November 10, 2009

Gaucho Tennis Faces Stern Competition at So Cal Intercollegiate

Nov. 10, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- The Gauchos failed to advance at the So Cal Intercollegiate Championships this past weekend as they faced strong opposition from Pepperdine, San Diego and Riverside.

Three of UC Santa Barbara's men's tennis players competed at the So Cal Intercollegiate Championships this past weekend. Scott Hohenstein was also slated to play, but he was still injured and had to withdraw from the tournament.

Junior Alex Konigsfeldt lost both of his matches to Pepperdine players. His first match was against Finn Tearney, whom he beat two weeks ago at the ITA Regionals. Konigsfeldt won the first set, 6-7, but lost the next two 5-7 and 6-0. He lost his final match to Sebastian Fanselow, 6-2, 7-6.

After losing to UC San Diego's Jake Fellow in three sets, 2-6, 6-2, (10-4), Senior Josh Finkelstein moved to the back draw of 16 where he defeated Eli Scandalis of San Diego, 6-1, 6-4. Finkelstein was then eliminated on Friday by Vincent Nguyen of UC San Diego, 7-6, 6-3.

Finkelstein and Konigsfeldt also competed together in the doubles flight of the tournament. They began their first match on Thursday with a win against San Diego's Abdullah Hashem and Eli Scandalis, 8-2. They were then defeated the next day by Renzo Maggi and Borja Malet of Loyola Marymount, 8-6.

Nick Caledonia was the third Gaucho competing in Los Angeles this weekend. He also lost his first match in three sets to UC Riverside's John Park, 3-6, 6-4, (10-8). He was pushed out of the tournament Thursday by Nics Schive of San Diego, 6-4, 4-0.

"It was a privilege for our guys to play in such a strong tournament with such a rich tradition, and they benefited from the experience," said Coach Marty Davis, "The quality of the tennis played at the event was really high."

The Gauchos will continue play at home this weekend as they host the UCSB Classic November 13-15 at the Recreational Center Courts.

UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.

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