing as how he is one. He lost his last outing to then No. 5 Thomas Laurent, now No. 4, in three sets on Friday yet his team still managed to pull off a big upset against the then No. 17 Oregon, now No. 24.

As for Guillin, he is now ranked No. 48 in the country dropping nine slots from the previous release. Guillin is still playing at a high level earning a huge straight-set win over then No. 90 Emmanuel Coste of Oregon, 6-4, 6-4. His win clinched the Gauchos upset victory.

Krustev also fell nine slots in the rankings placing him at No. 103. Krustev holds the teams best singles record in dual match play with a 9-2 overall record, all coming on the No. 3 court. He has won six of his last seven outings.

In doubles, unfortunately, UCSB saw both of its pairs drop out of the rankings entirely. Moreno de Alboran/Anders Holm was ranked No. 72 in the last release while Alex Dominguez Soto/Joseph Rotheram was ranked No. 80. 

UCSB will continue its season against the University of Washington at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26 at the Rec Cen Courts.