BOISE, Id.- In a tightly contested match from start to finish, the UCSB Men's Tennis team pulled out a hard-fought victory on the road Thursday afternoon rallying past Boise State (4-17) with a final score of 5-2. The Gauchos open up their three-game road trip with a win and now stand at 10-5 overall.
Despite their losing record, the Broncos made it clear they were an experienced and well-prepared team that could compete.
Starting off with doubles, all three matches came down to wire until the Gauchos pulled away winning 2-0.
No. 9 ranked doubles pair Morgan Mays and Simon Freund took the first victory of the day on Court 1 defeating Pedro Platzeck and Brian Tran 7-5. On Court 3, Cody Rakela and Kristian Prior followed with a win of their own outing Kyle Butters and Ryland McDermott by the same score 7-5.
Capturing the doubles point for Santa Barbara, the Gauchos were tested out the gates in singles play as five out of their six matches went to three sets.
Cody Rakela fortified why he was this week's Big West Player of the Week recipient cruising past Boise's Morgan Stone 6-2, 6-2 respectively to put UCSB up 2-0.
Nicolas Moreno de Alboran then gave Santa Barbara some breathing room overcoming a tied match at 1-1 to beat ace Jack Heslin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 for the Gauchos third straight point.
The Broncos then responded with a win of their own as Greg Wischer overcame a 4-3 deficit in the third set to beat Chase Masciorini 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.
With the score 3-1, Anders Holm swung the momentum back in Santa Barbara's favor edging out Platzeck 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 to put the game out of reach for Boise State.
Morgan Mays took a first set lead against Kyle Butters and finished out the day with a 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 victory.
Despite winning the first set 7-5, Simon Freund was unable to sweep the Broncos' Brian Tran losing his final two sets 3-6, 5-7 to end the day.
The Gauchos close out the month of March winning three out of their last four finishing and a record of 5-3.
UCSB is back in action this Saturday as they take on Drake University. The Bulldogs are 12-9 on the year coming off a 3-4 defeat to No. 18 Cornell on March 22. Drake is led by Missouri Valley Conference Athlete of the Week Vinny Gillespie. Gillespie is 9-4 overall and 6-0 in No. 1 singles.
The Gauchos will square off against Drake at 1 p.m. at Denver University.
UCSB 5, Boise State 2
March 30, 2017
Boise, Idaho (Boas Indoor Tennis Center)
1. #9 Simon Freund/Morgan Mays (UCSB) def. Pedro Platzeck/Brian Tran (BSU) 7-5
2. Anders Holm/Nicolas Moreno (UCSB) def. Greg Wischer/Jack Heslin (BSU) 7-6 (5)
3. Kristian Prior/Cody Rakela (UCSB) def. Kyle Butters/Ryland McDermott (BSU) 7-5
Order of finish: 2,1,3
1. Morgan Mays (UCSB) def. Kyle Butters (BSU) 6-2, 5-7, 7-5
2. Nicolas Moreno (UCSB) def. Jack Heslin (BSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
3. Brian Tran (BSU) def. Simon Freund (UCSB) 5-7, 6-3, 7-5
4. Anders Holm (UCSB) def. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
5. Cody Rakela (UCSB) def. Morgan Stone (BSU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Greg Wischer (BSU) def. Chase Masciorini (UCSB) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
Order of finish: 5,2,6,4,1,3