March 16, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -The No. 51 University of San Diego men's tennis team (9-4, 2-1) defeated Portland (7-5, 1-1) 7-0 Saturday afternoon at the Hogan Tennis Center. The Toreros have won three matches in the last two days by an aggregate score of 19-2.
"It’s good getting confidence back after losing at BYU," Senior captain Thibaut Visy said after the match. "It was important to get those three wins for the rankings. We are looking forward to the tournament next weekend and hope we can get some wins."
The Toreros showed little fatigue from their doubleheader a day earlier and cruised in doubles, winning all three matches. Romain Kalaydjian and Uros Petronijevic won 8-1 at the No. 2 for their fourth straight doubles win. Clarke Spinosa and Thibaut Visy followed that with an 8-2 win at the No. 1. The last doubles match was won 8-2 by Ciaran Fitzgerland and Victor Pugliese at the No. 3. Visy and Spinosa have won three of their last four doubles matches.
"We made some changes, we go high more now," Visy said. "Our returns have always been solid, but we have made improvements on our serve and our aggression at the net."
The Toreros clinched the win early in the one after taking the first three singles matches. Clarke Spinosa, who is ranked No. 94 by the ITA, won his singles match easily at the No. 3 winning 6-0, 6-0. Victor Pugliese followed that with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at the No. 5 and then Uros Petronijevic clinched the win for the Toreros with a 6-1, 6-2 win at the No. 3.
Next it was Ciaran Fitzgerald's
turn, he won 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 6 spot to claim his seventh win in his last eight matches.
Romain Kalaydjian and Thibaut Visy would snag the last two singles victories. Kalaydjian won 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 at the No. 2 and Visy won 7-5, 6-4 at the No. 1. The Toreros return to action next Thursday at 2:00 p.m. with the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic, which the Toreros will be co-hosting with San Diego State. Their opponent will be determined early next week.
"We are going to get some rest now after these three matches. They were intense," Visy said. "We got to come back Monday and Tuesday hungry and willing to do work because we have three tough matches coming up and we need to get the W in those."
#51 San Diego 7, Portland 0
1. Thibaut Visy(USD) def. GILL, Ratan (POR) 7-5, 6-4
2. Romain Kalaydjian(USD) def. HU KWO, Michel (POR) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
3. #94 Clarke Spinosa(USD) def. FERRERO, Alex (POR) 6-0, 6-0
4. Uros Petronijevoc (USD) def. GUAY, Justin (POR) 6-1, 6-2
5. Victor Pugliese(USD) def. MARTIN, Jackson (POR) 6-1, 6-1
6. Ciaran Fitzgerald(USD) def. ANDREASEN, Kent (POR) 6-3, 6-2
1. Clarke Spinosa/Thibaut Visy (USD) def. GILL, Ratan/FERRERO, Alex (POR) 8-2
2. Uros Petronijevoc/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. HU KWO, Michel/MARTIN, Jackson (POR) 8-1
3. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Victor Pugliese (USD) def. ANDREASEN, Kent/GUAY, Justin (POR) 8-2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,5,4,6,2,1)