March 13, 2008

UCSB downs Yale, 5-2

March 13, 2008

UC Santa Barbara, Calif. - The Gauchos open their eight-game home stand with a win to improve to 5-4 on the season.

The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team fought through breezy conditions and a determined Yale squad at the Recreational Center courts this afternoon to post a nice 5-2 victory.

The doubles point came right down to the wire. After splitting the #2 and #3 matches the focus turned to center court where, fortunately for the Gauchos, Jack Hui and Philip Therp pulled out a tie-break win. That put UCSB up 1-0 and the Gauchos never looked back, ringing up straight set victories at #1, #4, #2 and #3 singles. To Yale's credit, they never gave up and fought to take the final two matches at the #5 and #6 positions in three sets.

The Gauchos now break for final exams before returning to the courts for Alumni Day March 22nd and what should be a challenging match against Dartmouth on Easter Sunday (March 23rd). UCSB's next seven matches, spanning till April 6, will all be at home.

Next Matches:

Sunday, March 23 vs Dartmouth, 1pm, Rec Cen Courts
Tuesday, March 25 vs #48 Harvard, 1pm, Rec Cen Courts
Thursday, March 27 vs Santa Clara, 1pm, Tennis Club of Santa Barbara
Saturday, March 29 vs #52 San Diego State, 1pm, Rec Cen Courts

Doubles
No. 1 Therp/Hui (UCSB) def. Bennett/Lederman Yale, 9-8
No. 2 Dawson/Dawson Yale def. Konigsfeldt/Finkelstein (UCSB) 8-3
No. 3 Hejazi/Nigel Barton (UCSB) def. Schemmel/Abergel Yale, 8-5

Singles
No. 1 Bijan Hejazi (UCSB) def. Jeff Dawson Yale 6-2,6-2
No. 2 Philip Therp (UCSB) def. Connor Dawson Yale 6-3,6-4
No. 3 Jack Hui (UCSB) def. Calvin Bennett Yale 6-3,7-6
No. 4 Alexander Konigsfeldt (UCSB) def. Matt Schemmel Yale 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 Tom Santoro Yale def. Josh Finkelstein (UCSB), 5-7,6-2, (10-8)
No. 6 Josh Lederman Yale def. Max Taylor (UCSB) 6-2, 3-6, 7-6