April 16, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. PT
UC Santa Barbara vs. the University of Utah Utes
at the Eccles Tennis Center
Saturday, April 19, 2008 at noon PT
UC Santa Barbara vs. Brigham Young University Cougars
at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts
Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. PT
UC Santa Barbara vs. Boise State University Broncos
at the Appleton Tennis Center
The End is Near
After dropping a disheartening 6-1 decision to No. 13 Pepperdine, the UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team finds itself falling back five slots in the ITA rankings this week, registering in at No. 65. However, the Gauchos have made a late season run where it counts, defeating conference rivals UC Davis on April 6 and Pacific on April 7, proving to be the Big West team to beat come late April in the Big West Championships. UCSB also has a chance to improve its national rankings this week, clashing with top-ranked Utah and Boise State. Though wins at the respective places will not come that easy as the Gauchos are a measly 2-5 against ranked opponents. The only wins for UCSB came from then ranked 43rd Harvard on March 25 and then ranked 53rd UC Irvine on March 8.
In Between a Rock and a Hard Place
The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team will wrap up its 2008 campaign in the Midwest, clashing with two top-ranked opponents, No. 64 Utah and No. 35 Boise State. First, the Gauchos will travel to Salt Lake City to take on the red-hot University of Utah squad. Since April 4, the boys of crimson and white have gone on a rampage, winning their last five matches, including a 4-3 topping of No. 34 TCU and a 5-2 crushing of No. 48 San Diego State. Their last win came at the hands of UC Santa Barbara's Saturday opponent, BYU, earning Utah a share of the Mountain West Conference Title and a 13-9 overall record
After their stop in Salt Lake City, the UCSB men will travel to Brovo, Utah to face the BYU men's tennis team. Recently, the Cougars have been struggling, losing five of their last seven matches and are currently on a two-game skid. However, the Cougars boast wins over Cal Poly and San Diego State, two teams that UCSB struggled against. The win will not come easy for the Gauchos as BYU will try and capitalize on senior day and improve upon its 14-11 overall record.
The Gauchos will finally end their 2008 campaign in Boise, Idaho where they will be met by top-ranked Boise State. The Broncos are currently riding a nine-match winning streak improving their overall record to 19-10 on the season. Their last two matches, the Broncos knocked off Western Athletic Conference opponent University of Idaho 6-1 while also topping No. 61-ranked University of San Diego, 6-1 at the Appleton Outdoor Tennis Center. Boise State, who is led by No. 60 Clancy Shields and No. 81 Luke Shields in singles, will have their hands full this Sunday as they host a double-header against UC Santa Barbara at 11:00 a.m. and then battle Weber State at 6 p.m.
Big West Right around the Corner
After this crowded weekend, the Gauchos will try to defend their Big West Championship when they travel to Indian Wells for the league's championship tournament from April 25-27.