May 25, 2006
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The University of San Diego's 24th-ranked duo of Pierrick Ysern and Thomas Liversage lost their first round match of the NCAA Doubles Championship Thursday to Texas Christian University's Rafael Abreu and Jordan Freitas, ranked 27th nationally. Scores went 3-6, 6-4, and 3-6.
After falling in the first set, Ysern and Liversage dominated the second set and took a decisive 6-4 victory over the TCU pair. After a close battle during the third set, Abreu and Freitas pulled away to claim the set and the win.
Ysern and Liversage finish their season with an overall record of 11-4. The duo first entered the FILA/ITA Collegiate Rankings on March 21 at No. 19 and ranked as high as 13th nationally. Together, Ysern and Liversage handed defeats to powerhouse opponents, including University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's Raian Luchici and Brad Pomeroy who ranked 4th in the nation at the time. Upon season's end, the West Coast Conference named the pair to the All-WCC First Team for their play at the No. 1 spot.
Ysern's run in the singles bracket continues Friday as he faces UCLA's Benjamin Kohlloeffel, the nation's top-ranked player in the Round of 16. His participation in this round of the tournament assures Ysern his second straight All-American honor.
2006 NCAA Division I Doubles Championship
Abreu/Freitas (TCU) def. Ysern/Liversage (USD), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3