February 9, 2007

No. 70 UCSB Opens Busy Weekend with 6-1 Loss to No. 18 Boise State

Feb. 9, 2007

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The 70th-ranked UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team opened a busy weekend with a 6-1 loss to No. 18 Boise State on Friday afternoon at the Recreation Center Courts. The match was the Gauchos' first home contest of the year.

Boise State swept the doubles point to open the scoring and then took five of the six singles matches. With the loss, UCSB drops to 1-2 on the season. The Broncos improve to a perfect 7-0, including an easy 6-1 win over Stanford.

Junior Anders Dalskov (Hoersholm, Denmark) was the highpoint for the Gauchos. Dalskov, playing No. 4, improved to a perfect 3-0 on the year with a 6-1, 6-7 (10-6) win over Boise State's Eric Roberson.

"Anders was definitely the highlight today," said UCSB head coach Marty Davis. "He's played well this year and today was no different."

Junior Jack Hui (Hong Kong, China) and freshman Philip Therp (Birkeroed, Denmark) each lost in two sets, but they were close defeats. At No. 2, Hui lost tot Clancy Shields by a 6-4, 6-4 score and Therp lost a tough 7-5, 6-4 decision to Piotr Dijat. It was Therp's first loss of the season.

The match against the Broncos was the first of three on the weekend for UCSB. On Saturday morning, the Gauchos will travel to Eugene, Ore., for a 5:00 p.m. match against the University of Portland. On Sunday, they will play the host University of Oregon in an 11:00 a.m. match.

"This weekend will be a challenge for us," Davis said. "We will be playing on the same day as we fly in and we will going form playing outside to playing indoors, that is always tough. "

Following this weekend's matches, Santa Barbara will remain on the road for another pair of matches next weekend, including a date with Cal, another top-20 opponent.

Results No. 18 Boise State 6, No. 70 UC Santa Barbara 1 Singles No. 1 - Luke Shields (BSU) d. Bijan Hejazi (UCSB) 6-1, 6-4 No. 2 - Clancy Shields (BSU) d. Jack Hui (UCSB) - 6-4. 6-4 No. 3 - Piotr Dilaj (BSU) d. Philip Therp (UCSB) - 7-5, 6-4 No. 4 - Anders Dalskov (UCSB) d. Eric Roberson (BSU) - 6-1, 6-7 (10-6) No. 5 - Brent Werbeck (BSU) d. Max Taylor (UCSB) - 6-2, 6-1 No. 6 - Steve Robertson (BSU) d. Josh Finkelstein (UCSB) - 6-3, 6-2 Doubles No. 1 - Robertson/C. Shields (BSU) d. Dalskov/Hui (UCSB) - 8-2 No. 2 - Stanley Sarapanich/L. Shields (BSU) d. Nigel Barton/Hejazi (UCSB) - 8-2 No. 3 - Dilaj/Roberson (BSU) d. Therp/Grant Robertson (UCSB) - 8-4 Order of singles finish: 6, 5, 2, 1, 3, 4