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March 20, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The No. 61 University of San Diego men's tennis team (8-5, 3-0 WCC) competed in a marathon of a match Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic. After a nail-biting doubles point, the Toreros went on to upset the No. 40 Purdue Boilermakers (7-3) 4-1.
As doubles play commenced, the Boilermakers came out hungry. However, with nine doubles points under their belt, the Toreros continued to stay mentally tough. After back and forth battles at the No. 1 and 3 spots, the Toreros came out on top in what would prove to be one of the most crucial points of the match. Almost simultaneously, juniors Ciaran Fitzgerald and Andrew Raphaelson knocked off Purdue's Mark Kovacs and Mateus Silva 8-7(1), while No. 31 Clarke Spinosa and Filip Vittek defeated Diego Acosta and Aaron Dujovne 8-7(3).
In singles, strong performances from the top of the line-up allowed the Toreros to secure the win. Although the Boilermakers picked up a point at the No. 6 spot, Spinosa cruised by Purdue's Szymon Tatrczyk 6-3, 6-0. Sophomore Romain Kalaydjian soon followed rolling past Mark Kovacs 6-3, 6-3. Kalaydjian is 7-3 in regular season play. While down 3-1, the Boilermakers would not go down easy with the remaining three matches all going into three sets. After coming back from a set down, sophomore Uros Petronijevic unleashed an incredible performance to clinch the win and the upset, taking down Boilermakers' Ricky Medinilla 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.
"The difference from today in comparison with some of our earlier matches against ranked teams is that we are more `seasoned' now," Head coach Brett Masi said after the match. "Today was a tough fight against a really good team. Purdue is in a great conference who has beaten a top 25 team this year. I am really impressed how we played at spots 1 and 3. Uros did a good job of coming back and fighting another great player, really taking it to him in the third set. I'm happy with today, but tomorrow won't be any easier. Harvard is ranked top 30 and we have to be ready to battle."
The Toreros return to action in the semi-finals of the tournament against No. 28 Harvard, tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. PT at the Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center.
San Diego 4, Purdue 1
1. #31 Clarke Spinosa/Filip Vittek (USD) def. Diego Acosta/Aaron Dujovne (PURDUE) 8-7(3)
2. Romain Kalaydjian/Uros Petronijevic (USD) vs. Szymon Tatarczyk/Ricky Medinilla (PURDUE) 7-4 DNF
3. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Andrew Raphaelson (USD) def. Mark Kovacs/Mateus Silva (PURDUE) 8-7(1)
1. #59 Clarke Spinosa (USD) def. Szymon Tatrczyk (PURDUE) 6-3, 6-0
2. Uros Petronijevic (USD) def. Ricky Medinilla (PURDUE) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
3. Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Mark Kovacs (PURDUE) 6-3, 6-3
4. Aaron Dujovne (PURDUE) vs. Filip Vittek (USD) 2-6, 7-5, 3-0 DNF
5. Diego Acosta (PURDUE) vs. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) 6-4, 3-6, 3-1 DNF
6. Mateus Silva (PURDUE) def. Geoffrey Fosso (USD) 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 1); Singles (6, 1, 3, 2)