UC Santa Barbara Tennis: Honer and Masjuan Earn All-American Status

UC Santa Barbara's Tennis standout Amelia Honer (courtesy)
UC Santa Barbara's Tennis standout Amelia Honer (courtesy)

This year has been nothing short of exceptional for the UC Santa Barbara’s Tennis standouts, Pablo Masjuan and Amelia Honer. Adding to their stellar season, Masjuan and Honer received the prestigious honor of being named to the 2024 NCAA Division I All-America. The announcement was made on Thursday, June 6 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

In a historic feat, the junior secured All-American status after defeating No. 11 Ayana Akli in the Round of 32, marking the first time since 1996 that a women’s tennis player achieved this honor for the Gauchos.

Honor dominated in the opening round, clinching a decisive straight-set victory. She then had another straight-set victory over 11th-ranked Ayani Akli from South Carolina. After winning again in the Round of 16 her journey concluded in the National Quarterfinals, where she played valiantly but ultimately succumbed to the top-seeded player from Texas A&M, Mary Stoiana.

Honor not only became the first women’s tennis player, but also the second UC Santa Barbara tennis player overall to advance to the National Quarterfinals.

UC Santa Barbara’s Tennis Pablo Masjuan (courtesy)

Throughout the regular season, Honor boasted an impressive 20-2 record, including four victories over nationally ranked opponents. She consistently delivered in the No. 1 position for the Gauchos, cementing her status as a force to be reckoned with in collegiate tennis.

Masjuan’s journey to All-American status reached its pinnacle during the Round of 32 NCAA Singles Championships, when he triumphed over the No. 38-ranked Sebastian Dominko from Notre Dame. The pivotal win was a historic moment for UC Santa Barbara men’s tennis, as Masjuan became the program’s first All-American since Nicolas Moreno de Alboran’s achievement in 2019 and is the first student-athlete since 1989 to reach the Men’s Singles Round of 16.

His run included a standout performance against a top-10 opponent in the initial stages of the tournament. After his defeat of Dominko in the Round of 32, his journey concluded in the Round of 16 when he fell to No. 15-ranked Cooper Williams of Harvard.

During the regular season, Masjuan boasted an impressive record of 13-6, clinching victories over three nationally ranked opponents while commanding the No. 1 position for UC Santa Barbara.


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  1. Long gone are the days of anyone even semi-local playing collegiate tennis at any decent level, but I’m glad to see Homer is from the US, if not from CA. NCAA athletics has become an international game of scholarships, money, and free education for a select few from everywhere else but here. Would like to see it scaled back but the cat’s out of the bag, especially in sports like tennis and soccer.

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