Depleted Gauchos Get Back on Winning Track, Defeat UC Davis 5-2

Feb. 18, 2007

DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team, playing without three of its top six players, won four of six singles matches and the doubles point, to record a 5-2 win at UC Davis on Sunday.

The Gauchos were playing without their No. 2 player Jack Hui (wrist), No. 3 player Phillip Therp (wrist) and No. 5 player Elad Stern (shoulder), but their replacements were up to the task in the win over the Aggies.

UCSB claimed the doubles points with victories at No. 2 and No. 3. Although Anders Dalskov and Grant Robertson lost at No. 1 by an 8-4 tally, the Gauchos won at No. 2 and No. 3. At No. 2, Nigel Barton, a sophomore transfer from Tulane and Josh Finkelstein, a redshirt freshman, defeated Jayce Fitch and Daniel Elefant, 8-6. At No. 3, it was Bijan Hejazi and Max Taylor claiming an 8-5 win over Kevin Liang and Thomas McGee.

Davis tied the score in the match at 1-1 whe Mike Reiser defeated Robertson at No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-2. Taylor responded at No. 3 to give UCSB a 2-1 lead with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Henri Landis.

The Gauchos extended their lead to 3-1 when Hejazi, a sophomore, closed out a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Fitch in the No. 1 spot. The advantage became 4-1 when Finkelstein defeated Liang at No. 4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-0.

Barton, a sophomore playing No. 6, clinched the win for Santa Barbara when he edged Garcia in a three-set match, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

The win improves UCSB's record to 2-5. The Gauchos will remain in Northern California for a Monday, Feb. 19 match at Santa Clara. The contest against the Broncos will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Final Score: UC Santa Barbara 5, UC Davis 2
SINGLES
1. Bijan Hejazi (UCSB) d. Jayce Fitch (UC Davis) - 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
2. Michael Chin (UC Davis) d. Anders Dalskov (UCSB), 6-7, 6-3, 6-3
3. Max Taylor (UCSB) d. Henri Landes (UC Davis) - 6-3, 6-4
4. Josh Finkelstein (UCSB) d. Kevin Liang (UC Davis) - 7-5, 4-6, 6-0
5. Mike Reiser (UC Davis) defeated Grant Robertson (UCSB), 6-2, 6-2
6. Nigel Barton (UCSB) d. Justin Garcia (UC Davis) - 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

Order of finish: 5, 3, 1, 4, 6, 2

DOUBLES 1. Chin/Garcia (UC Davis) d. Dalskov/Robertson (UCSB) - 8-4 2. Barton/Finkelstein (UCSB) d. Fitch/Elefant (UC Davis) - 8-6 3. Hejazi/Taylor (UCSB) d. Kevin Liang/Thomas McGee (UC Davis), 8-5

Order of finish 3, 1, 2.

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