Apr 10, 2017
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.- Santa Barbara ended their two-game road trip on Monday taking down conference opponent UC Davis (11-7) with a final score of 5-2. Extending their win streak to seven matches, UCSB (14-5) now stands atop of the Big West standings with a conference record of 2-0.
"This was a solid team win for us today," Head Coach Marty Davis said. "Doubles was close and we came up a bit short but overall a very satisfying match for us."
Despite a slow start in doubles play to open the match, the Gauchos stayed consistent throughout using their experience in singles to pull out the victory.
With doubles tied at one match apiece, the No. 19 ranked pair Morgan Mays and Simon Freund fought closely but eventually fell to the freshman-junior tandem of David Goulak and Tommy Lam 6-4.
The Gauchos responded, however, assembling a run of their own and taking the first five of six singles matches to propel them for the win.
Simon Freund kicked things for his team clinching a 6-3, 6-0 victory over opponent Bryce McKelvie.
With wins at the No. 1, 4, and 2 spots from Mays, Anders Holm, and Nicolas Moreno, Cody Rakela battled through his sets until seizing Santa Barbara's final point, a 7-5, 7-6 win over Davis' Eli Whittle. The match was out of reach for Davis after this point.
"I think our singles play showed true grit and how we were able to bounce back from doubles and steer the match in our favor, said Davis. " We made a big statement in singles today."
The Gauchos look to keep things rolling approaching another road trip stand this weekend against Big West opponents UC Irvine (17-3) and UC Riverside (13-14). Santa Barbara's match at UCI is scheduled for Saturday, April 15th, followed by a trip to UCR on Sunday, April 16th.
"[Today's match] was a great first step in defending our Big West title," Davis said.
No. 49 UC Santa Barbara (14-5, 2-0) at UC Davis (11-7, 2-1)
April 10, 2017 at Davis, Calif. (Marya Welch Tennis Center)
No. 49 UC Santa Barbara 5, UC Davis 2
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1*
1. Morgan Mays (UCSB) def. Alec Adamson (UCD), 6-3, 6-0
2. Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (UCSB) def. James Wade (UCD), 7-6, 6-2
3. Simon Freund (UCSB) def. Bryce McKelvie (UCD), 6-3, 6-0
4. Anders Holm (UCSB) def. Everett Maltby (UCD), 6-4, 6-4
5. Cody Rakela (UCSB) def. Eli Whittle (UCD), 7-5, 7-6
6. Max Pham (UCD) def. Chase Masciorini (UCSB), 6-4, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 4, 2*, 5, 6