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UC Santa Barbara Men Win Eighth Tournament Title

4/28/2013

UC Santa Barbara - Pacific MT Box Score


UC Santa Barbara defeated Pacific, 4-2, in the finals of the Big West Men's Tennis Championship at Indian Wells Tennis Garden Sunday, becoming the first No. 5 seed in history to capture the crown.

The Gauchos claimed their eighth tournament championship, and first since 2009.  The 2009 club won the title as a No. 4 seed, which at the time represented the lowest seed to ever become a champion.

UCSB (12-13) earned the Big West's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship, with first and second round action being played May 10-12.

The Gauchos captured the all-important doubles point to set the tone for the match.  After winning at the No. 1 position, the No. 2 duo of Benjamin Recknagel and Axel Bouillin defeated Alex Golding and Alex Hamilton, 8-5.

Recknagel boosted UCSB's lead to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph at No. 2 against Golding, but Pacific roared back as Ben Mirkin toppled Alexander Gryaznov, 6-1, 6-4.

The Tigers then tied the match at 2-2 with Denis Stolyarov delivering a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win against Bouillin at No. 3.

Freshman Jake Johnson came up huge for the Gauchos from the No. 6 draw, dispatching of Hamilton in three sets, 7-5, 4-6, 6-0, giving his team a 3-2 lead.

UCSB decided the outcome at No. 4 as Ziad Sultan won a tight 7-6 (1), 6-4 battle against Alameh to set off a celebration.

Pacific fell to 16-9 with the loss.

BIG WEST TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
INDIAN WELLS TENNIS GARDEN
MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
(5) UC SANTA BARBARA 4, (3) PACIFIC 2


Doubles
1. Ndimande/Sultan (UCSB) def. Verbeek/Stolyarov (PAC) - 8-3
2. Recknagel/Bouillin (UCSB) def. Golding/Hamilton (PAC) - 8-5
3. Andrew Riminton/Miles Seemann (UCSB) vs. Alameh/Mirkin - DNF

Order of finish: 1, 2

Singles
1. Sem Verbeek (PAC) vs. Mbonisi Ndimande (UCSB) - DNF
2. Benjamin Recknagel (UCSB) def. Alex Golding (PAC) - 6-2, 6-2
3. Denis Stolyarov (PAC) def. Axel Bouillin (UCSB) - 7-6 (5), 6-2
4. Ziad Sultan (UCSB) def. Daniel Alameh (PAC) - 7-6 (1), 6-4
5. Ben Mirkin (PAC) def. Alexander Gryaznov (UCSB) - 6-1, 6-4
6. Jake Johnson (UCSB) def. Alex Hamilton (PAC) - 7-5, 4-6, 6-0

Order of finish: 2, 5, 3, 6, 4
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