"I thought we kept our confidence after beating Pima College [Ariz. on March 15]. That was our best match of the season and that gave us confidence [coming into the second half of conference]."
Glendale picked up a singles win apiece from Alex Sarkissian (6-1, 6-0), Burroughs High graduate Trevor Campbell (6-1, 6-2), La Cañada graduate Grayson Frazier (7-5, 6-2) and Crescenta Valley graduate Dro Mahmoudi (6-2, 7-5) to improve to 8-5, 4-1 in conference.
Frazier, a member of the reigning All-Area Doubles Team of the Year, fought through a cold to beat John Rosenkvist of Santa Barbara (1-7, 0-6). He then teamed with Glendale High graduate Mike Astorian to net an 8-3 doubles victory.
"I played a different opponent this time [against Santa Barbara] than the first," Grayson said. "[Rosenkvist's] game matched mine a little more in terms of attacking the net.
"I wasn't feeling too well in the first set and I was just trying to find a way to win and play consistently. I had made some unforced errors in the first set."
Glendale clinched the match when Sarkissian paired with Campbell, a former All-Area honoree, for an 8-2 win. The victory extended Glendale's lead to 5-2. Sarkissian and Campbell improved to 11-1 on the season and Sarkissian is 13-0 in singles.
"We are getting better at doubles," MacKay said. "We are also getting that fifth point a little bit better from around the lineup."
Playing without its top player, Nikoliv Ivanov, who recently left the team, Santa Barbara (1-7, 0-6) received a 6-2, 6-3 victory from Mohamed El Azzouzi and a 6-4, 6-3 win from Robert Herr. El Azzouzi and Rosenkvist picked up an 8-4 doubles victory.
Glendale will next participate in a conference road match at 2 p.m. Thursday against Bakersfield before returning home for a 3 p.m. nonconference match against Middlebury College (Vt.) on Saturday. Middlebury, which captured the NCAA Division III championship last season, posted a 6-3 win against Glendale last season.