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Rematch Set For Men's Tennis Championship Final

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CLAREMONT, Calif. - The No. 30 Toreros men's tennis team took another step towards their WCC three-peat on Friday as they swept the Portland Pilots by a final score of 4-0 in the WCC semifinals. The Pilots gave San Diego a challenge early in doubles play as they led two of the three matches. However, the two-time defending champs would rally to victories in the No. 2 and 3 spots to earn the first point of the day. The Toreros hit their stride early in singles play, winning all six first-sets. Jordan Angus blitzed M. Garcia in the No. 2 spot to grab San Diego's second point with a 6-1, 6-4 victory. Another member of the Toreros' outstanding senior class was the next to grab a point as Romain Kalaydjian dealt Fan a 6-3, 6-2 loss in the five spot. To seal the victory, first team All-WCC performer Filip Vittek outlasted P. Garcia 6-2, 7-6(5) in the No. 3 spot. 

M3: #1 San Diego def. #5 Portland, 4-0
Doubles | Order of Finish 3,2

1.#89 Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) vs. GARCIA, Mathieu/PERVOLARAKIS, Mike (POR) 5-5, unfinished
2. Jordan Angus/Joshua Page (USD) def. WALLACE, Alex/ANDREASEN, Kent (POR) 7-6
3. Alexandros Araouzos/Jaan Kononov (USD) def. FAN, Felix/GARCIA, Pierre (POR) 6-3

Singles | Order of Finish 2,3,5
1. #61 Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. PERVOLARAKIS, Mike (POR) 6-2, 5-7 unfinished
2. #67 Jordan Angus (USD) def. GARCIA, Mathieu (POR) 6-1, 6-4
3. Filip Vittek (USD) def. GARCIA, Pierre (POR) 6-2, 7-6(5)
4. Jaan Kononov (USD) vs. WALLACE, Alex (POR) 6-2, 1-6, 2-2 unfinished
5. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. FAN, Felix (POR) 6-3, 6-2
6. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) vs. DONAT, Carlos (POR) 6-3, 5-4 unfinished

 

In the other men's semifinal, the 61st-ranked Pepperdine men’s tennis team battled the courts against second-seeded and 60th-ranked BYU, coming away with a 4-3 victory to advance to the championship match. The third-seeded Waves will challenge 30th-ranked and top-seeded San Diego tomorrow (Saturday) at 10 a.m. to contend for the WCC crown for the third-consecutive season. The Waves went down in doubles play, for the second day in a row, to head into singles competition with a 1-0 deficit. Pepperdine was up to the task, however, and quickly tied the match win a win on court six before overcoming the opposition for the Waves’ first advantage of the day on court five. After reaching a 3-3 tie, the teams looked on to sophomore Pedro Iamachkine to battle for the opportunity to play in the championship match. Iamachkine went head-to-head with Andrey Goryachkov, dropping the first set with a tough 5-7 decision in the Cougars’ favor. Iamachkine then, fueled by the cheers of the Waves watching on, dominated the second set with a 6-2 result to put the match into a third set. The two went point-for-point to the 3-3 mark, before the Wave would pull away with a vengeance, working ahead and clinching the overall match 4-3 with a 6-3 final set victory. 

M4: #3 Pepperdine def. #2, BYU, 4-3
Doubles | Order of Finish 2,1
1. Monroe/Goryachkov (BYU) def. Iamachkine/Menichella (PEP) 6-3
2. Sullivan/Pearce (BYU) def. Van Slyke/Hadlich (PEP) 6-2
3. Hill/Pane (PEP) vs. Cullimore/Bourgeois (BYU) 5-2 unfinished

Singles | Order of Finish 6,5,4,1,2,3
1. Shane Monroe (BYU) def. Guilherme Hadlich (PEP) 6-4, 7-5
2. Keaton Cullimore (BYU) def. Lautaro Pane (PEP) 6-0, 2-6, 6-3
3. Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) def. Andrey Goryachkov (BYU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
4. Jack Van Slyke (PEP) def. John Pearce (BYU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Stefan Menichella (PEP) def. Jeremy Bourgeois (BYU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Gabriel Sidney (PEP) def. Aidan Carrazedo (BYU) 6-2, 6-0