Santa Barbara Athletics News
Feb 11, 2018
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The UC Santa Barbara men’s tennis team put forth a great effort Sunday afternoon battling back from a 3-0 deficit to eventually tie the match at 3-3 before the University of San Diego’s senior Alexandros Araouzos sent the Gauchos back to Santa Barbara with a 4-3 loss.
“A 4-3 loss to USD, a team who just beat a top-10 in the nation, hurts. We are definitely disappointed there but now we just have to move on and hold our heads high going into next week,” Junior Nicolas Moreno de Alboran said. “This loss will only motivate us going forward to be able to beat these tough teams.”
Following the defeat, UCSB falls to 3-2 on the year while USD continues to show its tenacity this season with another quality victory under its belt bringing them to a 3-1 overall mark.
Right off the bat, the Gauchos best athletes failed to showcase their full potential as senior Simon Freund and redshirt freshman Joseph Rotheram lost the first doubles match against San Diego’s Joel Gamerov and August Holmgren 6-2.
The team of Joseph Guillin and Hironori Koyanagi tied the doubles at 1-1 with a 6-2 in court three, however, moments later the Toreros clinched the doubles point as Gui Osorio and Nico Borter defeated the normally trustworthy pair of juniors Moreno de Alboran and Anders Holm 6-3.
For most teams in college tennis, including Santa Barbara, getting the doubles point is a must as its hard to rally to win four of six matches in singles play.
The chance for a win looked even bleaker when No. 75 Moreno de Alboran suffered a 6-3, 6-3 loss on court one and Freund lost 6-4, 6-2 on court two giving USD the 3-0 advantage and needing one point to clinch.
Fortunately, over on court three, Guillin provided the Gauchos with a …