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Pacific Upsets Portland, Santa Clara Sweeps San Francisco to Advance to WCC Men's Tennis Championship Semifinals

April 24, 2014

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Pacific posted its second straight upset win, while Santa Clara cruised to a sweep as both advance to Friday’s West Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Championship semifinals after strong performances Thursday at the Barnes Tennis Center. Appearing in their first WCC Championship, No. 7 Tigers upset No. 3 Portland 4-3, while Santa Clara rolled past Bay Area rival San Francisco 4-0.

Pacific will take on No. 2 Pepperdine and Santa Clara will take on No. 1 San Diego Friday. Both matches start at 9:00 a.m. at the Barnes Tennis Center. WCCsports.com will have live scoring updates throughout the championship which can be accessed at the Tournament Central link at the top of the page.

NO. 4 SANTA CLARA 4, NO. 8 SAN FRANCISCO 0
No. 59 Santa Clara defeated USF 4-0 in a strong effort on Thursday in the tournament quarterfinals. The Broncos won the doubles point and rolled behind singles victories in the No. 2 - 4 spots. The Broncos advance to the semifinals, where they will face No. 44 USD on Friday at 9:00 a.m. San Diego won the WCC regular season title and is the No. 1 seed in the tournament after going a perfect 9-0 in 2014 conference play.

Santa Clara won its 17th match in 2014 to move to 17-6 overall and 7-4 in WCC play. Santa Clara's First Team All-WCC duo of John Lamble and Ilya Osintsev got the Broncos on the board with an 8-3 win at No. 1. Lamble and Osintsev are 17-2 in dual matches and they knocked off USF's top doubles duo for the fourth straight time dating back to last season. The tandem has 39 career wins, second-most in program history.

The Broncos rode the momentum from doubles into the singles portion of the match. Santa Clara took control early and cruised to three wins to secure their spot in the semifinals.

No. 59 Santa Clara 4, San Francisco 0 
Doubles 
No. 1 – Lamble/Osintsev (SCU) def. Saraiva/Skajaa (USF); 8-3
No. 2 – Tallman/Tan (USF) def. Khacharyan/Khmiadashvili (SCU); 8-7(4)
No. 3 – Bertram/Tjuatjadarma (SCU) def. Bahri/Takemoto (USF); 8-5 
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3

Singles  
No. 1 – Bernardo Saraiva (USF) vs. John Lamble (SCU); DNF
No. 2 – Ilya Osintsev (SCU) def. Nils Skajaa (USF); 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 – Ashot Khacharyan (SCU) def. James Tallman (USF); 6-2, 6-3
No. 4 – Mikheil Khmiadashvili (SCU) def. Thomas Takemoto (USF); 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 – Christian Brockstedt (USF) vs. Sam Bertram (SCU); DNF
No. 6 – Germain Bahri (USF) vs. Micael Tjuajadarma (SCU); DNF
Order of finish: 2, 3, 4

NO. 7 PACIFIC 4, NO. 3 PORTLAND 3
The Pacific men's tennis team advanced at the WCC Championships with a 4-3 upset victory over No. 3 seed Portland at the Barnes Tennis Center on Thursday, April 24. The Tigers will now face Pepperdine in the semifinals on Friday, April 25. Pacific improved to 13-11 on the season, while the Pilots finished the season at 13-9.

After Portland took the doubles point in comeback fashion, it was up to the Tigers to win four of the six singles matches. That was exactly what they did. After splitting the first four singles matches, Daniel Alameh rallied to win 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 over Justin Guay at No. 4 and Sem Verbeek split the first two sets at No. 1 against Michel Hu Kwo before winning 6-4 in the match deciding set.

Pacific 4, Portland 3
Doubles
1. Reid deLaubenfels/Kent Andreasen (POR) def. Marlon Brand/Daniel Alameh (PAC) 8-1
2. Justin Guay/Michel Hu Kwo (POR) def. Denis Stolyarov/Sem Verbeek (PAC) 8-7 (1)
3. Miguel Diaz/Alex Hamilton (PAC) def. Ratan Gill/Alex Wallace (POR) 8-5

Singles
1. Sem Verbeek (PAC) def. Michel Hu Kwo (POR) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
2. Reid deLaubenfels (POR) def. Denis Stolyarov (PAC) 6-1, 6-1
3. Ratan Gill (POR) def. Miguel Diaz (PAC) 6-2, 6-2
4. Daniel Alameh (PAC) def. Justin Guay (POR) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
5. Alex Hamilton (PAC) def. Alex Wallace (POR) 6-1, 6-0
6. Ben Mirkin (PAC) def. Kent Andreasen (POR) 6-3, 6-4

From PacficTigers.com, USFDons.com and SantaClaraBroncos.com