Oct. 13, 2012
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - California's Gregory Bayane and Wyatt Houghton look to bring home three titles from the UCSB Classic on Sunday, after the pair reached the Flight A Doubles Final and each qualified for a singles final on Saturday at the tournament held at the Gauchos' Harder Stadium Courts, Recreation Center and Robertson Gym Courts.
Bayane, a sophomore, and Houghton, a freshman, beat UC Santa Barbara's UCSB's Ziad Sultan-Mbonisi Ndimande, 8-6, in Saturday's doubles semifinal round; they will face Cal Poly's Jordan Bridge-Jordan Kepler in Sunday's final. Also in Flight A Doubles, Cal sophomore Nikhil Jayashankar and freshman Jordan Smith knocked off Kyle Miller-Hugo Veri-Fortin of UC Davis in the fifth-place bracket to set up a final with UC San Diego's Carill Salomon-Max Jiganti. The Tritons wound up beating the Bears to clinch fifth place.
In Flight A Singles, Bayane eliminated Toki Sherbakov of UC Davis. 6-2, 6-1, and swept past Cal Poly's Bridge in the semifinal, 6-3, 6-2. The Bear will take on UCSB's Axel Bouillin in the final. In his first match in the consolation draw, sophomore Nikhil Jayashankar fell to another Gaucho - Ziad Sultan - before topping Nevada's Moez Echargui. Jayashankar then lost to Cal Poly's Derek Klein in the 13th-place match.
Houghton took out a pair of Gauchos to reach the Flight B Singles final, edging Jake Johnson, 7-5, 6-7, 6-0, in the quarterfinal before beating Gryaznov, 6-4, 6-4, in the semi. The freshman will play UCSB's Benjamin Recknagel in Sunday's final.
In Flight B Consolation Singles, Cal freshman Jordan Smith split against two UC San Diego Tritons, getting past Kona Luu, 7-5, 7-5, in the quarters, before falling to Jiganti, 6-2, 6-2, in the semi. Bear freshman Stuart Miller lost in his first consolation match to Northern Arizona's Alan Barrios, but played two more matches in the back draw, beating Cal Poly's Kepler and then - in the 15th-place match - losing to Luu. Smith, meanwhile, will play Barrios in the 11th-place match on Sunday.
The three-day invitational ends on Sunday.