Bubnic and Visy with coaches Brett Masi (left) and Ryan Keckley (right)
Oct. 24, 2011
MALIBU, Calif.- Nikola Bubnic and Thibaut Visy captured the doubles title at the USTA/ITA Division I Men's Southwestern Regional Championships on Monday morning from Pepperdine's Ralphs-Straus Stadium. Bubnic and Visy defeated Fresno State's Francis Alcantara and Remi Boutillier 8-2 in the final, earning them a trip to Flushing, NY for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 3rd-6th.
"The whole week we played really well," said Visy after the win. "Niko served amazing, I was returning very well and pushing hard putting the pressure on our opponents. We really worked well together the whole weekend and our biggest strength was that we were so united."
"We came out with high expectations and we gave ourselves a shot," said head coach Brett Masi about his team. "Niko and Thibaut did everything that we work on- they were really focused and played well together the whole tournament. The best thing they did was that they took it to their opponents right away, got an early lead, and never let up. They did a good job and they're very excited to go to New York."
The tandem becomes the first USD doubles pair in program history to win a Regional and qualify for the National Indoors.
Over the course of the five-day tournament, Bubnic and Visy went 5-0 in doubles after coming in as the No. 9 seed. In the round of 16, Bubnic and Visy knocked out the No. 1 seed Sebastian Fanselow and Jenson Turner of Pepperdine, 8-6.
USTA/ITA Div. I Men's Regionals
Oct 20-24, 2011 at Malibu, CA (Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center)
MDF Nikola Bubnic/Thibaut Visy (San Diego) def. Francis Alcantara/Remi Boutillier (Fresno State) 8-2