After dominating their competition on the court all season, the UCSB men’s tennis team continued their dominance off the court on Wednesday, winning a number of end-of-season conference accolades.
Most notably, for the second season in a row senior Nicolas Moreno De Alboran was named the Big West Player of the Year, marking only the second time in school history that a Gaucho has won the award in consecutive seasons. Moreno De Alboran finished the season with a 14-3 dual singles record, and currently presides as the No.16 player in the country. Moreno De Alboran will take part in the NCAA singles championship later this month as a top-16 seed.
For the fourth consecutive season, Head Coach Marty Davis was named the Big West Coach of the Year. With the accolade, Davis has now won the award in 11 of the 20 seasons he has coached the Gauchos — a feat that will likely never be matched.
Alongside Moreno De Alboran, junior Joseph Guillin and sophomore Victor Krustev both received First Team honors in both singles and doubles.
Guillin finished the season with a 10-6 overall singles record — a record that likely would have been better if not for UCSB’s overall dominance. The No. 53 player in the country, Guillin received an at-large bid to participate in the NCAA singles championship.
In only his second season as a Gaucho, Krustev went 14-4 in dual-match play, and was ranked for a majority of the season.
As a duo, Guillin and Krustev crushed their opponents, tallying an 11-2 record in dual-match play.
Rounding out First Team honors for UCSB, Moreno De Alboran and senior Anders Holm earned First Team honors in doubles play for the third straight year, as well as an appearance in the NCAA Doubles Tournament. Winners of their last eight doubles matches, the duo will be the first Gauchos pair to make the postseason since Morgan Mays and Simon Freund in 2017.
Senior Hironori Koyanagi was also honored on Wednesday, earning Second Team honors. Since moving up to the fourth spot, Koyanagi has cruised to a 6-1 record, including five consecutive victories.
After winning 32 straight Big West matches, it is no surprise that UCSB took home so many conference accolades. Now, the Gauchos will hope their conference success translates into a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.
Brandon Victor serves as a 2020-2021 sports editor. He has covered men’s tennis, men’s soccer and women’s basketball in his three years at the Daily Nexus.