Nov. 6, 2006
(Stockton, CA) - USF men's tennis successfully closed its fall season at the 2006 Pacific Fall Invitational, hosted by the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA November 3-5. Three Dons had outstanding performances in their last event of the fall, all reaching the finals in their respective brackets.
In the Flight B singles bracket, freshman Asaf Cohen, the bracket's second seed, had a nice run with three wins. Cohen overpowered Nevada's Guerin Smith 6-3; 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals where he defeated Fresno Pacific's Victor Medina 6-1; 5-7; 6-2. In the semifinal match, Cohen defeated Justin Garcia of UC Davis 6-4; 4-6; 6-4, but fell to first seed Marco Foelz of Fresno Pacific in the final match 6-1; 6-1.
In the Flight C singles bracket, second seed sophomore Torin Ching came from behind to defeat Nevada's Gabe Kanzelmeyer 2-6; 6-1; 6-2. In the semifinal match, Ching defeated Pacific's Ahad Ebrahim 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the final match where he fell 6-0; 6-0 to UC Davis' Daniel Elefant, the bracket's first seed.
In the Flight A singles bracket, senior Matt Berry, seeded first in the bracket, fell to Pacific's Moritz Starke 7-5; 6-1 to advance to the consolation bracket. Berry defeated Michael Chin of UC Davis 6-3; 5-7, 1-0(10-8) to advance to the semifinals, where he defeated Pacific's Alan Kelly 6-0; 6-7(3); 1-0(10-5). In the final match of the consolation bracket, Berry overpowered Michael Reiser of UC Davis 6-1; 6-3.
In doubles action, Cohen and partner junior Falko Huettenberger earned a 3-0 record in round robin play to place first in the Flight B bracket. The pair defeated Pacific's Alan Kelly and Robert Price 8-3 and Nevada's Arzhang Derakhshani and Augustin Myard 8-1, then earned a final 8-2 victory against Michael Reiser and Nick Amaroli of UC Davis.
"I am extremely happy with our accomplishments at this tournament, Asaf and Torin both had a good showing. However, it was evident that we must work on our conditioning and now we must get back to work and shape up in preparation for the spring season," head coach Peter Bartlett said.
USF men's tennis returns to action February 2 to kick off the spring season against BYU at Provo, UT.