Gauchos Take On USF and Cal In Weekend Showdown

Simon Freund (right) and Morgan Mays (left) look to propel their team to victory this weekend against No. 95 USF and No. 6 Cal
Simon Freund (right) and Morgan Mays (left) look to propel their team to victory this weekend against No. 95 USF and No. 6 Cal

Upcoming Matches
Match No. 5
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs No. 95 USF 
at Pebble Beach Tennis Club - Pebble Beach, Calif.

Match No. 6
Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 1:00pm
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at No. 6 Cal
at Cal's Hellman Tennis Complex - Berkeley, Calif.

Santa Barbara's Hot Streak

UCSB heads on it's fourth-consecutive road trip this season taking on the University of San Francisco and UC Berkely. The Gauchos, currently standing at 4-1 overall, are hot entering this weekend coming off a 4-3 win against Pacific and 6-1 blowout over Fresno State. 

History Against Bay Area Opponents

This weekend won't be the first time Santa Barbara has encountered these Bay Area opponents. Both USF and Cal participated in the UCSB Gaucho Classic this past October. While Berkely only played in the first day of competition, Santa Barbara saw a plethora action between the Dons throughout that weekend. The Gauchos had their struggles against San Francisco as Cody Rakela dropped a 6-2, 6-1 match against Mert Zincliri for third place in Flight A Singles and Teague Hamilton lost 6-4, 6-1 to Woravin Kumthonkittikul for sixth place in Flight B Singles. However, Chase Masciorini was able to pull out a 6-1, 7-6 win against Kumthonkittikul in single's play securing a fifth place finish in the classic. UCSB is also 1-1 in doubles play this year versus the Dons with Rakela/Hamilton scraping by USF's Paul Giraud/Kumthonkittikul 8-7 and Morgan Mays/Simon Freund falling 8-7 to Zincliri/Brockstedt.

Mays-Freund Doubles Connection

Morgan Mays and Simon Freund jumped up from the No. 12 to No. 8 spot in doubles play following this week's rankings by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The two have undoubtedly solidified their place as one of the top doubles team in the Big West and nonconference play has been a big part of this. Mays, a two-time All-Big West Athlete of the Week recipient, and Freund are 5-0 on the season with wins against San Diego State, Hawaii, and a notable victory against No. 24 Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu of UCLA. The two will be paired with a challenge this weekend as they take on No. 6 Cal's Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat. The two are currently ranked second in the nation in doubles play. Mays and Freund are coming off a 6-4 victory against Fresno State's Euan McIntosh and Patrik Pech February 12th.