April 2, 2011
Stockton, Calif. -
The Tigers got off to a strong start securing the doubles point against the Gauchos that came down to a tiebreaker in the last match on court. The no. 3 court was lined with spectators cheering in favor of their desired team. In the tiebreaker, Tomasz Krzyszkowski and Fernando Ristow held it together and earned the doubles point for the Tigers against Therp and Jurgensen with a final match score of 9-8 with 7-5 in the tiebreak.
In the singles matches, Tigers started off well with two quick and solid wins by Ivan Castro and Alex Golding. Then the Tigers experienced some trouble. The next player off the court was Lance Dugan who came up short against opponent Philip Therp 6-4, 6-1. This brought the match count to 3-1. Then UCSB Alex Kognisfeldt defeated Artem Gramma 7-5, 6-0. Then as Tomasz Krzyszkowski began his third set, he suffered from cramping in his arm and leg which inhibited his ability to compete as desired against Benjamin Recknagel. After Tomasz Krzyszkowski came up short, the overall match score was then 3-3 and the match deciding point was in the hands of senior and team captain Fernando Ristow who was in the midst of a heated match against Mathieu Forget.
As the final match progressed, the spectators and fellow teammates gathered and began cheering in support of their team. Senior Fernando Ristow was determined not to crumble under the pressure and he continued to fight, point-by-point until finally the match ended in favor of the Tigers. Fernando Ristow’s final match score against Mathieu Forget was a confident 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 clinching the win for the Tigers 4-3.
When asked about his matches, Fernando Ristow commented, "For the doubles match, at the beginning we were missing a little bit, and we were struggling on returns. After some support from Coach, we started to step up and hit the ball on the rise. We got some confidence and broke the opponent twice. I was feeling so confident. I continued to believe in myself and then we won on tiebreak. As for my singles match, I started the match a little slow, my opponent got to 5-1, and then I started to set up more and play more aggressively with my forehand. My strategy was to use my forehand to target his backhand with a lot of pace and top spin, and then wait for the short return. He won the first set 6-4. The second set I started with the same strategy and broke him right away and kept the break and secured that set in my favor, 6-3. For the third set, I got off to a solid start again with a break in my advantage, and I saw that all my teammates were cheering me on and screaming. I saw that my team needed me to win. The match started to become more and more competitive and I was being more aggressive. I had an adrenaline rush and every time I scored a point, I felt compelled to point to my teammates who were supporting me and pushing me up. It was a very good match and I felt like it was a matter of honor for me and my teammates to win this match, and I could not stop. I kept this in mind while I continued to focus on my goal."
After the match, Coach Redondo stated, "I am so proud of the team for sticking to the game plan we set out for the match. It took a tremendous amount of discipline and determination to get past a tough UC Santa Barbara team. We will use this as a learning tool for the rest of the season and foundation to this program."
1. Alex Kognisfeldt / Taylor Chavez-Goggin (UCSB) def. Ivan Castro/ Angus Thomson (PAC) 8-3
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3*
1. Benjamin Recknagel (UCSB) def. Tomasz Krzyszkowski (PAC) 2-6, 6-1, 6-0
2. Alex Kognisfeldt (UCSB) def Artem Gramma (PAC) 7-5, 6-0
3. Fernando Ristow (PAC) def. Mathieu Forget (UCSB) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Ivan Castro (PAC) def Taylor Chavez-Goggin (UCSB) 6-2, 6-1
5. Alex Golding (PAC) def. Max Glenn (UCSB) 6-3, 6-2
6. Philip Therp (UCSB) def. Lance Dugan (PAC) 6-4, 6-1
Order of finish: 4, 5, 6, 2, 1, 3**
*Denotes doubles securing match
**Denotes match securing win
Final Score: Pacific 4, UCSB 3