Gauchos Head North for Pair of Matches; Mays/Freund Jump to No. 12 Nationally

Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (photo by Eric Isaacs)
Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (photo by Eric Isaacs)

Upcoming Matches
Match No. 3
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at University of the Pacific Tigers
at Pacific's Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center - Stockton, Calif.

Match No. 4
Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 12:00pm
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Fresno State Bulldogs
at FSU's Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center - Fresno, Calif.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its weekend matches at Pacific and Fresno State with a record of 2-1. The Gauchos opened the campaign with wins over Hawai'i (7-0) and San Diego State (7-0) before falling at nationally-ranked UCLA (5-2) on Jan. 21.

• Gauchos Face-Off Against Recent Opponents
This weekend, UC Santa Barbara will travel north to face off against two non-Big West Conference opponents, Pacific and Fresno State. The Central California foes competed in the UCSB Classic in October. At the UCSB Classic, senior Morgan Mays defeated Miguel Diaz of Pacific 6-2, 6-3 and Nicolas Moreno defeated Youssef Hassan of Fresno State 6-3, 6-4 in the A Flight Singles. Also, in the A Flight Doubles, Mays and Moreno defeated the Pacific duo of Diaz and Ross Watson, 8-4.

• The Gauchos Dynamic Double Tandem
The doubles team of Morgan Mays and Simon Freund jumped from No. 19 in the nation to No. 12 in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association Rankings that were released this week. In October, Mays and Freund won the ITA Southwest Regional Championship. Mays is ranked 6th regionally in singles, as well. The Gaucho pair made it to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships where they they defeated the top-ranked tandem of Julian Cash and Arjun Kadhe Oklahoma State University at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, advancing to the quarterfinals. Notable doubles victories earlier this season include victories against UCLA's Maxime Cressy and Martin Redlicki in a season-opening dual match two weeks ago, and a victory over Cal Poly's Corey Pang and Ben Donovan.

• Look to Continue Big West Excellence
Last season the Gauchos won their second consecutive Big West Conference Tournament title and to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. This season, the Gauchos seem to be on track to compete for the championship once again. Returnees Morgan Mays, Nicolas de Alboran and Teague Hamilton played in a few of those big matches at the end of last season and are poised to lead the team to more success this year. Last season head coach Marty Davis mentioned, "[Last season was] the best regular season the program has had in 20 years." UCSB has been a force in the Big West Conference in recent years and this season may top last season.