Santa Barbara Athletics News
Apr 13, 2018
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – 11 games, 11 wins for the UC Santa Barbara men’s tennis team at home this year as after blanking UC Davis 7-0, UCSB completed one of its loftiest goals it set for itself this season; not lose a match in Santa Barbara.
“Today was tough, a really competitive match but thanks to our fans who helped us finish perfect at home and great job to all these guys especially our senior captain Simon Freund,” Head Coach Marty Davis said.
Along with that, UCSB (14-6 overall, 3-0 Big West) has also won six-straight matches, its best streak of the season.
Friday’s home finale also marked the end of two brilliant Gaucho careers as Simon Freund ended his two-year run at UCSB since transferring from LSU and Chase Masciorini ended his four-year stint as a Gaucho.
For senior captain Freund, his time at UCSB has been filled with plenty of big moments including being apart of the only doubles duo in Gaucho history to win the ITA Regionals and also the first doubles pair to reach the NCAA Championships since 1992. With the win today on court three, Freund posted a career 17-2 record at home including a perfect 10-0 mark this season.
“It’s very bittersweet, it is sad to think this is my last home match but we ended it with a bang,” Freund said. “When I look back winning the regionals with Morgan was probably one of the best moments of life.”
As for Masciorini, the 2018 campaign may not have turned out the way he expected as injuries have not allowed him to take part in one dual match this season, however, the senior will be making his debut on Sunday as the ‘Chos visit UC Riverside. Additionally, if the Gauchos win the Big West Tournament later this year, the Masciorini will become only the second Gaucho in …