SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis program has signed two standout recruits for the 2019-20 season, head coach Marty Davis announced Thursday.
Amit Batta, a native of Los Altos, Calif., who will be a junior after transferring from the University of Washington, and Josh Williams, a native of Rye, N.Y., and senior at Rye Neck High School will join a Gaucho program that has won the last five of the last six Big West Conference championships, including the last four in row.
When he went to UW from Monta Vista High School, Batta was a 5-star recruit according to Tennisrecruiting.net. In two seasons for the Huskies he recorded 30 singles victories, including 21 in dual matches. In fact, while playing primarily at the No. 5 spot in the lineup as a freshman in 2016-17, Batta led the team in singles victories with 18, including 12 in a row to begin the dual match season. As a sophomore, while playing primarily at the No. 4 spot in the lineup, he won eight more times in dual match singles. As a doubles player, he posted 15 wins overall, including nine in dual matches. At Monta Vista, he was ranked No. 1 in 18s in Northern California in both singles and doubles and climbed as high as No. 26 in the national rankings.
"Amit is a solid addition to our program and has a proven track record of success at the D-1 level," Davis said. "We feel he'll contribute immediately to our climb up the national ranks."
Williams, 4-star recruit according to Tennisrecruiting.net, which ranked him 73rd in the nation, 13th in the Middle Atlantic, and sixth in New York. He has had an outstanding junior career and has climbed into the top-10 among 18s in the Eastern Section.
"Josh has a wealth of tournament experience at the national level and a skill set that will make him a strong candidate for a starting doubles position next season," Davis said.
The Gauchos are currently 9-5 and have won four consecutive matches, including victories over Washington and the University of Oregon. They will begin Big West Conference play when they travel to UC Davis for a 1:00 p.m. match on Sunday, April 7.