(Courtesy of the University of San Diego Media Relations)
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The No. 30 Toreros men’s tennis team learned that No. 61 Uros Petronijevic and the duo of No. 43 Jordan Angus and Filip Vittek were selected for the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Singles and Doubles Championships respectively on Wednesday. The tournament will take place on May 25-30 at the conclusion of the team championships.
"This has been a page turning year for this team with these three leading the way,” head coach Ryan Keckley said of the selections. “They started the season off by making USD history. They qualified for The National Indoors in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. A program first. Now they have the opportunity to do the same individually this postseason in Tulsa, Okla.”
All three of the Toreros earned spots in the tournament last year but were narrowly defeated in the first round.
Petronijevic earned an automatic bid with his 20-12 record and 6-5 mark against ranked opponents. The Serbian-native earned his spot in the National Indoors Championships when he advanced to the quarterfinals at the ITA All-American Tennis Championships in October. The senior will finish his career with three-consecutive 20 win seasons and is currently 10th in Torero history with 85 career singles wins.
“Uki has held the No. 1 spot for USD all season long, competing against four of the top eight players in the country,” Keckley noted. “He is among the best to ever come through USD, and I am thrilled that he has the opportunity to prove that at the end of this month."
The pair of Angus and Vittek had an outstanding fall season together to close out 2015. The Torero twosome won the ITA South West Regional Championship and won their first round match at the National Indoor Championships. When the spring season came around the pair was separated for improved depth in the doubles lineup. Angus and Vittek rank third all-time with 33 victories as a doubles pair.
“These boys understand that come spring season, the team comes first.” Keckley said of the duo’s team-first attitude. “Jordan and Filly had a great start to the semester as a pair, but when the team needed the change, both agreed it was best. Fortunately, their earlier wins this past fall and spring secured the WCC bid. We are excited to see these two reconnected amongst the nations best.”