(Courtesy of San Diego Media Relations)
TULSA, Okla. – The doubles team of Jordan Angus/Filip Vittek and Uros Petronijevic (singles) both overcame first set losses to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA National championships.
For the second day in a row, Uros Petronijevic lost his first set and then rallied to win the next two sets to knock off a higher-ranked opponent and advance in the NCAA Singles Championships. The Serbia native defeated Oklahoma's No. 25 Axel Alvarez Llamas 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Jordan Angus and Filip Vittek, knocked off 21st-ranked duo of Andreas Bjerrehus & Joao Monteiro 5-7, 7-6, 1-0 to move on. They become the first Torero doubles team to win a NCAA match since 2002 (Jason Pongsrikul and Juan Cerda).
This was Angus’ 28th doubles win on the season, tying a school record set in 1987 by David Stewart.
Petronijevic is now part of the final 16 singles competitors, which automatically earns him All-American Honors. He becomes the fifth Torero to be named an All-American since the program moved up to Division I (1980) and the first since 2009 (Dean Jackson).
After losing the first set 6-4, it looked grim for Petronijevic after he fell behind 4-1 in the second set. However, Petronijevic rallied to win the next five games to win the second set 6-4 and force a third.
He once again found his back against the wall in the final set, falling behind 5-4. But his fitness and determination led him to win the final three games to take the set 7-5 and win the match. It is the second consecutive day, Petronijevic has beat an opponent ranked in the top 50; he is currently ranked No. 56.
Petronijevic will now face South Florida's Roberto Cid, who is ranked No. 2 in the country. It will be the third meeting between Petronijevic and Cid this season; Cid won the first meeting and the second one went unfinished with each player winning one set. They battle at 8:00 a.m. PT Friday morning at Tulsa's Case Tennis Center.
Angus and Vittek advance to face the winner of Florida State’s Benjamin Locke/Marco Nunez and Oklahoma State’s Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe.