SANTA BARBARA, Calif.- UCSB ace Joseph Guillin bounced back from a humbling 6-0, 6-2 first round loss to Athell Bennett of Purdue yesterday, to post a win over Tulsa's Juan Pablo Cenoz 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the back draw today. The winner of the consolation draw earns an automatic invite to the ITA Fall Nationals in Newport Beach, CA next month.
Guillin rallied from down 0-4 in the first set to secure his straight set win and continue on in the consolation bracket.
Joe will square off against CAL's number one, Yuta Kikuchi, Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The match is slated for 12:30pm and fans can live stream the match here: https://www.itatennis.com/
Meanwhile, back in paradise, the UCSB Classic kicks off tomorrow at all three campus tennis facilities. The 'A' Flight will be played at the Rec Cen courts, 'B' Flight at the Rob Gym facility and the 'C' Flight will be at the Stadium Road courts. Play will begin Friday at 1pm and continue all day Saturday from 9am-5pm with the tournament concluding Sunday morning.
Redshirt junior Joseph Rotheram shed some light on what it takes to carry over success from the past to the present. Rotheram took home the 'B' flight singles championship and the 'A' flight doubles consolation title with Victor Krustev.
"From last year, I really try to focus on being positive and not letting negative things affect me," said Rotheram on Tuesday. "I just try not to worry too much about the opponent, strategically worry about them, but if its out of my control, just try to stay in a positive mindset."
Rotheram kicks off his UCSB Classic in the 'A' flight against Mathew Tsolakyan (UCLA) on Friday.