The UCSB men’s tennis team begins play in the Big West Tournament on Thursday at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club. Santa Barbara finished the regular season at 5-16, 1-3 in the Big West. In their final match of the season, the Gauchos fell 6-1 at the hands of Cal Poly. Despite ending on a down note, UCSB will enter the tournament with a high level of confidence. Junior co-captains Marcin Kosakowski and Marcio Pepe lead the way for Santa Barbara as the number-one and number-two singles players. Kosakowski will also team up with sophomore J.J. Stewart to form the Gauchos’ most dangerous team in doubles play. Check out Thursday’s Sports section for a full tournament preview.