Gauchos Downed by Yale, 4-3

March 16, 2007

Santa Barbara, Calif. - The Gaucho men's tennis team lost a close one Friday afternoon to Yale 4-3 at the Recreation Center Courts. The close match was the twelfth straight loss for the injury-ravaged Gauchos who won the match-up last year. Bijan Hejazi was twice victorious; winning both his doubles and singles matches and played his best tennis in months.

The Bulldogs are now 4-5 on the season. This was their first win in five matches including a loss earlier in the week to No. 20 Pepperdine.

Anders Dalskov and Grant Robertson started off the match-up at the No.1 doubles spot losing to Brandon Wai and Mike Caldwell 8-3. Playing at No.2, Josh Finkelstein and Nigel Barton lost their struggle 8-5 to Yale's Jeff Dawson and Josh Lederman. The bright spot in doubles came when Bijan Hejazi and Max Taylor beat Matt Schimmel and Connor Dawson 9-7.

It was a close match-up with five of the six matches going to a third set. Hejazi was able to overcome his opponent, Wai, playing at the No.1 position 7-5, 1-6 (6-3). Dalskov and Barton were not so lucky as they lost to their Yale counterparts at the No. 2 and 3 spots, respectively. Finkelstein was able to grab a victory when he beat Schimmel 1-6, 6-4 (7-6) at the No. 4 spot. He survived two match points before pulling out the win. Robertson could not fine his way into the winner's circle, losing to C. Dawson 4-6, 6-4 (6-2). The No.6 slot was also won as Taylor beat out Lederman 2-6, 6-3 (6-1).

The Gauchos have an extended break for finals, but when they come back they will attempt to break their losing streak by defeating Dartmouth. The Big Green is 9-0 and UCSB will try to hand them their first loss in Santa Barbara Sunday, March 25 at noon.


Singles #1 Bijan Hejazi (UCSB) def. Brandon Wai (Yale) 7-5, 1-6 (6-3)
#2 Mike Caldwell (Yale) def. Anders Dalskov (UCSB) 6-4, 3-6 (6-3)
#3 jeff Dawson (Yale) def. Nigel Barton (UCSB) 6-1, 6-1
#4 Josh Finkestein (UCSB) def. Matt Schimmel (Yale) 1-6, 6-4 (7-6)
#5 Connor Dawson (Yale) def. Grant Robertson (UCSB) 4-6, 6-4 (6-2)
#6 Max Taylor (UCSB) def. Josh Lederman (UCSB) 2-6, 6-3 (6-1)


#1 Wai/Caldwell (Yale) def. Dalskov/Robertson (UCSB) 8-3
#2 J. Dawson/Lederman (Yale) def. Finkelstein/Barton (UCSB) 8-5
#3 Hejazi/Taylor (UCSB) def. Schimmel/C. Dawson (Yale) 9-7