Big West Announces 2017 Men's Tennis All-Conference Team
2017 Big West Men's Tennis All-Conference Team
UC Santa Barbara collected two of the premier awards with the selection of Morgan Mays as Player of the Year and Marty Davis as Coach of the Year, while David Goulak of UC Davis received Freshman of the Year recognition, headlining the announcement of the 2017 Big West Men's Tennis All-Conference Team.
Mays became the first Gaucho since 2009 to be named top player in the Big West, and the seventh overall. He joined a list that includes Cory Guy (1999), Simon Shen (2000), Carlos Palencia (2002, 2003), Nick Brotman (2006), Philip Therp (2008) and Alex Konigsfeldt (2009-co). Mays, a senior captain, played an important role in leading UCSB to a second straight undefeated regular season title and a third consecutive Big West Tournament championship. Playing between No. 1 and No. 2 singles, Mays compiled a 13-9 dual match record. The Malibu, Calif. native defeated Big West opponents from Hawai‘i, UC Davis, UC Irvine and UC Riverside in contributing to UCSB's 5-0 league record. Mays also teamed with Simon Freund to form one of the nation's top doubles teams. They rose as high as No. 6 in the country in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings while compiling a 10-4 record at the No. 1 spot.
Goulak made history as the first UC Davis recipient of Big West Freshman of the Year honors. The native of Oak Park, Calif. finished with a 7-4 dual match record, but was most effective at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots on the ladder, where he compiled a 7-2 mark. Goulak gained momentum down the stretch, winning five of his last six singles matches, including a straight set victory over freshman Gilbert Chung of UC Riverside. Goulak also contributed to one of the Big West's top doubles tandems with Tommy Lam. The pair recorded an impressive 13-5 dual match mark between the No. 1 and No. 2 positions.
Davis added to his record total of Big West Coach of the Year honors with his ninth selection. He received the award for the second straight year, and also earned recognition in 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 (co), 2008 (co), 2009 and 2012. In his 18th year at UCSB, Davis guided the team to its third consecutive Big West Tournament title and fourth in five years. He is a taking a Gaucho club to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time. Davis also directed the Gauchos to a second consecutive Big West regular season crown as they went 5-0 for the second year in a row. UCSB, ranked No. 40 in the nation entering the postseason, is 19-5 overall with four losses coming to top-10 opponents. The 19 victories represent the most in Davis's career, and the second-most by a Big West program since 2006.
The complete listing of the 2017 Big West All-Conference Team is available by clicking on the link at the top of the page: