March 6, 2009

Gauchos Head to Lone Star State, Take on UT-Arlington, SMU

March 6, 2009

The Schedule
Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Texas Christian University
at the Turpin Tennis Stadium

Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. University of Texas-Arlington
at UTA Tennis Center

Let's Get You Caught Up
The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team has been rolling as of late, winning its last three out of four matches to improve its overall record to 4-5. In that span, the men of blue and yellow have outscored their opponents 17-11. Last week, the Gauchos split two matches at home against Big West conference teams. On Friday (Feb. 27) the UCSB men were shut down 6-1 against UC Irvine, but responded two days later with a 6-1 shellacking of UC Riverside. Now the Gauchos will try their luck in the Lone Star state when they take on the University of Texas-Arlington and SMU.

Who's Hot?
Alex Konigsfeldt has been heating up at the No. 1 slot in the last three weeks, taking over for injured Philip Therp. The native of Vedbaek, Denmark, is 3-1 at the top spot recently taking down UC Riverside's Gorjan Kovacevic and Utah's Phillip Eilers. The sophomore standout has been just as good at doubles, partnering with Josh Finkelstein to take three of their last four matches at the No. 1 position. With an abysmal start, Konigsfeldt has improved his record to 4-6 in both singles and doubles.

Down South
The UT-Arlington men's tennis team resides at one match over .500 (5-4 overall). Its most impressive win of the season came at the hands of division rival Lamar. In the past three weeks, the Mavericks have posted a 4-1 record, only losing to Witchita State in that span. Arlington will clash with UTSA on Friday before duking it out with the Gauchos the following day.

SMU Horsepower
SMU is presently 7-7 overall before heading into to Mustangs have not been running all that well as of late, dropping their last four of five matches. Their slump is due in large part to the three ranked teams that they have faced in that span. This weekend, SMU will have a three home stand in which Santa Barbara will be smack dab in the middle.