CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Toreros made a major comeback in the semifinals of the WCC Championships Friday afternoon. They lost the doubles point, but came back in singles play to clinch the win against the WCC No. 1 seed, No. 46 Portland.
The men lost the doubles point and one singles point. But the Toreros didn't let the Portland Pilots make one move on them.
"It was not a peak performance by any means, but we competed well down the stretch in this one," said Head Coach Ryan Keckley. "We didn't push the panic button when we went down a doubles point and four first sets. We kept our calm and stayed together as a unit."
Senior Joshua Page scored the first point against the Pilot's Pierre Garcia at the No. 3 spot. He won his match in a swift 6-0, 6-2 decision.
To even the score No. 94 Filip Vittek beat 2017 WCC Player of the Year Michail Pervolarakis 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 1 position. In a long battle Guus Koevermans final broke the tie, giving the edge to San Diego. He won over Alex Wallace in a three set match, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1.
The Pilots tried to get a point back to even out the match, but the Toreros got to it first. Alexandros Araouzos clinched match on court six in the third set. He defeated his Portland competitor, Felix Fan, 6-7, 6-0, 6-2.
"We have been focusing on ourselves and the items we can control over the past semester, and it really paid off today," said Coach Keckley. "I was really proud of our upperclassmen showing the youngsters on this team what tournament time is all about. We gathered our nerves and pushed through after a lot of fight from Portland. They are a well coached team, and we were fortunate to walk away with a W this afternoon. We set our sights on tomorrow's match with Pepperdine, a rivalry that needs no introduction."
The upset from the No. 4 Toreros on Friday set the tone for the kind of match they will play against No. 2 Pepperdine. If San Diego wins on Saturday, they will walk away with their fourth WCC Championship in a row. They also earn a spot in the NCAA tournament.
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