Feb. 26, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The No. 36 University of San Diego men's tennis team (6-2) cruised past Rice University (3-7) 7-0 Tuesday afternoon at the Hogan Tennis Center to win their third consecutive match.
The Toreros got off to a good start in doubles, winning all three matches. The Toreros had lost the doubles point in three of their last four matches, but Head Coach Brett Masi mixed up his pairings and it paid off.
"We switched it up and we got some guys together that we felt might bring a little more energy on to the court," Masi said. "Uros and Romain they played a little unconventional but it's what they do well, so we are just trying to get combinations of what guys do well with each other."
Thibaut Visy and Clarke Spinosa finished their match first, winning 8-6 at the No. 1. Andrew Carlisle and Ciaran Fitzgerald followed that by winning 9-7 in a tight battle on No. 3. Lastly, Romain Kalaydjian and Uros Petronijevic won 8-5 at the No. 3.
"Anytime you can go out and sweep the doubles point it's good and the guys bought in to what we worked on the last couple days leading up to this match and they went out and executed it," Masi said. "The most important thing is to bring energy and we brought energy from the start to finish."
The Toreros' momentum carried over to singles play as the Toreros won all six singles matches. Ciaran Fitzgerald set the tone early on winning 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 6, which was followed by a 6-3, 6-2 win by Uros Petronijevic at the No. 3. Petronijevic, who fell five spots to No. 112 in the latest ITA singles rankings, was playing his first match ever at the No. 3.
Next up for the Toreros was a 6-1, 6-2 victory for Thibaut Visy
at the No. 2 to clinch the win for USD. Visy is now 4-1 in 2013 when playing at the No. 2.
earned a 6-1, 6-4 victory at the No. 1, which was followed by a 6-3, 7-5 win by No. 82 Clarke Spinosa
, who moved up six spots in the newly released rankings. Lastly, Victor Pugliese
won 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 5. Pugliese has now won five of his last six singles matches.
"Vic has been very disciplined in his approach. He is playing solid with good patience with how he hits the ball," Masi said. "He has executed his game plan to perfection."
The Toreros, who fell to No. 36 in the latest ITA team rankings, look to stay undefeated at home when they take on No. 2 USC Trojans at home on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
"It will be fun. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to play the number two team in the country, let alone the four-time defending national champions on your home court in front of your home fans," Masi said. "That's a pretty fun thing, the guys should be excited and play hard and have a nothing to lose mentality. It's like our basketball team playing Gonzaga, we are going to make it fun and exciting."
1. Clarke Spinosa/Thibaut Visy (USD) def. Adam Gustafsson/Tommy Bennett (RICE) 8-6
2. Romain Kalaydjian/Uros Petronijevoc (USD) def. Peter Frank/Philipp Seifert (RICE) 8-5
3. Andrew Carlisle/Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) def. Leif Berger/Jonathan Chang (RICE) 9-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2)
1. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Jonathan Chang (RICE) 6-1, 6-4
2. Thibaut Visy (USD) def. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) 6-1, 6-2
3. #112 Uros Petronijevoc (USD) def. Philipp Seifert (RICE) 6-3, 6-2
4. #82 Clarke Spinosa (USD) def. Tommy Bennett (RICE) 6-3, 7-5
5. Victor Pugliese (USD) def. Peter Frank (RICE) 6-2, 6-4
6. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) def. Gustavo Gonzalez (RICE) 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: Singles (6,3,2,1,4,5)