Gauchos Drop 4-3 Heartbreaker to Visiting San Francisco

March 11, 2007

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team lost a heartbreaking match at home on Sunday to visiting San Francisco, 4-3. The Gauchos won the doubles point, but then dropped four of the six singles matches.

UCSB, which has been plagued by a numerous injuries this season, nabbed its first doubles point in quite some time. The Gauchos dropped the decision at No. 1 doubles, but Josh Finkelstein and Nigel Barton defeated Thong Tu and Falko Huettenberger at No. 2, 9-7, and Bijan Hejazi and Max Taylor topped Einar Hart and Rainer Nachbauer at No. 3, 8-5, to give Santa Barbara a 1-0 lead heading in to the singles contests.

The visiting Dons won at No. 1 No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 singles to seal the victory. At No. 1, senior Matthew Berry defeated Gaucho junior Anders Dalskov, playing his first match at No. 1 this season, by a score of 6-2, 6-0.

Hejazi, who played No. 2 in 2006 but was playing No. 2 for the first time this season, defeated Huettenberger by a decisive 6-3, 6-3 count. At No. 3, Finkelstein dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision to Thong Tu, and at No. 4, it was Nachbauer, a freshman, beating Barton by a 6=2, 6-0 score.

The match was decided at No. 5 singles. Asaf Cohen, a freshman, extended UCSB's Max Taylor to three sets and posted a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 victory.

Gaucho sophomore Grant Robertson defeated Greg Hom at No. 6 singles, 7-5, 6-1.

The loss drops the Gauchos to 2-11 overall. They will return to action on Wednesday, March 14, when they host the University of Iowa in a 1:30 p.m. match at the Recreation Center Courts.

Results

University of San Francisco 4, UC Santa Barbara 3

Singles
No. 1 - Matthew Berry (USF) d. Anders Dalskov (UCSB) - 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 - Bijan Hejazi (UCSB) d. Falko Huettenberger (USF) - 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 - Thong Tu (USF) d. Josh Finkelstein (UCSB) - 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 - Rainer Nachbauer (USF) d. Nigel Barton (UCSB) - 6-2, 6-0
No. 5 - Asaf Cohen (USF) d. Max Taylor (UCSB) - 6-4, 4-6, 7-6
No. 6 - Grant Robertson (UCSB) d. Greg Horn (USF) - 7-5, 6-1
Doubles
No. 1 - Cohen/Berry (USF) d. Dalskov/Robertson (UCSB) - 8-7
No. 2 - Finkelstein/Barton (UCSB) d. Tu/Huettenberger (USF) - 9-7
No. 3 - Hejazi/Taylor (UCSB) d. Hart/Nachbauer (USF) - 8-5