UCSB Captures Second Place Finishes at Oracle Masters, Battle in the Bay

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

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — UC Santa Barbara's Simon Freund and doubles pair, Nicolas Moreno de Alboran and Anders Holm both had opportunities on Sunday to take home a title in their first tournament appearances of the season, however, both fell short of the task at hand in hard fought matches that went down to the wire.

Freund concluded his run at the 2017 Oracle ITA Masters with a chance to take home the consolation singles title, but failed to do so after losing in three sets, 6-7(8), 6-1, 7-6(3) against Appalachian State's Scott Webster.

The Sweeden native began the match strong taking a set that went the distance as Freund would need 10 points to knock off Webster and win the tiebreaker.

Freund was able to accomplish this in large part due to his perfect 6/6 performance in break points saved, while also winning 7/16 second serve return points.

Momentum shifted in the second set as Webster was able to take it with ease after converting 67 percent (6/9) in both his first serve return and second serve return points. Freund had his share of mistakes in the set as well as he committed three double faults and was only able to convert 50 percent (9/18) of his first serves.

The concluding set would again turn into a back and forth tennis match which would need a tiebreaker to decide, however, this one went in favor of Webster. Freund held on as long as he could, as he saved 5/7 break points in the set, but the senior would fall after he failed to return Webster's final serve.

At the Battle in the Bay Classic, Moreno de Alboran and Holm's faced Pacific's Akram El Sallaly and Bernardo Oliveira for a chance to take home the doubles title.

The UCSB pair fought hard throughout the match but would ultimately fall in a tiebreaker that also went the distance, 8-7(6).

For a while, it seemed as though Moreno de Alboran and Holm's would win the title decisively as they held a 4-1 advantage early in the match. The pacific pair rallied to make it 3-4 and would continue winning their service points to continue being down only one game before tying the match at 6-6.

Moreno de Alboran and Holm's best opportunity to win the match came after taking the 7-6 lead as the pair need to win just one more game to win the match. The duo's best efforts were thwarted as El Sallaly and Oliveira again won their service point tying the match at 7-7 and proceeded to take the tiebreaker and the championship.

After the doubles disappointment, Moreno de Alboran and Holm each participated in an additional singles match that took place on Sunday afternoon.

Moreno de Alboran faced one part of the USC duo he helped take out earlier in the tournament, Laurens Verboven and managed to beat him in singles play as well winning the match 7-6(3), 6-7(3), 1-0(7).

Holm faced Portland's Mathieu Garcia and won with a bit more ease than his UCSB counterpart taking winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.

UC Santa Barbara's next tournament will begin on Monday, October 2nd in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the All-American Championships.