April 18, 2008
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - UC Santa Barbara junior Max Taylor battled back from two match-points in the third set to defeat Utah's Timmy Allen by a score of 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, leading the No. 65 Gauchos (13-7) past the No. 64 Utes (12-12), 4-3 on Friday in Salt Lake City.
"This was the first time since our second match of the season (a 4-3 loss at Hawaii) that everything came down to the last match on the court," said UCSB head coach Marty Davis. "It was Utah's Senior Day, so there was a big crowd and it was really exciting."
Taylor faced match-point at 5-4 and 5-5 before climbing back to win the decider.
"Max really hung in there," Davis said. "It was a big win for him, and for us."
The Gauchos needed wins in four singles matches to win the contest after losing the doubles point. They got the wins at No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6. In addition to Taylor's win at No. 5, senior Jack Hui swept Othman Zerouali-Ouariti at No. 3, 6-4, 6-3. At No. 4, freshman Alex Konigsfeldt blasted Russ Hancock, 6-0, 6-4, and at No. 6, sophomore Josh Finkelstein defeated Jason Smits, 6-2, 7-5.
In doubles, Konigsfeldt and Finkelstein, playing No. 2, topped Taylor and Zerouali-Ouariti, 8-5, but Therp and Hejazi were beaten by Ganger and Mann at No. 1, 9-8. At No. 3, Anders Dalskov, playing just his second match of the season after returning from a knee injury, teamed with Hui, and lost to Allin and Hancock, 8-6.
The win is the second in a row for the Gauchos. They will play at BYU on Saturday, before completing the road trip at No. 35 Boise State on Sunday afternoon.
No. 65 UCSB 4, at No. 64 Utah 3 Singles No. 1 - Zack Ganger (Utah) d. Philip Therp (UCSB) - 6-2, 6-1 No. 2 - Miron Mann (Utah) d. Bijan Hejazi (UCSB) - 6-1, 6-4 No. 3 - Jack Hui (UCSB) d. Othman Zerouali-Ouariti (Utah) - 6-4, 6-3 No. 4 - Alex Konigsfeldt (UCSB) d. Russ Hancock (Utah) - 6-0, 6-4 No. 5 - Max Taylor (UCSB) d. Timmy Allin (Utah) - 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 No. 6 - Josh Finkelstein (UCSB) d. Jason Smits (Utah) - 6-2, 7-5 Doubles No. 1 - Ganger/Mann (Utah) d. Therp/Hejazi (UCSB) - 9-8 No. 2 - Konigsfeldt/Finkelstein (UCSB) d. Taylor/Zerouali-Ouariti (Utah) - 8-5 No. 3 - Allin/Hancock (Utah) d. Hui/Anders Dalskov (UCSB) - 8-6
Records: UCSB 13-7, Utah 12-12