March 15, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -The No. 51 University of San Diego men's tennis team (8-4, 1-1) defeated Gonzaga (6-5, 0-2) 6-1 in their WCC home opener Friday evening to complete a sweep of their doubleheader. The Toreros had knocked off No. 42 Middle Tennessee State by the same 6-1 score earlier in the day.
"We had our first chance [to get a WCC win] last week at BYU and we lost that so now we really have to take care of business from here on out," Head Coach Brett Masi said after the match. "We want to try to get in that No 1 or 2 spot, and try to get that double-bye, so we only have to play two matches in the conference tournament."
For the second time of the day the Toreros were able to win the doubles point. Thibaut Visy and Clarke Spinosa cruised to an 8-0 win at the No. 1 which was followed by an 8-5 win by Romain Kalaydjian and Uros Petronijevic at the No. 2. Victor Pugliese and Ciaran Fitzgerald completed the doubles sweep with a 9-7 victory at the No. 3 spot.
"We had a good day at No. 1 where Thibaut and Clarke set the tone in both matches with an 8-2 win over Middle Tennessee State and an 8-0 win over these guys," Masi said. "It brings a lot of relief to the other guys and gives them a boost of confidence."
The Toreros momentum carried over in to singles play where they won their first four matches to clinch their first conference victory of the season. Romain Kalaydjian cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win at the No. 2, which was followed by a 6-2, 6-0 win for No. 94 Clarke Spinosa at the No. 3. Uros Petronijevic sealed the win for the Toreros with a 6-3, 6-2 win at the No. 3. Ciaran Fitzgerald continued his impressive singles play, winning 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 at the No. 5. Fitzgerald has now won six of his last seven singles matches.
The Zags earned their first point at the No. 1 where Alvaro Nazal outlasted Thibaut Visy
7-6 (7-2), 6-4. The last match at the No. 6 came down to the wire where Jakob Karnopp
(Pacific Beach, Calif.) outlasted Vicente Varas 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (13-11) to bring the final score to 6-1.
"I wanted to make sure we got some guys some rest and Vic was a little banged up and I wanted to rest him since he had a long first match," Masi said. "It just shows our depth that we can get a guy like Jakob in there, who hasn’t played much this year, and he can go out and get a win. It was fun to see him play."
The Toreros return to action tomorrow afternoon when they host the Portland Pilots at 1:00 p.m. at the Hogan Tennis Center.
#51 San Diego 6, Gonzaga Bulldogs 1
1. NAZAL, Alvaro (GON) def. Thibaut Visy(USD) 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
2. Romain Kalaydjian(USD) def. JAMIN, Olivier (GON) 6-1, 6-1
3. #94 Clarke Spinosa(USD) def. GUILLERMO, Levin (GON) 6-2, 6-0
4. Uros Petronijevoc (USD) def. SMITH, Hayden (GON) 6-3, 6-2
5. Ciaran Fitzgerald(USD) def. MIJATOVIC, Vladimir (GON) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
6. Jakob Karnopp(USD) def. VARAS, Vicente (GON) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (13-11)
1. Thibaut Visy/Clarke Spinosa (USD) def. MIJATOVIC, Vladimir/JAMIN, Olivier (GON) 8-0
2. Romain Kalaydjian/Uros Petronijevoc (USD) def. SMITH, Hayden/VARAS, Vicente (GON) 8-5
3. Victor Pugliese/Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) def. NAZAL, Alvaro/MOSQUERA PÉREZ, Pabl (GON) 9-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,3,4,5,1,6)