No. 69 UCSB Loses Another Nail-Biter, 4-3 at Arizona State

Feb. 4, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - For the second consecutive day, the UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team dropped a nail-biter on the road. The Gauchos lost a 4-3 decision at Arizona State on Saturday, one day after losing a match by the same score at Arizona.

The teams split the singles matches and the doubles point wound up being the decider.

At No. 1 doubles, the Gaucho duo of Nick Brotman and Anders Dalskov dropped an 8-4 decision to the Sun Devils Ryan McBride and Jonathan Kinsella. At No. 3 doubles, UCSB's Grant Robertson and Elad Stern recorded an 8-4 victory.

No. 2 doubles was the pivotal match and it was a dandy. ASU's Nick Hegarty and Wes Miller toughed-out a 9-5(5) victory over Gauchos Carsten Thorstensen and Scott Hohenstein. The lengthy win gave the Sun Devils the doubles point.

In singles, UCSB gave ASU a tough match. Senior No. 1 Nick Brotman, who lost a heart-breaking deciding-match at Arizona on Friday, bounced back with a solid 7-5, 6-4 win over Ryan McBride. At No. 2, junior Elad Stern dropped a 6-4, 6-2 decision to Jonathan Kinsella.

Gaucho freshman Bijan Hejazi posted a victory at No. 3. While Hejazi struggled to win the first set, he cruised in the second set and ultimately posted a 7-6(7), 6-1 victory over Wes Miller. At No. 4, Carsten Thorstensen lost a 6-4, 6-3 decision to Nick Hegarty.

At No. 5, Anders Dalskov gave UCSB its third win in singles with a tough 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 win over the Sun Devil's Mike Beatty.

The match came down to the No. 6 singles and in a battle between a pair of freshmen, ASU's T.J. Bellama topped the Gauchos' Max Taylor, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

With the defeat, 69th-ranked UCSB drops to 4-3 on the season. ASU improves to 4-0.

The Gauchos return to action Friday, Feb. 10, when they travel to Seattle for a 5:00 p.m. match against the University of Washington. They will remain in the Emerald City to take on the University of Denver on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Results for Arizona State University (4-0) vs. UC Santa Barbara (4-3)

1.) Kinsella/McBride (ASU) def. Brotman/Dalskov (UCSB) - 8-4
2.) Hegarty/Miller (ASU) def. Hohenstein/Thorstensen (UCSB) - 9-8(5)
3.) Robertson/Stern (UCSB) def. Beatty/Bellama (ASU) - 8-4

Singles: 1.) Nick Brotman (UCSB) def. Ryan McBride (ASU) - 7-5, 6-4 2.) Jonathan Kinsella (ASU) def. Elad Stern (UCSB) - 6-4, 6-2 3.) Bijan Hejazi (UCSB) def. Wes Miller (ASU) - 7-6(7), 6-1 4.) Nick Hegarty (ASU) def. Carsten Thorstensen (UCSB) - 6-4, 6-3 5.) Anders Dalskov (UCSB) def. Mike Beatty (ASU) - 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 6.) T.J. Bellama (ASU) def. Max Taylor (UCSB) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-1