April 22, 2009
UC Santa Barbara's Alex Konigsfeldt is named co-Big West Player of the Year along with Pacific's Moritz Starke. The sophomore standout is the third Gaucho in the last four years to claim the Big West Player of the Year award. Konigsfeldt, a native of Vedbaek, Denmark, climbed to the top spot on the Gaucho singles ladder when regular No. 1 player Philip Therp, the 2008 Big West Player of the Year, was lost for the season early on due to injury. Konigsfeldt responded with a 9-8 record at No. 1 and finished 10-12 overall in dual matches. He came up huge for UCSB in last week's Big West Tournament when he defeated fellow first team all-conference foes Starke and UC Irvine's Steven Henderson to help UCSB to the title. Konigsfeldt also won all three of his doubles matches with teammate Josh Finkelstein in the conference tournament.
UC Santa Barbara coach Marty Davis was also highlighted in the Big West's announcement of the men's tennis all-conference team, garnering Big West Coach of the Year award. Davis received the top coaching honor for the fourth straight year and sixth time overall in his 10th season at UCSB. Davis led the Gauchos to an 11-12 regular season mark. Despite earning the No. 4 seed in the Big West Tournament, the Gauchos won the event for the fourth straight season after defeating UC Davis, Pacific and UC Irvine in Indian Wells. The title qualified UCSB for the NCAA Championships for the sixth time under Davis.
Junior Josh Finkelstein also garnered in first team singles and doubles honors. Finkelstein finished his season with an outstanding 12-3 dual match record and went 9-6 at the No. 1 slot in doubles.
Senior Max Taylor and junior Scott Hohenstein rounded out the rest of the Big West honors in singles competition. Taylor, who played utility man for UCSB, notched a 6-15 record playing over three positions. However, the lone senior won when it counted, raking in a perfect 6-0 career record in post season play and help notch four consecutive Big West titles for the Gauchos. Hohenstein earned honorable mention I singles play and was recognized for his work in doubles competition teaming with sophomore Evan Jurgensen. The duo totaled a 9-6 dual match record at the No. 3 slot.