May 11, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The No. 39 University of San Diego men’s tennis team’s (18-8) season came to an end Sunday afternoon when they fell to the No. 5 UCLA Bruins 4-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
The Toreros knocked off No. 25 Boise State a day earlier to advance to the second round for the fourth straight season, but the Bruins, who have only dropped three matches all season, continued their high level of play to defeat the Toreros 4-0.
In doubles, the Bruins came out the gate strong picking up the first point at the No. 2 spot. UCLA’s Adrien Puget and Karue Sell knocked off sophomores Uros Petronijevic and Romain Kalaydjian 8-3. The Bruins secured the doubles point after No. 10 Marcos Giron and Mackenzie McDonald got revenge over 36th ranked duo senior Clarke Spinosa and freshman Filip Vittek 8-3.
With four out of their sixth competitors nationally ranked in the Bruin lineup, singles play proved to be a tough battle. The Bruins quickly extended their lead getting wins at the No. 6 and No. 5 spots. No. 95 Karue Sell got the victory over junior Andrew Raphaelson 6-0, 6-0, while Adrien Puget defeated junior Ciaran Fitzgerald 6-3, 6-2.
Although the remaining four matches were in the midst of tight sets, UCLA clinched the win after a 6-3, 7-5 win over Petronijevic.
The Toreros, who finish the season with an 18-8 record, will return everyone next season except for senior captain Clarke Spinosa. Spinosa is still in the running for the NCAA Singles Championships which will be conducted May 21-26 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., following the conclusion of the team championship (May 15-20). The University of Georgia will serve as host.