With the Big West Tournament set to begin today, the UCSB men’s tennis team is looking to channel some of its recent postseason magic that has helped it capture four of the last five league titles.
The UCSB men’s tennis team’s seven-match road trip did not end well in Texas this weekend, as the Gauchos lost to UT Arlington on Saturday and again to #61 SMU on Sunday. Both teams exploited the Gauchos’ weakness in doubles with wins at the second and third courts, as that point became the deciding factor in each match.
Despite facing a torturous back-to-back matchup to open its season — the preseason #61 Gauchos were pitted against #21 Pepperdine and #6 UCLA — UCSB’s schedule doesn’t lighten up yet as they travel to Florida to take part in the kickoff weekend of the National Team Indoor Championships.
The UCSB men’s tennis team will finish up their fall schedule at home this weekend with the UCSB Classic, a four-team tournament that will run from Friday to Sunday and feature players from Santa Barbara, Westmont, Loyola Marymount and UC San Diego.
For Gaucho tennis, the 54th annual Southern California Intercollegiate Championships ended a day early, when senior Alex Konigsfeldt fell to USC’s Jaak Poldma in the semifinals.