Gauchos Open 2009-10 Campaign at Pair of Tournaments

Oct. 5, 2009

Several UC Santa Barbara men's tennis players were in action over the weekend, competing at the Bulldog Classic in Fresno, Calif., as well as the D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.

UCSB got off to a strong start on the first day of the Bulldog Classic on Friday. Benjamin Recknagel, Mathieu Forget, and Max Glenn all advanced to the quarterfinals in their respective singles flights. UCSB also had two teams qualify for the A Flight Doubles quarterfinals.

Taylor Chavez Goggin defeated Renan Delsin of Pacific by scores of 2-6, 6-3, 11-9 to advance to the A Flight Singles Consolation semifinals on Saturday. After beating Cal Poly's Blake Wardman in two sets, he fell short to Cal's Chris Konigsfeldt, Gaucho senior Alex Konigsfeldt's brother, by scores of 6-2, 6-4.

Lucas Sudow was beaten by Blake Wardman of Cal Poly in the A Flight Singles consolation bracket. In the third set tiebreaker, Sudow was beaten by a final score of 10-7.

In the B Flight Singles consolation bracket, sophomore Nick Caledonia started out with a win against Gabe Kanzelmeyer from the Nevada, 6-3, 6-2. In the semifinals, Caledonia took on San Francisco's Ola Bakke and defeated him in two sets, 7-5, 6-4. In the championship, he defeated Sebastian Bell of Cal Poly 6-1, 6-3 to take home the B Flight consolation title.

Mathieu Forget was also competing in the B Flight Singles consolation bracket, but after his win over Berderd Veskimagi of Pacific, he was beaten by Fresno State's Taylor Leiby in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-2.

In the C Flight singles, freshman Max Glenn had two wins on Saturday, defeating Nic Amaroli of UC Davis (7-5, 6-2) and Doug Mayeda of Oregon (6-1, 4-6, 4-3 ret.). In the championship, Glenn beat San Francisco's Will Schumaker, 7-5, 6-4

In the A Flight Doubles, Evan Jurgensen and Nick Caledonia beat Oregon's Duncan McDonald and Doug Mayeda 8-6, but were then defeated by Fresno State's Remi Boutillier and Rikus de Villiers 8-2. UCSB's Ben Recknagel and Lucas Sudow also lost to Fresno State's Taylor Leiby and Sid Alapati in the quarterfinals with a final score of 9-8.

While the rest of the team represented UCSB in Fresno, junior Alex Konigfeldt, senior Josh Finkelstein, and senior Scott Hohenstein competed in the D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. This would be the two seniors' last chance for this tournament.

Konigsfeldt was eliminated by Costin Pavel of Oklahoma in the Pre-Qualifying round, 6-4, 6-1. Finkelstein had a bye in the first roiund of Pre-Qualifying, but was eliminated in the second by Darren Walsh of SMU, 6-2, 6-0.

After a bye in the first round, Hohenstein won his second round match in the Pre-Qualifying draw, 6-4, 6-1 over Tulsa's Brian Baynton.

"Right from the start he (Hohenstein) was hitting big forehands for winners, really smooth and precise volleys, and great serves," said assistant coach Nick Brortman. "And he continued that play throughout the match. He was aggressive and focused and it was really nice to watch."

Hohenstein went on to lose his third round match to Filip Meljevic from Illinois State 6-0, 6-3.

The Gauchos will compete in their next tournament in Malibu, Calif. at the ITA Regionals from October 14-19.