The UC Santa Barbara Men’s Tennis team wrapped up their Fall Classic on Sunday afternoon with multiple wins including Gianluca Brunkow winning the Flight A singles brackets.
Brunkow opened the bracket with a 6-3, 6-2 straight-set victory over Tyler Davis from Pepperdine. In the succeeding round, he would earn a tough come-from-behind win. After dropping the first set 7-5 he bounced back to win the next two 7-6 (5), 6-4 to advance to the finals. In the finals, he would meet teammate Lucca Liu who advanced after two wins in the top half of the bracket. The title would ultimately go to Brunkow.
In the consolation bracket, Conrad Brown made a run to the consolation championship match. After dropping his opening-round matchup, Brown advanced to the semifinals after his opponent withdrew from competition, he then earned a straight-set victory to move him into the finals.
In the Flight B bracket, Pierre Boullenger dominated the competition. He made a run to the finals winning all his matchups in straight sets. Boullenger played David Wekesa from Gand Canyon in the opening round. After winning set one 6-4, Wekesa retired. Boullenger went on to win his next two matchups 6-2, 6-3 and 7-5, 6-2 respectively.
Diego Castillo was the lone singles player in Flight C for the Gauchos. After losing his opening-round matchup, Castillo won his next matchup in three sets. He dropped the first one 1-6 but came back to win the second 7-6 (4) and the third 6-1 to advance him into the consolation final. The match was not played but Castillo would come away victorious in an extra match, winning in straight sets.
In Flight A of doubles competition, two UC Santa Barbara doubles partnerships made a run at the championship match. Luka Mrsic and Conrad Brown blew through the competition winning both their first and second-round matchups 8-5. Gianluca Brunkow and Lucca Liu also earned victories in their first two matchups winning both 8-6. The duos would meet up in the championship match, and Liu and Brunkow would be the ones to come out victorious and win the Flight a bracket.
The Gauchos will have a week off before competing in the ITA Southwest Regional in Malibu, Calif. The Regional will start on Thursday, Oct. 19, and run through Monday, Oct. 23.