UCSB Falls To No. 46 Cal in Final Non-Conf. Match

UCSB Falls To No. 46 Cal in Final Non-Conf. Match

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara saw its four-match win streak come to an end Monday afternoon following a 4-1 loss against No. 46 ranked Cal (11-9 overall). Following the loss, UCSB (10-6 overall, 1-0 Big West) now has only conference games left in its regular season slate beginning with UC Irvine on Saturday.

Even despite the loss, Santa Barbara saw some solid performances today including senior co-captains Nicolas Moreno de Alboran and Anders Holm who performed well in doubles on the No. 1 court.

The top UCSB pair bested the No. 17 ranked Jacob Brumm/Yuta Kikuchi 6-3 to improve to 6-6 on the dual match season. With a win at the top court, UCSB needed just one more victory at either No. 2 or 3 to secure the doubles point,

Unfortunately for the Gauchos, Joseph Guillin and Victor Krustev lost on court two 6-3 while Joseph Rotheram and Alex Dominguez Soto lost 6-3 on the court three. 

With Cal up 1-0, the Golden Bears extended their lead to 2-0 following a win on court four over UCSB's Hironori Koyanagi 6-2, 6-4.

Still, the Gauchos would answer back as Holm extends his win streak at the No. 6 court to five-straight victories following a 6-1, 6-2 win. Holm is now 8-7 on the year.

Just as Holm won his match, No. 16 ranked Moreno de Alboran had a triple-match point up 5-4 (40-15) in the second set following a 6-2 win in the first set. Unfortunately, the senior could not pull out the win and in fact, his match would go unfinished.

A 2-2 match could've really turned the tide, but instead, Cal took control and won the match. First, on court three No. 100 ranked Krustev lost 6-3, 6-3 to drop to 11-3 overall on the year. Following that, Rotheram, who fought back well to force a third set, lost in three, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 clinching the win for the Golden Bears.

The match was called when Cal took a 4-1 lead. Moreno de Alboran was down 4-1 in the third set when it was called while No. 51 Guillin was tied at 4-4 in his match at the number two court.

Even with the loss, UCSB has had some key wins over Pac-12 opponents and has shown that this is a team capable of winning an NCAA Tournament match.

However, the only thing that matters now is Santa Barbara winning its fifth-straight conference title to even have the opportunity to appear in an NCAA Tournament match.

UCSB will take on UC Irvine at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at UCI Campus Recreation. 


No. 46 Cal (11-9) defeated UC Santa Barbara (10-6), 4-1
April 8, 2019, in Berkeley, Calif.
Hellman Tennis Complex
1. Nicolas Moreno de Alboran/Anders Holm (UCSB) def. No. 17 Jacob Brumm/Yuta Kikuchi (Cal), 6-3
2. Paul Barretto/Can Kaya (Cal) def. Joseph Guillin/Victor Krustev (UCSB), 6-3
3. Jack Molloy/Mert Zincirli (Cal) def. Joseph Rotheram/Alex Soto (UCSB), 6-3*
Cal won the doubles point
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3*
*Clinched the doubles point
1. Yuta Kikuchi (Cal) vs. No. 16 Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB), 2-6, 7-6(2), 4-1 DNF
2. Jack Molloy (Cal) vs. No. 51 Joseph Guillin (UCSB), 6-3, 3-6, 4-4 Unfinished   
3. Paul Barretto (Cal) def. No. 100 Victor Krustev (UCSB), 6-3, 6-3
4. Ben Draper (Cal) def. Hironori Koyanagi (UCSB), 6-2, 6-4
5. Bjorn Hoffmann (Cal) def. Joseph Rotheram (UCSB), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2^
6. Anders Holm (UCSB) def. Mert Zincirli (Cal), 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4, 6, 3, 5^
^Clinched the overall match