CLAREMONT, Calif. - The No. 30 Toreros men’s tennis team (23-7, 9-0 WCC) earned their third consecutive WCC Championship on Saturday as they defeated the No. 61 Pepperdine Waves (14-11, 6-3 WCC) 4-0 at the Biszants Family Tennis Center in Claremont, Calif. The match was delayed for just over two hours due to light rain. This is the sixth WCC title in program history.
"These guys were on top of their games this weekend,” head coach Ryan Keckley said. “The last three weeks we really hit our stride and that was evident in today's match. The energy, the composure, the mentality, the fight... everything was impressive!”
San Diego received excellent double play from their top two duos to start the match. No. 89 Uros Petronijevic and Filip Vittek cruised to a 6-0 victory over the Waves to twosome of Pedro Iamachkine and Stefan Menichella. After Jann Kononov and Alex Araouzos fell in the No. 3 match, Jordan Angus and Joshua Page clinched the doubles point with a 6-4 topping of Guilherme Hadlich and Jack Van Slyke.
Petronijevic and Vittek as well as Angus and Page were named to the All-Tournament Team after the match. Both duos went 2-0 as the Toreros earned the doubles point in both matches.
Keckley added, “We competed extremely well to win the doubles point amongst a very hostile Pepperdine crowd.”
In singles the Toreros showed no signs of slowing down as they took five of the six first sets. No. 67 Angus, who sealed the WCC Championship point for San Diego last year, crushed Lautaro Pane 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 2 spot to open up a 2-0 Torero lead.
“I was lucky,” Angus said. “Some days you play great, I had one of those days and won 11 love but it’s not everyday, so I appreciate that.”
Fellow seniors Uros Petronijevic and Kononov also captured the moment for the Toreros and sealed the victory.
“Our three seniors who clinched the match for us lost 5 games collectively.” Keckley noted. “These seniors were on a mission to make sure they finished their careers here at USD on top.”
No. 61 Petronijevic landed a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Hadlich in the top spot and gave the Toreros the 3-0 advantage. The senior finishes his USD career with a 6-1 record against Pepperdine opponents.
Kononov also wasted no time in defeating Van Slyke 6-1, 6-2 and earning the Championship point. Kononov transferred to the Toreros this spring and took some time to adjust. After a tough start the senior has gone 10-1 and provided crucial depth to this San Diego team.
Alexandros Araouzos was two points away from a victory in the No. 6 spot when play was stopped. Romain Kalaydjian was tied at a set apiece against Menichella and Vittek was behind in the No. 3 spot.
“We came together as a team and finished as a team today and that's what I am most proud of!”
This is also San Diego’s 30th straight WCC victory. The streak stretches back to 2014. The win gives the Toreros their first back-to-back 23-plus win seasons since 1984-85.
“30-0 in the WCC is no small accomplishment and this team deserves all the praise. I am very excited to see where we can go from here."
From here the Toreros will wait to see who they are pitted against in the NCAA Tournament.
No. 61 Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Guilhereme Hadlich (PEP) 6-1, 6-1
No. 67 Jordan Angus (USD) def. Lautaro Pane (PEP) 6-0, 6-0
Filip Vittek (USD) vs. Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) 3-6, 1-4 unfinished
Jaan Kononov (USD) def. Jack Van Slyke (PEP) 6-1, 6-2
Romain Kalaydjian (USD) vs. Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-1, 3-6 unfinished
Alex Araouzos (USD) vs. Gabriel Sidney (PEP) 6-2, 4-3 unfinished
Order Finished: (2,1,4)
Uros Petronijevic/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Pedro Iamachkine/ Stefan Menichella (PEP) 6-0
Jordan Angus/Joshua Page (USD) def. Jack Van Slyke/ Guilhereme Hadlich (PEP) 6-4
Lautaro Pane/Tom Hill (PEP) def. Romain Kalaydjian/Alex Araouzos (USD) 6-4
Order Finished: (1,3,2)
2016 WCC Men’s Tennis All-Tournament Team
#1 Doubles – Uros Petronijevic & Filip Vittek, San Diego
#2 Doubles – Jordan Angus & Joshua Page, San Diego
#3 Doubles – Lautaro Pane & Tom Hill, Pepperdine
#1 Singles – Uros Petronijevic, San Diego
#2 Singles – Jordan Angus, San Diego
#3 Singles – Pedro Iamachkine, Pepperdine
#4 Singles – Alex Wallace, Portland
#5 Singles – Roma Kalydjian, San Diego
#6 Singles – Carlos Donat, Portland