Malibu, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara let a doubles point and a 3-2 lead slip away as they wrapped up a weekend road trip against the Pepperdine Waves, falling 3-4 at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center on Sunday.
"We couldn't get over the finish line in a very good match against a really good team," said Head Coach Marty Davis.
The Gauchos exploded out of the gate with a strong doubles performance. Joseph Guillin and Alejandro Vedri opened up with a 6-2 win on court two while Victor Krustev and Joey Rotheram clinched the point on court one, 6-2 . Court three went unsettled when Alex Soto and Luka Vukmanovic held out to a 5-3 stalemate.
Singles matchups proved to be too much for UCSB to handle. After clinching the match on Saturday, Vedri was the first off in a 1-6, 2-6 loss. With the score now tied, Soto was dropped in two sets on court five to give the edge to Pepperdine.
No. 8 Guillin secured an undefeated weekend with his court one victory against No. 38 Corrado Summaria, and Joseph Rotheram brought the Gauchos within one with a 6-3, 7-6 win. Luka Vukmanovic and Joshua Williams lost close matches on two and six to break the tie and give the victory to Pepperdine.
The Waves remain undefeated on the season at 4-0, while the Gauchos fall to 2-4 and head home for a shorter week before the Fresno State Bulldogs roll into town on Thursday. The match is scheduled for 1PM at the Rec Cen Courts.
Tennis Match Results
UCSB vs PEPP
Feb 01, 2020 at Malibu, Calif.
(Ralphs-Straus Tennis Ctr)
PEPP 4, UCSB 3
1. Joseph Guillin (UCSB) def. Summaria,Corrado (PEPPM) 6-3, 6-4
2. Oetzbach,Adrian (PEPPM) def. Victor Krustev (UCSB) 7-6, 6-2
3. Zeitvogel,Tim (PEPPM) def. Alejandro Vedri (UCSB) 6-1, 6-2
4. Joseph Rotheram (UCSB) def. Rico,Enrique Luque (PEPPM) 6-3, 7-6
5. Shelton,Robert (PEPPM) def. Alex Soto Dominguez (UCSB) 6-2, 6-3
6. Fellin, Pietro (PEPPM) def. Joshua Williams (UCSB) 6-4, 6-4
1. Victor Krustev/Joseph Rotheram (UCSB) def. Zeitvogel,Tim/Rico,Enrique Luque (PEPPM) 6-2
2. Joseph Guillin/Alejandro Vedri (UCSB) def. Summaria,Corrado/Fellin, Pietro (PEPPM) 6-2
3. Shelton,Robert/Oetzbach,Adrian (PEPPM) def. Alex Soto Dominguez/Luka Vukmanovic (UCSB) 5-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,5,1,4,6,2)