Feb. 9, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - In a match where momentum bounced back and forth all day long, the No. 26 Toreros (4-2) came out on top, edging out Arizona 4-3 to give the Wildcats their first loss of the season.
Ciaran Fitzgerald sealed the victory for USD with a late 6-3, 2-6, 6-0 win at the No. 6 over Arizona's Sumeet Shinde.
"Fitz got it done for the team today and that boy has been waiting for that win for a long time," Head Coach Brett Masi said. "I'm very happy for him!"
The Toreros, who were coming off a strong showing at No. 5 UCLA, hit the ground running and took the doubles point. Roman Kalaydjian and Ciaran Fitzgerald took care of business at the No. 1 winning 8-2 over Fredrik Ask and Naoki Takeda. Thibaut Visy and Uros Petronijevic followed that up with an 8-4 victory at No. 2.
The Toreros snagged the first two singles matches to open up a 3-0 lead. Victor Pugliese was the first to finish, beating Takeda 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 5. Visy then would beat Andre Vidaller 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 2.
"Great job today by Victor coming out and taking care of business today in singles," Masi said. "Thibaut was a stud as well."
The undefeated Wildcats wouldn't go down without a fight though, winning matches at the No. 3 and No. 4 spot to close the deficit to 3-2 USD. Giacomo Miccini came back to beat Clarke Spinosa 3-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-1 at the No. 3 and Uros Petronijevic fell to Kieren Thompson 7-6 (13-11), 6-3 at the No. 4. Spinosa and Petronijevic were coming off big wins over opponents ranked in the top 50.
The match would come down to Fitzgerald at the No. 6 and Kalaydjian at the No. 1. With his teammates cheering him on, Fitzgerald played with incredible poise to sweep the third set 6-0 giving the Toreros a big win.
Kalaydjian lost a tough match 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-2 at the No. 1 to Fredrik Ask.
"We were very fortunate today to come away with that win. We did a great job in doubles today and then had some huge wins in singles for a few guys personally," Masi said. "Arizona came ready to compete and wanting to take us down. We have had their number the past few years at their place so we were all over the guys about being ready."
It was a big win for the Toreros who have a tough stretch coming up where they play three consecutive home matches against ranked opponents. No. 38 Boise State will be their first test when they visit on February 22 for a 1:30 p.m. match.
1. Kalaydjian/Fitzgerald (USD) def. Ask/Takeda (Arizona) 8-2
2. Visy/Petronijevic (USD) def. Shinde/Thompson (Arizona) 8-4
3. Spinosa/Carlisle (USD) vs. Miccini/Urquidi (Arizona) 7-6, unfinished
Order of Finish: (1,2)
1. Fredrik Ask (Arizona) def. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 7-7 (7-3), 3-6, 6-2
2. Thibaut Visy (USD) def. Andre Vidaller (Arizona) 6-3, 6-4
3. Giacomo Miccini (Arizona) def. Clarke Spinosa (USD) 3-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-1
4. Kieren Thompson (Arizona) def. Uros Petronijevic (USD) 7-6 (13-11), 6-3
5. Victor Pugliese (USD) def. Naoki Takeda (Arizona) 6-4, 6-2
6. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) def. Sumeet Shinde (Arizona) 6-3, 2-6, 6-0
Order of Finish: (5, 2, 3, 4, 6, 1)
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