EUGENE, Ore. - The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team began the road trip through the Pacific Northwest with a 4-0 defeat at the University of Oregon on Saturday. The final score marked the third straight victory for the Ducks to open the dual season, whereas the Gauchos will start 0-1 for the first time in five years.
"We played hard as a team today," Head Coach Marty Davis said. "We certainly have some optimism for the next game based on how we competed with a tough team today."
The number two (Guillin/Vedri) and three (Soto/Vukmanovic) doubles pairs for the Gauchos were defeated 6-3, giving the doubles point to Oregon, but Victor Krustev and Joseph Rotheram's battle on court one against #8 Ty Gentry and Joshua Charlton went unfinished at 3-3.
Coach Davis stressed how impressed he was with his number one duo, calling their inspired play a "highlight" of the dual meet.
Singles matches didn't fare much better for the Gauchos on the scorecard, but the story of Saturday was a consistent one: there was a lot of good for Davis to reflect on despite the loss.
Although their matches went unfinished, #8 Joseph Guillin and Joseph Rotheram held the advantage against their opponents. The senior co-captain was up on court one 6-4, 4-3, while Joey held serve at 6-4, 5-4 before the match was called.
Wilhelm Saiga fell 6-3, 6-1 on court six to Jesper Klov-Nilsson shortly after Alex Soto was defeated on court five by a score of 6-1, 6-4 to Luke Vandecasteele. The early hole proved costly for UCSB, as #14 Joshua Charlton completed the sweep with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Alejandro Vedri. The deciding match point was just moments before Joey could serve a potential game-winner on court four.
For the Gauchos, it is simply time to recalibrate. "We just have to get focused and check up on our mistakes before we hit the road again," Davis said. "We know what we have to do as a team to go out there and get a win."
UCSB will travel to the University of Washington for the second match of the season, which is slated to start at 12pm on Monday.