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.
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
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
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