UCSB Juniors Krustev, Rotheram, Knock off Rust at 2019 Battle in the Bay Classic

Credit/Tony Mastres
Credit/Tony Mastres

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara juniors Victor Krustev and Joseph Rotheram return from the 2019 Battle in the Bay Classic after they both fell in the round of 32 in the Men's Singles bracket.

The pair that went 8-4 overall sharing a court last season will head back to Gaucho territory aiming for a deeper run in their next tournament appearance, which for them looks to be from the comforts of home at the UCSB Classic on October 11.

Rotheram earned a qualifying-round win over David Woodland (San Francisco) in three sets before he was defeated by Timothy Sah (Stanford) in two sets. Krustev, already pre-qualified, received a tough draw versus the number two seed in the tournament Ondrej Styler (Michigan).

Krustev and Styler played a close match with Styler breaking out of the first set with a 7-6(3) win. The second set went to the wire as well with the final score of 7-6(4) in favor of Styler.

Sixth-seeded Parker Wynn (Texas Tech) and Luc Fomba of TCU handed Rotheram and Krustev, respectively, their final singles losses of the tournament in the consolation draw.

The Rotheram-Krustev duo earned a win in the opening round of the Doubles draw over Yuta Kikuchi and Kent Hunter (Cal), before losing in the quarterfinals to a tough pair from Oklahoma, Mason Beiler and William Genesen.

Associate Head Coach Blake Muller, who oversaw the duo at the Battle in the Bay, will begin preparing Rotheram, Krustev, and the rest of the Gauchos for a tournament title defense at the UCSB Classic.

The Gauchos look ahead to next weekend's Oracle Masters Tournament in Malibu, Calif., where senior Joseph Guillin (ranked 28th in the Oracle/ITA rankings) is expected to receive an invitation.

Singles competition

Joseph Rotheram (UC Santa Barbara) def. David Woodland (San Francisco) 6-1, 6-7 (0-7), 6-4 rr
Timothy Sah (Stanford) def. Joseph Rotheram (UC Santa Barbara) 6-3, 7-5 32
Ondrej Styler (2) (Michigan) def. Victor Krustev (UC Santa Barbara) 7-6 (3-0), 7-6 (4-0) 32
Parker Wynn (6) (Texas Tech) def. Joseph Rotheram (UC Santa Barbara) 6-1, 6-2 cl
Luc Fomba (TCU) def. Victor Krustev (UC Santa Barbara) 7-6 (6-0), 6-7 (0-6), 1-0 (7-0) cl 

Doubles competition

Victor Krustev/Joseph Rotheram (UC Santa Barbara) def. Yuta Kikuchi/Kent Hunter (California) 8-3 16
Mason Beiler/William Genesen (Oklahoma) def. Victor Krustev/Joseph Rotheram (UC Santa Barbara) 8-3 qf