Gauchos Send No. 61 Princeton Packing, Win 6-1

Cody Rakela (photo by Eric Isaacs) went undefeated on Sunday winning both singles and doubles play against the Tigers.
Cody Rakela (photo by Eric Isaacs) went undefeated on Sunday winning both singles and doubles play against the Tigers.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.- The UCSB men's tennis team routed No. 61 Princeton University on Sunday, beating the Tigers by a final score of 6-1.

The Gauchos are ranked 58th nationally and improve to 9-5 overall with the victory over the Tigers.

"It was a tight match throughout and much closer than the final score," said head coach Marty Davis. "We did a good job of staying poised and pulled out a hard-fought win."

After splitting the first two doubles matches of the day, Morgan Mays and Simon Freund paired off against Princeton duo and No. 26 ranked Alex Day and Luke Gamble. Despite a valiant effort by the No. 8 tandem, Mays and Freund were unable to hold off their counterpart falling 6-4 clinching the doubles point for the Tigers.

Trailing 1-0 after doubles, Santa Barbara kicked things into high gear capitalizing on a 6-0 run during singles play to fuel them to victory.

LSU transfer Simon Freund set things off cruising past Kial Kaiser 6-3, 6-3 for the Gauchos first point of the day. Freund has won three out of his last four singles matches.

On Court 2, Senior Morgan Mays recovered from his doubles bout beating out Alex Day with a final score of 6-4, 6-3. Mays is 8-6 in dual matches on the year.

In a tight-rope finish on Court 4, Cody Rakela finished strong against Princeton's Luke Gamble 7-5, 7-6 putting UCSB up 3-1 at the break. A major focal point for his team on Sunday, Rakela kept the Gauchos on pace winning 6-4 in doubles play to remain undefeated for the day. 

Despite maintaining a manageable lead, UCSB faced some opposition from the Tigers in their final three matches. Chase Masciorini, Anders Holm, and Nicolas Moreno de Alboran all battled through three sets to defeat their opponents and clinch their fourth home victory.  

The Gauchos will take their annual spring break road trip this week when they travel to Boise State on Thursday, Mar. 30. They will also play Drake in a match at Denver University on Saturday April 1 and then they play at DU on Sunday, April 2.

Doubles Play

1. No. 26 Alex Day/Luke Gamble (Princeton) def. No. 9 Morgan Mays/Simon Freund (UCSB) 6-4

2. Tom Colautti/Payton Holden (Princeton) def. Nicolas Moreno/Anders Holm (UCSB) 6-4

3. Cody Rakela/Kristian Prior (UCSB) def. Kial Kaiser/Diego Vives (Princeton) 6-4

Order of Finish: (2, 3, 1)

Singles Play

1. Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB) def. Tom Colautti (Princeton) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 
2. Morgan Mays (UCSB) def. Alex Day (Princeton) 6-3, 6-4  

3. Simon Freund (UCSB) def. Kial Kaiser (Princeton) 6-3, 6-3

4. Cody Rakela (UCSB) def. Luke Gamble (Princeton) 7-5, 7-6

5. Anders Holm (UCSB) def. Jummy Wasserman (Princeton) 3-6, 7-5, 6-0
6. Chase Masciorini (UCSB) def. Davey Roberts (Princeton) 6-2, 6-7, 6-3  


Order of Finish (2, 3, 4, 6, 5, 1)