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#5 San Francisco Upsets #4 Santa Clara, #3 San Diego Cruises into Semifinals

April 25, 2013

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- The 2013 WCC Men's Tennis Championship continued this afternoon with No. 3 San Diego and No. 6 Saint Mary's each looking to secure a spot in the Championship semifinals. The Toreros came out strong, clinching the doubles point with victories on the Nos. 2 and 3 courts before registering straight set wins by Victor Pugliese (No. 5), Uros Petronijevic (No. 4), and Clarke Spinosa (No. 2) to clinch the match. The match at No. 1 singles looked to be a close one with San Diego's Thibaut Visy and Saint Mary's Jesse Kiuru splitting sets (1-6, 6-2) before going unfinished.

The upset of the day came this afternoon as No. 5 San Francisco forged a furious comeback over Bay Area rival No. 4 Santa Clara to advance to tomorrow's Championship semifinals. After dropping the doubles point, the Dons posted straight set victories at Nos. 4 and 6 singles, while the Broncos countered with a straight set win at No. 5 singles to even the match at 2-2. With three matches remaining, the Dons found an extra gear, highlighted by a 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles by Thai Tu, and a match clinching 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory by Nils Skajaa to seal their place in the semifinal round.

Men's play resumes Friday afternoon with semifinal action slated to begin at 12:30 p.m. PDT. San Diego will face No. 2 BYU, while San Francisco squares off against top-seeded Pepperdine. WCCsports.com will have live scoring updates throughout the day as well as a live video recap show at the conclusion of each day's men's competition.

Match #4

No. 5 San Francisco def. No. 4 Santa Clara 4-2

Doubles

1. John Lamble/Ilya Osintsev (SCU) def. Nils Skajaa/Bernardo Saraiva (USF), 8-4

2. Matt Kecki/Tom Pham (SCU) def. Thai Tu/Germain Bahri (USF), 8-5

3. Richard Bucalem/Jonathon Knowlman (USF) def. Eugene Muchynski/Tomasz Soltyka (SCU), 8-6

Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1

Singles

1. Thai Tu (USF) def. John Lamble (SCU), 7-5, 6-2

2. Ilya Osintsev (SCU) led Bernardo Saraiva (USF), 6-3, 4-6, 2-1 (DNF)

3. Nils Skajaa (USF) def. Matt Kecki (SCU), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3

4. Tom Pham (SCU) def. Rich Van Hout (USF), 6-2, 6-1

5. Tomasz Soltyka (USF) led Tomasz Soltyka (SCU), 6-1, 6-2

6. Germain Bahri (USF) def. Eugene Muchynski (SCU), 6-2, 6-1

Order of Finish: 6, 4, 5, 1, 3

Match #5

No. 3 San Diego def. No. 6 Saint Mary's 4-0

Doubles

1. Clarke Spinosa/Thibaut Visy (USD) led Jesse Kiuru/Joakim Norstrom (SMC), 7-5 (DNF)

2. Romain Kalaydjian/Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Tuomas Manner/Samuel Bloore (SMC), 8-6

3. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Victor Pugliese (USD) def. Seif El Sherbini/Thomas Hunt (SMC) 8-6

Order of Finish: 2, 3

Singles

1. Thibaut Visy (USD) vs Jesse Kiuru (SMC), 1-6, 6-2 (DNF)

2. Clarke Spinosa (USD) def. Joakim Norstrom (SMC), 6-2, 7-6 (2)

3. Romain Kalaykjian (USD) led Tuomas Manner (SMC), 7-6 (5), 1-3 (DNF)

4. Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Seif El Sherbini (SMC), 6-4, 6-0

5. Victor Pugliese (USD) def. Samuel Bloore (SMC), 6-2, 6-1

6. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) led Thomas Hunt (SMC), 7-5, 3-2

Order of Finish: 5, 4, 2