Senior Thibaut Visy and Coach Masi hug during the senior day celebration
April 19, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The No. 41 University of San Diego men's tennis team (16-8, 6-2) celebrated Thibaut Visy'sSenior Day with a 6-1 victory over Saint Mary's (9-13, 3-5) Friday afternoon at the Hogan Tennis Center.
Playing in his last home match of his career, Visy won both his doubles and singles match at the No. 1. Visy's doubles win was his 64th career victory, which puts him in sole possession of third most all-time.
"There were a lot of emotions when Coach was giving his speech with all the things I’ve been through and all the things I’ve accomplished," Visy said. "I’m just very happy. It has been an amazing four years. Today was just a day that I didn’t want to lose with it being my last home match."
The Toreros played very well from the beginning and swept the doubles point. Ciaran Fitzgerald and Andrew Carlisle struck first, winning 8-2 at the No. 3. Next it was the co-captains, Clarke Spinosaand Visy, who won 8-6 at the No. 1. It was the 37th career doubles for the Visy/Spinosa tandem, which is the second most in school history.
Uros Petronijevic and Romain Kalaydjian also won in doubles, winning 8-3 at the No. 2. The Toreros cruised in singles, winning their first three matches to clinch fifth win in the last six matches. Petronijevic got it started by cruising to a 6-2, 6-0 win at the No. 4. Clarke Spinosafollowed him with a 6-2, 6-2 win at the No. 2. It was the sixth straight singles victory for both Petronijevic and Spinosa.
On the day the Toreros were celebrating the career of their lone senior, Thibaut Visy, it was fitting that Visy would be the one to clinch the victory for the Toreros. Visy won 6-1, 6-3 over the 116th ranked Jesse Kiuru at the No. 1.
With the match decided, the Toreros continued to put the pressure on the Gaels. Victor Pugliese won in a third set tiebreaker 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6) at the No. 5 and Ciaran Fitzgeraldwon 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 6.
The final match went the Gaels way with Joakim Norstrom defeating Romain Kalaydjian6-7 (-), 6-4, 1-0 (10-4) at the No. 3.
The Toreros clinched third in the WCC with a 6-2 record and will receive a first round bye at next week's WCC Tournament. The Toreros will play the winner of Wednesday's No. 6 vs. No. 7 match on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the Barnes Tennis Center in Ocean Beach.
"I’ve said it many times, my goal is obviously to win the WCC Championship and beat Pepperdine," Visy said. "That would be amazing. I think we have the team to do it, we just need to go out there and play our best."
#41 San Diego 6, Saint Mary's College 1
1. Thibaut Visy(USD) def. #116 Jesse Kiuru (SMC) 6-1, 6-3
2. #90 Clarke Spinosa(USD) def. Tuomas Manner (SMC) 6-2, 6-2
3. Joakim Norstrom (SMC) def. Romain Kalaydjian(USD) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-4)
4. Uros Petronijevoc (USD) def. Seif El Sherbini (SMC) 6-2, 6-0
5. Victor Pugliese(USD) def. Thomas Hunt (SMC) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6)
6. Ciaran Fitzgerald(USD) def. Samuel Bloore (SMC) 6-4, 6-2
1. Clarke Spinosa/Thibaut Visy (USD) def. Jesse Kiuru/Joakim Norstrom (SMC) 8-6
2. Uros Petronijevoc/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) def. Tuomas Manner/Samuel Bloore (SMC) 8-3
3. Andrew Carlisle/Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) def. Seif El Sherbini/Thomas Hunt (SMC) 8-2
Saint Mary's College 9-12, 3-4
San Diego 15-8, 5-2; National ranking #41
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,2,1,5,6)
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