Moreno de Alboran Claims Big West Player of the Week

Photo courtesy of ITA Tennis
Photo courtesy of ITA Tennis

UC Santa Barbara senior Nicolas Moreno de Alboran garnered his fifth career Big West Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week honor after dominating the competition to close out the regular season. The five career awards tie Moreno de Alboran for sixth on the Big West's all-time list.

Moreno de Alboran went 4-0 in singles and doubles to help the Gauchos defeat Cal Poly and Hawai'i. UCSB finished an unbeaten 5-0 for its fourth straight Big West regular-season title.

The nation's 16-ranked singles player knocked off Cal Poly's Josh Ortlip (6-1, 6-0) and UH's Andre Ilagan (6-0, 6-3) at the No. 1 position to win his fifth and sixth straight matches. Moreno de Alboran finished the regular season winning 11 of his last 12 singles matches.

He also combined with Anders Holm to win both No. 1 doubles contests against the Mustangs and 'Bows. They defeated Cal Poly's Ortlip and Dominic Bechard (6-4) and UH's Ilagan and Lucas Labrunie (6-3). The duo finished winning their final six matches.

UCSB's next game is Friday, April 26 against the winner of UC Davis/UCR in the semifinal of the Big West Tournament.