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Holmgren Wins Consolation Title

Oct. 23, 2017


Sunday's Results
Singles (Consolation Semifinals) Holmgren def. Max Mendelsohn (Pepperdine) 6-2, 6-7 (5), 10-6
Singles (Consolation Final) Holmgren def. Jonas Maier (Arizona) 6-3, 7-6 (2)
Doubles (Semifinals) Lautaro Pane/Pedro Iamachkine (Pepperdine) def. Gamerov/Holmgren 7-6 (3), 6-3

MALIBU, Calif. – August Holmgren won two matches to claim the singles consolation title at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships on Sunday.

The freshman defeated Pepperdine’s Max Mendelsohn in the semifinals (6-2, 6-7 (5), 10-6) before besting Arizona’s Jonas Maier in the championship match (6-3, 7-6 (2)).

“August showed a lot of heart and commitment to his tennis and this team winning the back draw,” said head coach Ryan Keckley. “We learned a lot about him as a competitor this weekend. Each round, he gained more and more confidence in his play. He saved some of his best tennis for today. Playing 11 singles and doubles matches in 4 days is no easy task. We have a lot to look forward to with him this year.”

It was a quality finish to the weekend for Holmgren who also competed in the semifinals of the doubles main draw with teammate Joel Gamerov during the day. The duo dropped a 7-6 (3), 6-3, decision to Lautaro Pane and Pedro Iamachkine of Pepperdine.

“The momentum shifts in the doubles semifinals were unreal,” said Keckley. “We went up 3-1 serving and had the ball on our racquet to win the game to go up 4-1. We missed on a few opportunities, but still found ourselves with four set points at 6-5. We had three good looks but let our emotions get the best of us. It was a great tournament for Joel and August. We took away a lot of positives from today. I was proud of how well they competed throughout the weekend.”

The Toreros return to action next weekend at the SoCal Intercollegiate Championships in Los Angeles, Calif.

Saturday's Results
Doubles (Quarterfinals) Gamerov/Holmgren def. Logan Smith/Laurens Verboven (USC) 8-6
Singles (Consolation Round of 16) Holmgren def. Raul De La Torre (SDSU) 6-0, 6-4
Blaz Seric (Hawai'i) def. Keerasuntonpong 6-2, 6-3
Singles (Consolation Quarterfinals) Holmgren def. Valentin Lang (GCU) 6-3, 6-3
Extra Matches Borter def. Dane Esses (Pepperdine) 6-1, 6-2
Daly Meinert (Cal Poly) def. Kurtz 3-6, 6-4, 10-8

MALIBU, Calif. – Joel Gamerov and August Holmgren advanced to the semifinal round of the main doubles draw to highlight the third day of competition at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships.

Gamerov and Holmgren picked up an 8-6 victory against USC’s Logan Smith and Laurens Verboven. The duo will take on Pepperdine’s Petr Iamachkine and Lautaro Pane in the semifinals on Sunday.

"We took another step forward in both our singles and doubles play today,” said head coach Ryan Keckley. “The execution piece improved while our mental state stayed strong across the board. Joel and August made great adjustments mid match to help secure the win over USC. I was really proud of the intensity they brought to the court. They came up with some big shots in tense moments.”

Holmgren had a nice day in singles play as well, knocking off San Diego State’s Raul De La Torre (6-0, 6-4) in the consolation Round of 16 and Grand Canyon’s Valentin Lang (6-3, 6-3) in the quarterfinals.

“August continues to grind through the back draw,” said Keckley. “With each match, he gains more confidence in himself and his game. I believe our volunteer assistant, Jason Pongsrikul, was the last Torero to win the back draw in the Southwest regional. August hopes to join that exclusive club tomorrow.”

Nico Borter picked up a 6-1, 6-2, victory against Pepperdine’s Dane Esses in an extra singles match.

“Nico came out and played the best tennis I've seen out of him this fall in his singles match against Dane,” said Keckley. “That's not easy to do after losing a hard fought doubles match just moments before.”

The Toreros will continue play at the tournament on Sunday.

Friday's Results
Singles (Round of 32) Osorio def. #76 Thibault Forget (USC) 6-2, 6-3
Gamerov def. Anders Holm (UCSB) 6-0, 6-4
Singles (Round of 16) Michael Geerts (ASU) def. Gamerov 6-1, 6-3
Singles (Consolation Fourth Round)  Keerasuntonpong def. Daniel De La Torre (SDSU) 6-3, 6-3
  Holmgren def. Antoine Noel (Cal Poly)  2-6, 6-2, 10-8
Singles (Consolation Third Round) Matias Sborowitz (Pepperdine) def. Kurtz 7-5, 6-3
Bryce Pereira (UCLA) def. Borter 6-4, 6-7 (4), 10-8
Holmgren def. Lorenzo Fucile (GCU) 6-4, 7-5
Doubles (Round of 16) Gamerov/Holmgren def. Jonas Maier/Alejandro Requant-Bicardi (Arizona) 8-5
 Borter/Osorio def. Max Cressy/Keegan Smith (UCLA) 8-6

MALIBU, Calif. - Gui Osorio and Joel Gamerov advanced to the singles Round of 16 to highlight the second day of the ITA Southwest Regional.

Osorio defeated the 76th-ranked Thibault Forget of USC (6-2, 6-3), while Gamerov earned a victory against UC Santa Barbara's Anders Holm (6-0, 6-4).

"We had some standout performances in both singles and doubles today," said head coach Ryan Keckley. "Joel and Gui both had nice performances to start the day off in singles in the main draw. They both have been playing so physical in their matches as of late. I am really proud to see where they have come from in just one year."

Gamerov was bested by Arizona State's Michael Geerts (6-1, 6-3) in the Round of 16.

August Holmgren picked up a victory (6-4, 7-5) against Grand Canyon's Lorenzo Fucile in the consolation third round.

The Toreros went 2-0 in doubles play on the day. Gamerov and Holmgren defeated Ariozna's Jonas Maier and Alejandro Requant-Bicardi, 8-5, while Nico Borter and Osorio earned an 8-6 victory against UCLA's Max Cressy and Keegan Smith.

"The boys brought the energy this morningt to rattle off two solid doubles wins against Arizona and UCLA," said Keckley. "We played disciplined and smart during the big moments and that was the primary difference."

Play continues for USD on Saturday.

Thursday's Results
Singles (Round of 128) Fabian Woehrl (Hawai'i) def. Alex Araouzos (withdraw)
Alexander Stater (Cal Poly) def. Pratt Keerasuntonpong 3-6,6-1, 6-4
Ajai Shekhera (UCSB) def. Garrett Kurtz 6-1, 7-6 (2)
Singles (Round of 64) Brian Berdusco (Pepperdine) def. Nico Borter 6-2, 6-4
  Joel Gamerov def. Jonas Maier (Arizona) 6-1, 6-3
Gui Osorio def. Jack Van Slyke (Pepperdine) 5-7, 6-0, 6-1
Carlos Hassey (Arizona) def. August Holmgren 6-3, 7-6 (9)
Doubles (Round of 64) Kurtz/Keerasuntonpong def. Nicolas Baez/Dane Esses (Pepperdine) 8-2
Doubles (Round of 32) Borter/Osorio def. Michael Geerts/William Kirkman (Arizona State) 8-5
Anders Holm/Moreno de Alboran (UCSB) def. Kurtz/Keerasuntonpong  8-1
Gamerov/Holmgren def. Simon Freund/Ajai Shekhera (UCSB) 8-5

MALIBU, Calif. - Joel Gamerov and Gui Osorio won their Round of 64 matches to highlight the opening day of the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championships on Thursday.

Gamerov made quick work of Arizona's Jonas Maier (6-1, 6-3), while Osorio produced a dominating comeback effort against Pepperdine's Jack Van Slyke (5-7, 6-0, 6-1).

"I felt very good about heading into today's matches and thought we prepared extremely well this week," said head coach Ryan Keckley. "During our 12 hour day at the facility, we had some up and down results, but overall we competed well as a group."

The Toreros excelled in doubles play with Garrett Kurtz and Pratt Keerasuntonpong picking up a Round of 64 victory against Pepperdine's Nicolas Baez and Dane Esses, 8-2. The duo ran out of steam in the following round, dropping an 8-1 decision to UC Santa Barbara's Anders Holm and Moreno de Alboran.

"I was really happy with our doubles play early in the day though," said Keckley. "We looked much improved from last fall.  We played as a unit and stuck to the fundamental principles we preach each practice."

Nico Borter and Osorio teamed up for a Round of 32 win against Arizona State's Michael Geerts and William Kirkman, 8-5.

Gamerov and August Holmgren rounded out the solid day of doubles play with an 8-5 victory against UC Santa Barabara's Simon Freunt and Ajai Shekhera.

"Tomorrow is a new day and an opportunity for us to grow and get better," said Keckley. "I'm looking forward to see what we can do."



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