Gauchos Grind Through Tough Match, Edge Out New Mexico 4-3

Cody Rakela (photo by Eric Isaacs)
Cody Rakela (photo by Eric Isaacs)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.- The UCSB men's tennis team took home a hard-fought victory Friday afternoon beating out New Mexico University with a final score of 4-3. Following a two-game skid against No. 22 Oregon and No. 9 Baylor the Gauchos were able to reboot and clinch their second home win of the season. This pins Santa Barbara with a record of 7-4 overall, 1-0 in conference play. 

Similar to their previous matches the Gauchos were tested early on by the Lobos. In doubles, Morgan Mays and Simon Freund snapped their 8-game winning streak at No. 1 falling to Ricky Hernandez-Tong and Rodolfo Jauregui 7-6 (8). This secured the doubles point for the Lobos and put Santa Barbara behind heading into singles play for only the second time this season. 

The Gauchos adjusted, however, reeling in three straight victories on courts 3, 4, and 1 to gain back the advantage. Simon Freund took the first singles point of the day defeating the Lobos' Jauregui 6-2, 6-1. Anders Holm then followed with a win of his own beating Dominic West 6-4, 6-4. With another win by Morgan Mays 7-6, 7-5, against Bart Van Leijsen Santa Barbara appeared to be in the driver's seat with a comfortable lead. 

New Mexico fought their way back into the game however as Hernandez-Tong topped Nicolas Moreno de Alboran 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 and Sean Baklini tight-roped past Chase Masciorini 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 to put his team back in position. 

The match came down to the wire on court 5 as Cody Rakela faced off against Jorge Escutia for the deciding match point. Pushing it to three sets, the junior pulled away for the victory winning 6-4,5-7, 6-3.

UCSB has the weekend off before hosting another tough challenger in No. 31 TCU. The match between the two teams is set for March 13 at 1:30 p.m. The game will be played at the UCSB RecCen Tennis courts.

 

UCSB 4, New Mexico 3

March 10, 2017

RecCen Tennis Courts

 

Doubles

1. Ricky Hernandez-Tong/Rodolfo Jaregui (NM) def. Morgan Mays/Simon Freund (UCSB) 7-6

2. Nicolas Moreno/Anders Holm (UCSB) def. Bart Van Leijsen/Dominic (NM) 6-4

3. Sean Baklini/Jorge Escutia (NM) def. Cody Rakela/Kristian Prior (UCSB) 6-1

Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1

Singles

1.Morgan Mays (UCSB) def. Bart Van Leijsen (NM) 7-6, 7-5

2. Ricky Hernandez-Tong (NM) def. Nicolas Moreno (UCSB) 3-6, 7-6, 6-2

3. Simon Freund (UCSB) def. Rodolfo Jauregui (NM) 6-1, 6-2

4. Anders Holm (UCSB) def. Dominic West (NM) 6-4, 6-4

5. Cody Rakela (UCSB) def. Jorge Escutia (NM) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3

6. Sean Baklini (NM) def. Chase Masciorini (UCSB) 6-2, 7-5, 6-3

Order of Finish: 3, 4, 1, 2, 6, 5