USD Going Strong at SoCal Intercollegiates

Thibaut Visy

Nov. 10, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's tennis team continued play on Friday at the Southern California Intercollegiate Tennis Championships at UCLA.

The third day of action included qualifying doubles, main draw doubles, main draw singles and back draw singles play.

Two USD doubles pairs advanced to the main draw on Friday. Romain Kalaydjian and Victor Pugliese had a first-round bye in qualifying action before going on to advance after UCLA's Warren Hardie and Ryoto Tachi had to withdraw due to injury. Meanwhile, Jakob Karnopp and Andrew Raphaelson had a first-round bye as well and topped Micah Groom and Christian Wickenhauser of Concordia 8-6 to advance.

Andrew Carlisle and Ciaran Fitzgerald lost their first doubles match in qualifying play. They fell to Travis Fillmore and Francis Sargeant of BYU 8-4.

In the doubles main draw, two of the Toreros' three pairs posted wins. Clarke Spinosa and Thibaut Visy defeated Othar Kordsachia and Daniel Simko of Loyola Marymount 8-3, while Kalaydjian and Pugliese bested BYU's Keaton Cullimore and John Pearce 8-4 to move on to the quarterfinals.

In their first main draw contest, Karnopp and Raphaelson fell to Jochem Hoefnagels and Frederik Wilkens of Azusa Pacific 8-3.

In main draw singles play, Visy and Spinosa were able to get their matches in that were delayed due to rain on Thursday. Visy defeated Ziad Sultan of UC Santa Barbara 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 in the round of 32 before topping Jan Meyer of Azusa Pacific 6-2 in the first set and leading 3-0 in the second when Meyer withdrew, moving Visy into the quarterfinals.



Spinosa also captured two singles wins after he defeated Wickenhauser 6-1, 6-3 in the round of 32 and Pepperdine's Mousheg Hovhannisyan 6-4, 6-1 in the round of 16.

Kalaydjian lost his singles contest to Frederik Wilkens of Azusa Pacific 7-6, 6-4 in the round of 16. Likewise, Pugliese fell in the round of 16 with his 6-4, 6-2 defeat to No. 2-seed Dennis Novikov of UCLA.

Karnopp and Fitzgerald were in action in the main draw back draw as Karnopp lost to Hoefnagels 6-0, 6-2 and Fitzgerald had a bye.

Singles and doubles action continues on Saturday and Sunday from the Los Angeles Tennis Center.