April 8, 2006

Gauchos Fall 6-1 at 38th-Ranked San Diego


April 8, 2006

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - In its final home contest of the season, 38th-ranked San Diego proved to be too tough for the UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team as the Toreros prevailed 6-1 Saturday at the USD West Tennis Courts.

With the non-conference loss, the Gauchos fell to 11-8, while San Diego improved to 12-5.

Oscar Plotnik and Thomas Liversage clinched the first Torero victory with an 8-4 win over UCSB's Nick Brotman and Anders Dalskov. Mirza Koristovich and Jonas Mouly followed suit with an 8-5 victory over Carsten Thorstensen and Scott Hohenstein at No. 2 doubles. Pierrick Ysern, although still recovering from injury, appeared at No. 3 doubles alongside Matt Ozurovich. The duo defeated the Gauchos' Elad Stern and Max Taylor 9-7 to clinch the doubles point for USD.

In singles, five out of six Toreros defeated their opponent, with UCSB's lone bright spot being Nick Brotman at the No. 1 spot. In a three set match that went decided by a tiebreaker the Gaucho senior toped Oscar Plotnik 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) for his sixth straight win.

USD's Thomas Liversage, at No. 2 singles, defeated Bijan Hejazi by scores of 6-4 and 6-3 and Mirza Koristovich rolled over Anders Dalskov 6-1 and 6-2. Ryo Sekiguchi, Jonas Mouly and Chris Coetzee all saw victories at No. 4, 5 and 6 singles, respectively.

The Gauchos remain in America's (alleged) Finest City to face 56th-ranked San Diego State on Sunday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Final Results
USD 6, UCSB 1

Doubles 1) Plotnick/Liversage (USD) def. Brotman/Dalskov (UCSB) - 8-4 2) Koristovic/Mouly (USD) def. Thorstensen/Hohenstein (UCSB) - 8-5 3) Ysern/Ozurovich (USD) def. Stern/Taylor (UCSB) - 9-7

Singles 1) Nick Brotman (UCSB) def. Oscar Plotnik (USD) - 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) 2) Thomas Liversage (USD) def. Bijan Hejazi (UCSB) - 6-4, 6-3 3) Mirza Koristovich (USD) def. Anders Dalskov (UCSB) - 6-1, 6-2 4) Ryo Sekiguchi (USD) def. Elad Stern (UCSB) - 6-1, 6-2 5) Jonas Mouly (USD) def. Max Taylor (UCSB) - 6-3, 6-2 6) Chris Coetzee (USD) def. Carsten Thorstensen (UCSB) - 6-1, 6-3