Davis named Big West coach of the year

UCSB’s Marty Davis was named Big West Coach of the Year and Mathieu Forget and Benjamin Recknagel were named First Team All-Big West in singles, the league announced Tuesday.

In addition to the two first team selections in singles, the doubles team of Forget and Mbonisi Ndimande was named First Team All-Big West. Ndimande was named second team all-league while freshman Greg Scott was honorable mention. Two other UCSB doubles teams – Axel Bouillin/Alex Johnson and Ziad Sultan/Alexander Gryaznov – were accorded honorable mention as well.

The Coach of the Year honor was the seventh for Davis who completed his 14th season at the helm of the program. Despite a spate of injuries that forced him to significantly juggle his lineup in the final weeks of the season, he guided the Gauchos to within a third set tiebreaker of winning the Big West championship and he had the team ranked among the top-75 virtually the entire year.

Forget, a second team all-league choice following his junior season in 2011, really emerged as a senior. In singles, he finished with a 22-8 overall record, including 17-7 in dual matches. He was 14-7 playing at the No. 1 spot in the lineup. In doubles, he and Ndimande 13-12 overall, 7-9 in dual matches, all at No. 1.

The First Team All-Big West recognition for Recknagel was his third in as many years. He finished his junior season with an overall record of 18-14 and a dual match record of 12-11, inclugind 11-9 at No. 2.

Ndimande finished his firs season at UCSB win an overall record of 25-8 and a dual match mark of 15-6, including 9-3 at No. 3.