No. 4 seed UCSB Clashes with No. 5 seed UC Davis in Opening Round of Big West Championships

April 15, 2009

The Schedule
Friday, April 17, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.
No. 4 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 5 UC Davis
at the Big West Conference Championships (Indian Wells, Calif.)

(if Gauchos win)
Saturday, April, 18, 2009 at 9 a.m.
No. 4 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 1 Pacific
at the Big West Conference Championships (Indian Wells, Calif.)

If they win, they move on...if they lose, they go home.
The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team begin their quest for a fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament Friday afternoon against No. 5 seed UC Davis at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. With a win, the Gauchos will move on, clashing with No. 1 seed Pacific at 9 a.m. and inching closer to the Big West title. Since coach Marty Davis has took over the reigns for the Gauchos, UCSB has won the title and reached the NCAA tournament five times in his career. This year, the men of blue and yellow finished fourth in the Big West, capturing a 3-2 conference record (8-12 overall).

The Road to the Big West Championship
The Gauchos opened their Big West schedule on Feb. 14, defeating UC Davis, 5-2. After two rained out matches up north and a win against Utah, the UCSB men played two conference matches at home against UC Irvine and UC Riverside. The Gauchos split the two matches, dropping a 6-1 match against Irvine and blasting Riverside with the same score. On March 28, the Gauchos faced Pacific, who currently holds the best record in the Big West and a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. The match came down to the wire with UCSB down a point, but the Gauchos rallied back to pull off the come-from-behind upset, 4-3. However, coach Marty Davis and the Gauchos ended their Big West schedule on a sour note, getting edged 4-3 by Cal Poly at home. Since then, the Gauchos have rebounded well, going 2-1 and notching victories over No. 62 San Diego and Loyola Marymount to finish off their 2009 campaign.

Team Fire
The duo of Scott Hohenstein and Evan Jurgensen (9-6 overall) have been lighting up the No. 2 slot in doubles action in the past few weeks. In the last three matches, the pair is undefeated, notching victories over No. 34 San Diego State, No. 62 San Diego and Loyola Marymount. In their most recent bout, the Gaucho duo manhandled Ivan Lopez and Nick Vanderrahe, 8-3. The Gauchos' No. 2 doubles squad will look to help UCSB claim the opening point in Friday's match against No. 5 UC Davis to gain the early edge and take their team into the semifinals of the Big West Championships.