Doubles Play Heats Up For Tigers

Bernardo Oliveira
Bernardo Oliveira

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Day two of the UCSB Classic came to a close as the Tigers look to improve after yesterday's results.

In Flight A singles, Akram El Sallaly faced Josh Ortiz of Cal Poly in his first consolation match of the tournament but the Tiger was edged 7-6(3), 6-4.

In Flight B, Daniel Orlita faced off against UCLA's Bryce Pereira but was nipped by the Bruin, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(11) in a well fought battle. In another consolation match, Ross Watson went to battle with a Bulldog from Fresno State but dropped the match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. For Watson's second singles match of the day he picked up a win as he defeated Karl Enhander of Cal Poly in three sets, 6-2, 6-7, 6-1.

Simon Solbas also picked up a win against West Coast Conference opponent Jacob Lagman of Saint Mary's as the two tangled for three sets as Solbas came out on top, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0. Soon after Solbas was then matched up against California Golden Bear, Jackson Suh. Solbas put up a fight but fell, 6-2, 6-0 and will take the court again tomorrow.

Senior Bernardo Oliveira collected a pair of wins as he first defeated Daniel Krutik, a Saint Mary's Gael, 6-4, 6-4 and then took down Matis Bot, another Golden Bear in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. Oliveira will battle for 9th place on Sunday against Suh from California.

Nathan Hampton took his Flight D main draw match to three sets but couldn't pull off the win, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 and then moved to the consolation bracket. In his next match, Hampton got back to his winning ways and defeated Juan Cartier of Loyola Marymount in another three-set match, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(7). Hampton will battle for 5th place on Sunday afternoon.

In doubles action, the dominate duo of El Sallaly and Oliveira will play for the consolation final title on Sunday as they took down a pair from Pepperdine, 6-5 (retire). They will face the Barretto brothers from California yet again in the final.

Hampton and Orlita will follow suit as they compete for the Flight C doubles consolation crown after picking up a win over Washington, 8-4. They will also face a pair from California Sunday morning.

Watson and Solbas paired up again on Saturday but couldn't grab the win as they fell 8-6 and will look to finish in 7th place after Sunday's contest.

The final day of the Classic wraps up on Sunday with all six Tigers in action.