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San Diego Ends Season In NCAA Second Round

(Courtesy of San Diego Media Relations)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The No. 28 Toreros men’s tennis team (24-8, 9-0 WCC) had their season come to an end on Saturday as the team suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the No. 2 UCLA Bruins in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Los Angeles, Calif.

The day started of with a promising 6-2 victory in the No. 2 doubles spot as Jordan Angus and Joshua Page delivered a dominant performance over Joseph Di Giulio and Karue Sell. The win gives Angus 27 doubles victories this season, which is the tied for the second-best single season total in program history.

The Bruins answered by taking the No. 1 match 6-4 as the nations No 2 duo, Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki, topped San Diego’s Uros Petronijevic and Filip Vittek.

The doubles point came down to the No. 3 match up where the Toreros’ Alexandros Araouzos and Jaan Kononov were in a back-and-forth battle against UCLA’s Maxime Cressey and Austin Rapp. Araouzos and Kononov fought to the bitter end as the Bruins’ pair earned a 7-6 win and the first point of the day.

In singles San Diego fell behind after Kononov dropped a 6-0, 6-1 match to No. 101 Sell in the No. 4 match. The USD senior had been on a five-match winning streak entering the contest.

The Bruins widened the gap when Di Giulio topped Araouzos in the No. 6 spot 6-2, 6-1. The match was clinched by UCLA’s Logan Skaggs’ 6-3, 6-2 win over Romain Kalaydjian in the No. 5 spot. It is the fourth time all season that the Toreros were on the wrong end of a sweep.

The Toreros battled the Bruins all day long but were unable to pull out the victory. When play was abandoned No. 71 Angus had forced No. 38 Redlicki into the third set on court No. 2. No. 65 Ptronijevic pushed No. 6 McDonald to the brink in a first set that the UCLA star would take 7-6 and Vittek dropped a first set 7-6 to No. 58 Gage Brymer.

The Toreros had a fantastic season in which they never lost to a team ranked outside of the top-30. The 24 victories is the highest total since 1989 and tied for the third most wins in program history. They also added a third consecutive WCC Championship and extended their conference-winning streak to 29 matches.

While the teams’ season has concluded the Toreros will still have three individuals participate in the NCAA Men’s Singles and Doubles Championships. No. 65 Petronijevic earned his way into the field after advancing to the quarterfinals at the ITA All-American Tennis Championships. He will be joined by the doubles duo of No. 40 Angus and Vittek. The pair earned their way after winning the ITA Southwest Regional Championship. The tournament will take place May 25-30 at the conclusion of the team championships.

#2 UCLA 4, #28 San Diego 0
May 14, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts)

Singles competition


1. #6 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) vs. #65 Uros Petronijevic (USD) 7-6 (8-6), 2-1, unfinished


2. #38 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) vs. #71 Jordan Angus (USD) 4-6, 6-1, 1-2, unfinished


3. #58 Gage Brymer (UCLA) vs. Filip Vittek (USD) 7-6 (7-5), 0-2, unfinished


4. #101 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Jaan Kononov (USD) 6-0, 6-1


5. Logan Staggs (UCLA) def. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 6-3, 6-2


6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Alexandros Araouzos (USD) 6-2, 6-1



Doubles competition


1. #2 Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) 6-4


2. Jordan Angus/Joshua Page (USD) def. Joseph Di Giulio/Karue Sell (UCLA) 6-2


3. Maxime Cressy/Austin Rapp (UCLA) def. Alexandros Araouzos/Jaan Kononov (USD) 7-6 (7-1)