Toreros Travel to Take on Top Teams at ITA Kick Off

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Junior Andrew Raphaelson looks to take down the Waves in first dual match.
Junior Andrew Raphaelson looks to take down the Waves in first dual match.

Jan. 23, 2014


No. 41 San Diego vs. No. 12 Pepperdine

Friday, January 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 10:00 a.m. (Consolation)
Saturday, January 25, 2014, 1:00 p.m. (Championship)

Malibu, Calif., Ralph-Straus Tennis Center

LAST TIME OUT: Three Toreros were finalists at both the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Desert, Calif. and the Sherwood Collegiate Cup in Los Angeles, Calif. Sophomore Uros Petronijevic had an impressive weekend in Palm Desert winning four matches in a row before falling to TCU's No. 118 Facundo Lugones in the final 6-4, 6-2. At the Sherwood Collegiate Cup, first-time doubles duo Clarke Spinosa and Filip Vittek dominated, taking down top teams including UCLA's 10th ranked Giron/McDonald 8-7(2). On another high note, freshman Geoffrey Fosso knocked off TCU's No. 84 Nick Chappell 6-3, 6-3.

SCOUTING THE WAVES: Pepperdine enters the week ranked No. 12 in the country. They are coming off a win from Tuesday beating No. 36 University of Washington 5-2 in their season opener. The Wave's roster includes ranked players No. 33 Alex Sarkissian and No. 58 David Sofaer. Entering his 12th year, head coach Adam Steinberg finished last season with a 27-6 record, falling to No. 2 Georgia in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. Pepperdine leads the all time series against USD 28-3.

SCOUTING THE CRIMSON TIDE: The University of Alabama men's tennis team is coming off a triple-header sweep over UAB, Alabama A&M and Troy on Saturday at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility to open their 2014 season. Led by head coach George Husack, Alabama is currently ranked No. 33 in the country with ranked players such as No. 14 Daniil Proskura and No. 51 Becker O'Shaughnessey. Last season the Crimson Tide finished 14-14, falling to the Toreros 4-3 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Their all time series is tied 1-1.

SCOUTING THE BEARS: The California Golden Bears hold a current rank of No. 16 in the country. Peter Wright, in his 21st year as head coach, opened up the spring season defeating USF 4-0. Cal's roster includes No. 74 Campbell Johnson and No. 85 Andre Goransson. The Bears ended their 2013 season to Virginia in the round of 16 of the NCAA tournament, with a 16-10 record. Cal leads the all time series versus the Toreros 21-5.



IN THE MIX: Senior captain Clarke Spinosa received a career-high ranking of No. 27 in singles, while making headway in doubles as well. Teamed up with partner Filip Vittek, the duo defeated UCLA's 10th ranked Giron/McDonald in last week's Sherwood Collegiate Cup.

MEET THE FRESHMEN: The USD men's tennis team welcomes five new freshmen from five different countries to the 2013-14 roster including: Alexandros Araouzos, Aaron Addison, Geoffrey Fosso, Patrick Hall, and Filip Vittek. The young Toreros are eager to start off the season strong in their first dual match play.

FALL REVIEW: Last fall, three members of the University of San Diego men's tennis team were listed in the ITA's preseason rankings. Senior Clarke Spinosa came in at No. 42, while sophomores Romain Kalaydijan and Uros Petronijvic were slotted at No. 81 and No. 119 respectively.

The Toreros also took home two championship titles. After going a perfect 3-0 for the weekend, Spinosa took the title at the Harvard Chowder Fest after defeating Cal's Filip Bergevi 6-2, 6-3. Sophomore Uros Petronijevic went undefeated in singles as well, taking the title at the USTA Wildcard Shootout in Napa, Calif.

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