UCSB Opens 2006 Campaign at Home With Saturday Twinbill, BYU Invades Monday

UCSB Opens 2006 Campaign at Home With Saturday Twinbill, BYU Invades Monday

Jan. 20, 2006

This Week
Saturday, Januuary 21, 2006 at 9:00 a.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Westmont College Warriors
At UCSB's Recreation Cener Courts

Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Fresno Pacific Sunbirds
At UCSB's Recreation Center Courts

Monday, January 23, 2006 at 1:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. No. 63 BYU Cougars
At UCSB's Recreation Center Courts

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 1:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. No. 20 USC Trojans
At USC Tennis Stadium

Let's Play Two
The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team will open the 2006 dual match season with a doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 21. The Gauchos will play a morning match against crosstown opponent Westmont College beginning at 9:00 a.m., and then they will come back at 1:00 p.m. to host Fresno Pacific. Both matches will be played on UCSB's Recreation Center Courts.

Cougars Come To Town
UCSB will get little rest following its twinbill on Saturday. On Monday, Jan. 23, the Gauchos host 63rd-ranked BYU in a 1:30 p.m. match at the Recreation Center Courts. The lineup for the match against the Cougars will likely be determined by Saturday's results. After playing BYU, UCSB will travel to play at 20th-ranked USC on Tuesday.

Davis Enters Seventh Season
Marty Davis enters his seventh season as the head coach of the UCSB men's tennis team. Davis enters the year with a dual match record of 68-70, including 23-12 in Big West play. A two-time Big West Coach of the Year (2002 and 2003), Davis has guided the Gauchos to a pair of league tournament crowns and NCAA Tournament appearances (2002 and 2003). An accomplished professional player, the graduate of Cal played 12 years on tour, finishing in the top-50 in prize winnings five times. He also finished ranked among the top-100 in singles seven times. Davis climbed as high as 47th in singles in 1985. As a professional player, he played in 35 Grand Slam events, reaching the semifinals in doubles at the Australian Open twice and the quarterfinals at both Wimbledon and the French Open. A four-year member of the tennis team at Cal, he helped lead the Golden Bears to four top-10 NCAA finishes and in 1980, Davis' senior year, they won the national indoor title and finished second in the NCAA Tournament. In October of 2005, Davis was inducted into his alma mater's Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Sure Things
As the season opens for UCSB, there are only two players are virtually locks at their positions in the lineup. Senior Nick Brotman, a First Team All-Big West selection in singles and doubles in 2005, and junior Elad Stern, a Second Team All-Big West choice as a doubles player in 2004, are slated to play at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. Brotman recorded an 8-12 overall singles record in 2005, going 6-8 in dual match play. Last year, Brotman played primarily at No. 2. Stern was 14-17 while playing at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 singles. In his two seasons, the native of Haifa, Israel, has recorded 33 overall singles victories.

The Rest Of The Story
While the rest of the UCSB lineup is not set in stone, there are some strong candidates to fill positions. Sophomore Anders Dalskov recorded an overall record of 18-13 in 2005, going 14-10 in dual matches while playing at No. 5 and No. 6. Senior Hagen Brody, who along with Stern is a co-Captain, was 8-4 overall last year and 4-1 in dual matches at No. 6, he will compete for playing time again this season. Also battling for spots will be a host of freshmen. Bijan Hejazi (Santa Clara, Calif./Cupertino HS), who was ranked No. 19 nationally in under-18 singles, could be the top first-year Gaucho. He as also ranked No. 6 in northern California. Scott Hohenstein (Anaheim, Calif./Canyon HS) should immediately become a weapon in Davis' arsenal, particularly in doubles. Arguably the top prep doubles player in southern California last year, Hohenstein.

Local Flavor
A third freshman that could impact UCSB fortunes in 2006 is Grant Robertson, a product of the successful program at nearby Santa Barbara High School. Robertson earned a No. 30 ranking in southern California under-18. He was once the Channel League Most Valuable Player and he was a three-time All-Channel League selection. He could work his way into the lineup.

More Youth
Carsten Thorstensen (Drobak, Norway/Wang HS) and Max Taylor (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) are the final two freshmen expected contribute in 2006. Thorstensen was one of the most pleasant surprises in the fall season and the 6-foot-5 Norwegian may be a starter from the word go. Taylor, who was ranked as high as No. 29 in the nation and No. 1 in northern California in under-18's, is a versatile player who will have an opportunity to contribute.