Jan. 21, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara opened its 2006 men's tennis season by sweeping a pair of matches from NAIA opponents. The Gauchos topped Westmont College 6-1 in the morning match and they they edged Fresno Pacific 4-3 in an afternoon affair.
In the win over Westmont, UCSB was paced by a trio of freshmen. Playing their first matches as Gauchos, No. 2 Bijan Hejazi, No. 4 Max Taylor and No. 5 Grant Robertson each posted victories. They were joined by sophomore Anders Dalskov and senior Hagen Brody who won at No. 3 and No. 6 respectively.
Hejazi, one of the top California recruits ever landed by Gaucho head coach Marty Davis, defeated the Warriors' J.B. Schiller at No. 2, 6-3, 6-1. Taylor took care of Kyle Godfreh at No. 4, 6-2, 6-3, and Robertson, a Santa Barbara High School graduate, topped Eric Kinsey at No. 5, 6-3, 6-1.
Dalskov blanked John Hilp at No. 3, 6-0, 6-0, and Brody eased past Ryan Warner at No. 6, 6-2, 6-0.
Junior Elad Stern, playing at No. 1 instead of No. 2, where he is likely to play much of the year, dropped a 6-2, 6-4 decision to Burke Marold. Nick Brotman, a First Team All-Big West choice in 2005 and the regular No. 1, was not in the lineup for the opener.
Brotman, however, did play doubles. He teamed with another UCSB freshman, Scott Hohenstein, to help the Gauchos to an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles. The win came over Marold and Schiller. Stern and Dalskov topped Godfrey and Hilp by an 8-4 count and a tandem of Robertson/Brody shutout Kinsey and Warner 8-0 to give Santa Barbara a sweep of the doubles competition.
In the afternoon match the Gauchos fielded a team comprised of five freshmen and senior No. 1 Nick Brotman. The Sunbirds countered with an international squad comprised of two Australians, a South African, a German, a Mexican and one American. UCSB raced off to a 3-0 lead, but Fresno Pacific fought back to 3-2 as the final two matches on court went to three sets. Max Taylor courageously sealed the victory for UCSB at the No. 4 spot, hitting a winning overhead off his opponent's smash in the final game.
"It was a great day for the freshmen class as they got to experience the pressure and excitement of playing in a really close match," said UCSB head coach Marty Davis. "Hopefully, we'll be able to draw on those positive memories later in the season...or maybe Monday.... when we take on #63 nationally ranked BYU."
UCSB returns to action on Monday, Jan. 23 when it hosts 63rd-ranked BYU on the Recreation Center Courts at 1:30 p.m.
UCSB 6, Westmont College 1
Singles #1 - Burke Marold (WC) def. Elad Stern (UCSB) 6-2, 6-4 #2 - Bijan Hejazi (UCSB) def. J.B. Schiller (WC) 6-3, 6-1 #3 - Anders Dalskov (UCSB) def. John Hilp (WC) 6-0, 6-0 #4 - Max Taylor (UCSB) def. Kyle Godfrey (WC) 6-2, 6-3 #5 - Grant Robertson (UCSB) def. Eric Kinsey (WC) 6-3, 6-1 #6 - Hagen Brody (UCSB) def. Ryan Warner (WC) 6-2, 6-0 Doubles #1 - Nick Brotman/Scott Hohenstein (UCSB) def. Marold/Schiller (WC) 8-3 #2 - Stern/Dalskov (UCSB) def. Godfrey/Hilp (WC) 8-4 #3 - Robertson/Brody (UCSB) def. Kinsey/Warner (WC) 8-0
UCSB 4 - Fresno Pacific 3
Singles #1 Nick Brotman UCSB def. Matt Carroll 6-4,6-0 #2 Anthony Zafiris FP def. Carsten Thorstensen 6-7,6-3,6-4 #3 Bijan Hejazi UCSB def. Roberto Bianco 6-4,6-3 #4 Max Taylor UCSB def. Marco Foelz 6-3,3-6,6-4 #5 Victor Medina FP def. Scott Hohenstein 3-6,6-4,6-3 #6 Greg Jackson FP def. Grant Robertson 6-4,3-6,6-4
Doubles #1 Brotman/Dalskov UCSB def. Carroll/Zafiris 8-4 #2 Thorstensen/Hohenstein UCSBdef. Foelz/Jackson 8-3 #3 Stern/Hejazi UCSB def. Bianco/Medina 8-5