March 23, 2009

Gauchos Get Back on Winning Track, Defeat Dartmouth 5-2

March 23, 2009

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After coming out a bit sluggish in the doubles competition, perhaps a result of a week of final exams, the UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team rallied with five singles wins to defeat visiting Dartmouth on Sunday, 5-2.

The Gauchos' No. 1 doubles tandem of Alex Konigsfeldt and Josh Finkelstein posted a victory, 8-4 over the Big Green's Dan Freeman and Stephen Grief, but UCSB's two other doubles teams dropped their matches.

Santa Barbara, however, bounced back strong in singles. At No. 1, Konigsfeldt easily defeated Freeman, 6-1, 6-1, and at No. 6 Mathieu Forget dropped Andrew Malizia by the same score, putting the Gauchos up 2-1.

Victories at No. 2 by Scott Hohenstein, No. 4 by Finkelstein, and No. 5 by Taylor Chavez Goggin pushed UCSB over the top.

"Despite the windy conditions we really played well," said head coach Marty Davis. "More importantly, we really played smart, aggressive tennis and dictated play up and down the line-up. All in all it was a very encouraging victory and evidence that we're on track to play our best tennis at the conference championships next month."

The Gauchos, 5-9, will return to action on Saturday with an important Big West Conference match at Pacific. Start time is 1:00 p.m.

UCSB 5 - Dartmouth 2

Doubles: #1 Konigsfeldt/Finkelstein UCSB def. Freeman/Grief 8-4 #2 Roby/Gayer def. Hohenstein/Jurgensen UCSB 8-4 #3 Ho/Tzou def. Goggin/Caledonia UCSB 9-8

Singles: #1 Alex Konigsfeldt UCSB def. Dan Freeman 6-1,6-1 #2 Scott Hohenstein UCSB def. Stephen Grief 6-4,6-3 #3 Curtis Roby def. Max Taylor UCSB 6-0,5-7 (10-8) #4 Josh Finkelstein UCSB def. Justin Tzou 7-5,7-5 #5 Taylor Chavez Goggin UCSB def. Ari Gayer 6-1,7-5 #6 Mathieu Forget UCSB def. Andrew Malizia 6-1,6-1

In its on-going effort to draw awareness to breast cancer and to promote its research, the UCSB Athletics Department will sponsor "Pink Week" at three of its athletics events on Mar. 28, 2009. Three UCSB intercollegiate events, scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 28, have been designated "Pink Week" games. The women's tennis match, slated for 11 a.m. on the Robertson Gymnasium Courts, a softball doubleheader scheduled to start at 12 p.m. on Campus Diamond, and a 12 p.m. women's water polo match at Campus Pool will all be part of the effort. "Pink Week" is part UCSB Athletics' BE Great initiative.

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