(Courtesy of San Diego Media Relations)
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The University of San Diego men's tennis team (22-4, 9-0 WCC) won their 14th match in a row Friday afternoon in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Championships at the Barnes Tennis Center. The Toreros continued to stay perfect against conference play winning their 22nd consecutive match in two seasons, defeating the Pacific Tigers (10-17, 6-3 WCC) to advance to the final round.
In doubles play, the Toreros kept their edge despite close sets. No. 45 junior Jordan Angus and sophomore Filip Vittek secured their 8-4 victory at the No. 1 spot defeating Tigers' Jose Chamba and Miguel Diaz. Although senior Ciaran Fitzgerald and Geoffrey Fosso began the match from 4-0 down, the pair came from behind and dominated the tiebreaker. The No. 3 duo defeated Pacific's Alex Hamilton and Daniel Alameh 8-7(0) to clinch the doubles point for the Toreros.
The Toreros led on five of the six courts to begin singles play. However, it was the top of the line-up that managed to finalize the victory. Vittek, who is slated at No. 77 in the ITA singles rankings, knocked off Pacific's Alex Hamilton 6-2, 6-2. With the win, Vittek extended his overall record to 24-7, the team's best. Angus soon followed, picking up a comfortable victory over Tigers' Jose Chamba 6-1, 6-2. Angus claims the most conference victories on the squad at 10-0.
With the Toreros up 3-0, No. 52 Petronijevic began to close in at the No. 1 spot. The junior won his eighth consecutive singles match defeating Pacific's Miguel Diaz to clinch the Torero victory 6-1, 6-2.
The Toreros look to defend their title tomorrow, April 25th, at 1:00 p.m. -- PT in the finals of the West Coast Conference Championships. The squad will face the No. 3 seeded San Francisco Dons (14-8, 6-3 WCC) or No. 2 seeded Pepperdine Waves (16-8, 7-2 WCC).
MM8: #1 San Diego 4 def. #4 Pacific 0
Singles | Order of Finish 2, 3, 1*
1. Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Miguel Diaz (Pacific) 6-1, 6-2
2. Filip Vittek (USD) def. Alex Hamilton (Pacific) 6-2, 6-2
3. Jordan Angus (USD) def. Jose Chamba (Pacific) 6-1, 6-2
4. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) vs. Sem Verbeek (Pacific) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
5. Geoffrey Fosso (USD) vs. Daniel Alameh (Pacific) 4-6, 1-0, unfinished
6. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) vs. Marlon Brand (Pacific) 5-3, unfinished
Doubles | Order of Finish 1, 3*
1. Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek def. Jose Chamba/Miguel Diaz (Pacific) 8-4
2. Uros Petronijevic/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) vs. Sem Verbeek/Marlon Brand (Pacific) 5-6, unfinished
3. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Geoffrey Fosso (USD) def. Alex Hamilton/Daniel Alameh (Pacific) 8-7 (7-0)
*Clinched the match
(Courtesy of Pepperdine Media Relations)
The #42-ranked Pepperdine men's tennis team delivered a 4-1 victory over #52 San Francisco on Friday afternoon in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament. The second-seeded Waves will face top-seeded San Diego in tomorrow's final, set for a 1 p.m. start.
The battle for the doubles point proved to be fierce. Although #89-ranked Bernardo Saraiva and Nils Skajaa got the better of Guilherme Hadlich (Balneário Camboriú, Brazil/Colégio Energia) and Rakshay Thakkar (Pune, India/St. Vincent's High School) at No. 1, the Waves' No. 2 and No. 3 pairs sealed the deal.
Pedro Iamachkine (Lima, Peru/Nebraska HS) and Lautaro Pane (Puerto Madryn, Argentina/SEADEA) held off James Tallman and Christian Brockstedt, 8-6, leading the way for Tom Hill (Birmingham, England/K12 International Academy) and Kento Tanaka-Tamaki (Kihei, Hawaii/St. Anthony Junior-Senior HS) to secure the doubles point.
Despite playing in just their third match together this season, Hill and Tanaka-Tamaki rose to the occasion and edged Thomas Takemoto and Vasco Valverde by an 8-6 tally.
Pepperdine, now 17-8 on the season, quickly surged out to a 3-0 lead, but the fourth point proved to be a bit more difficult to come by.
Stefan Menichella (Santa Barbara, Calif./University HS) was first off the court following his dominant 6-0, 6-2 win over Tallman at No. 3.
Pane also won in straight sets, downing Johan Samuelsson, 6-0, 6-3.
USF (14-9) put a point on the board when #116 Saraiva defeated Hadlich at No. 1, 7-5, 6-0.
The remaining three matches all went to a third set.
Dual-clinching specialist Iamachkine lifted the Waves out of reach, scoring the fourth point with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-0 triumph against Takemoto at No. 4. The Pepperdine freshman has now scored the dual-clinching fourth point in 10 of the Waves' 17 wins this season.
#42 Pepperdine and #22 San Diego face off for the WCC Tournament championship title for the second-straight season on Saturday. Live scores will be available through the Tournament Central.
MM7: #2 Pepperdine 4, #3 San Francisco 1
Singles | Order of finish 3,6,1,4
1. Bernardo Saraiva (USF) def. Guilherme Hadlich (PEP) 7-5, 6-0
2. Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) vs. Nils Skajaa (USF) 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 1-0, unfinished
3. Stefan Menichella (PEP) def. James Tallman (USF) 6-0, 6-2
4. Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) def. Thomas Takemoto (USF) 6-2, 5-7, 6-0
5. Luca Marquard (PEP) vs. Vasco Valverde (USF) 1-6, 6-1, 2-3, unfinished
6. Lautaro Pane (PEP) def. Johan Samuelsson (USF) 6-0, 6-3
Doubles | Order of finish 1,2,3
1. Bernardo Saraiva/Nils Skajaa (USF) def. Guilherme Hadlich/Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) 8-2
2. Pedro Iamachkine/Lautaro Pane (PEP) def. James Tallman/Christian Brockstedt (USF) 8-6
3. Tom Hill/Kento Tanaka-Tamaki (PEP) def. Thomas Takemoto/Vasco Valverde (USF) 8-6