MALIBU, Calif. - Junior Joseph Guillin and senior Nicolas Moreno de Alboran made history on Saturday as each player earned a pair of wins in the main draw of the singles portion of the tournament to advance to the Quarterfinals tomorrow. This is the first time in program history that two Gauchos have made it to the Quarters of the prestigious ITA Southwest Regional.
"I am very happy, everyone played a very high level of tennis today not just the main guys so it was great to see," Head Coach Marty Davis said. "We have a great chance to do some special things and I just want to see us play well tomorrow."
Starting with Moreno de Alboran, the senior ace was able to advance to the quarters after two pretty easy wins. First, he faced USC's Bradley Frye and he handled the freshman with ease beating him 6-3, 6-4. The New York native then went on to beat Arizona's Alejandro Requant-Bicardi 6-3, 6-4 in the Round of 16.
Moreno de Alboran will now face USC's Logan Smith tomorrow at 10 a.m. Smith, currently ranked No. 104 in the country, is coming off a win against Cal Poly's Josh Ortlip.
For Guillin, the day started out easy as he blew past San Diego's David Norfeldt, 6-1, 6-2 to then face Arizona's Igor Karpovets. Karpovets defeated fellow Gaucho Joseph Rotheram in the first day of action and would look to add another UCSB player to his win list.
For the most part, the match went back and forth and Guillin was pushed to three sets, but the junior prevailed defeating Karpovets by set scores of 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. He will now face USC's Daniel Cukierman, ranked No. 31 in the country, tomorrow at 10 a.m. The two met last season in the NCAA First Round match and played a tremendous match that had no result.
"Joe is going to have a tough day. Last season he jumped out on Cukierman but then he rallied back and we really didn't get to see how it would end," Davis said. "Still I am excited for him and he is just going to have to play tough."
Victor Krustev was another Gaucho participating in the main draw of the tournament and he also had his share of success. First, he defeated one of LMU's top players, Lukas Moenter, in a tough three-setter, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5. He would, unfortunately, lose in the next round to USC's Jake Devine 7-6(3), 6-0 as the fatigue set in. Krustev is now eliminated from the tournament.
Hironori Koyanagi was the last Gaucho participating in the main singles draw, but he lost a very tough match to start the day. Facing USD's August Holmgren, Koyanagi was a bit outmatched losing 6-4, 6-2.
In consolation play, the big news came from redshirt freshman Luka Vukamonovic who picked up the first collegiate win of his career after defeating GCU's Nico Macedo 1-6, 6-0, 10-4. He would lose in the next round, however, eliminating him from the tournament.
Rotheram was another Gaucho in action and he did his part defeating Cal Poly's Cambell Nakayama in straight sets. The sophomore will now prep for two consolation matches tomorrow beginning with a match against GCU's Valentin Lang.
In doubles, only one of the three Gaucho pairs managed to advance once the day's action was said and done. UCSB's top pair comprised of Moreno de Alboran and Anders Holm took care of business blanking Pepperdine's Felipe Galvao / Scotland Garapedian, 8-0.
Pairs comprised of Krustev/Rotheram and Guillin/Koyanagi both played well but lost by the same score of 8-6. Guillin/Koyanagi lost to USC's Bradley Frye / Laurens Verboven, the same pair Moreno de Alboran and Holm will face tomorrow at 9 a.m.
Tomorrow will be very interesting as in order for any of the remaining Gauchos to advance in the main draw of both singles and doubles they will each need to get past some Trojans, a program that has historically been at the top at the end of most seasons.
"Anyday we beat a Trojan or a Bruin it is a great day and honestly, if we were to beat Trojans across well that would be a perfect day. I believe in my guys and I am excited to see how it goes," Davis said.
The ITA Southwest regional will continue tomorrow with one doubels, one singles and two consolation match all beginning at 9.m. at Pepperdine University. Follow @UCSBTennis for any and all updates.