The UCSB men’s tennis team dominated its recent tournament despite the fact that it was missing key players due to injuries.
Santa Barbara sent only four players to the tournament because of injuries to seniors Matt Coin
and Leo Basica. There were two other Gaucho absences from players who had already played in an All American Tournament earlier this fall.
Only one of the four, sophmore Elad Stern, failed to make the quarterfinals, but he made up for it by winning the consolation round by saving four match point serves. He beat UNR’s Adam Jooste in a match tiebreaker with a score of 4-6 7-5 (10-5).
Head Coach Marty Davis said he couldn’t help but be happy after seeing his team win nine matches and lose only four.
Junior Hagen Brody and freshman Nial Brash both faired well, making it to the quarterfinals, but failed to advance further.
Gaucho freshman Anders Dalskov led the team by making it to the finals and giving eventual champion Chris Floyd of Washington a good fight in a match that ended with a 6-4 3-6 (7-6) score. Floyd earned two championship points for his second place finish.