January 21, 2008

UCSB Edged in Season Opener at Hawai'i, 4-3

Jan. 21, 2008

HONOLULU - The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team opened its 2008 season with a tough 4-3 loss at the University of Hawai'i on Sunday afternoon.

Despite sweeping the doubles point, UCSB couldn't overcome the Rainbow Warriors. The Gauchos were only able to win at No. 5 and No. 6 singles. At No. 5, freshman Alex Konigsfeldt made his debut with a decisive 6-2, 6-3 win over Hawai'i's Jeff Fitch. Sophomore Josh Finkelstein, the UCSB team captain, defeated UH's Craig Faulk at No. 6, 6-4, 7-5.

At No. 1 singles, sophomore Philip Therp was swept by 25th-ranked Andreas Weber, 6-1, 6-3. At No. 2, junior Bijan Hejazi lost a close two-setter, 7-6, 6-4. At No. 3, senior Jack Hui was defeated 6-1, 6-3 by Sascha Heinemann.

The closest singles match of the day was at No. 4 where Rainbow Warrior Spence Mendoza edged Gaucho senior Anders Dalskov, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

UCSB will return to the courts on Sunday, Jan. 27, when it hosts Santa Clara in its home opener at the Recreation Center Courts.

Match Results
Hawai'i 4, UC Santa Barbara 3

Doubles (UC Santa Barbara wins doubles point)
1. Hui/Therp (UCSB) def. Fitch/Lajola (UH), 8-7
2. Dalskov/Finkelstein (UCSB) def. Heinemann/ Weber, 8-5
3. Hejazi/Konigsfeldt (UCSB) def. Mendoza/Fitch (UH), 8-3

Singles (each match worth one team point) 1. No. 25 Andreas Weber (UH) def. Philip Therp (UCSB), 6-1, 6-3 2. Dennis Lajola (UH) def. Bijan Hejazi (UCSB), 7-6, 6-4 3. Sascha Heinemann (UH) def. Jack Hui (UCSB), 6-1, 6-3 4. Spence Mendoza (UH) def. Anders Dalskov (UCSB), 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 5. Alexander Konigsfeldt (UCSB) def. Jeff Fitch (UH), 6-2, 6-3 6. Josh Finkelstein (UCSB) def. Craig Faulk (UH), 6-4, 7-5