Toreros Kick Off WCC Tournament on Thursday

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Senior Thibaut Visy was named to the WCC All-Academic Team
Senior Thibaut Visy was named to the WCC All-Academic Team

April 23, 2013

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No. 3 San Diego (16-8, 6-2) vs. Winner of No. 6 St. Mary’s (9-14, 3-5) & No. 7 Portland (10-11, 2-6) 

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12:30 P.M.

*If the Toreros win, they will advance to play No. 2 BYU (20-5, 7-1) on Friday*

All matches will be played at the Barnes Tennis Center (4490 W Point Loma Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107) at 12:30 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros celebrated Thibaut Visy’s Senior Day with a 6-1 win over St. Mary’s. Visy, playing in his last match at the Hogan Tennis Center, won his doubles match (with Clarke Spinosa) 8-6 at then clinched the win with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over No. 116 Jesse Kiuru. Clarke Spinosa and Uros Petronijevic each extended their win streak to six with singles wins, while Victor Pugliese and Ciaran Fitzgerald also took care of business.

TOURNEY TIME: The Toreros enter this week’s WCC Tournament as the No. 3 seed. They will receive a first round bye, before playing the winner of No. 6 St. Mary’s and No. 7 Portland. The Toreros beat both of those teams in the regular season and are looking ahead to a rematch with the No. 2 seeded BYU Cougars, who the Toreros lost to 4-3 on the road in early March. All matches will be played at the Barnes Tennis Center at 12:30 p.m.

SCOUTING THE GAELS: Saint Mary’s enters the WCC Tournament with a five-match losing streak… The Gaels finished sixth in the conference with a 3-5 record (9-14 overall)… The Gaels lost to the Toreros last weekend 6-1. Their lone point came from Joakim Norstrom who outlasted Romain Kalaydjian in a third set tiebreaker… The Gaels beat the Pilots in the regular season 4-3… The Gaels No. 1, Jesse Kiuru, is currently ranked No. 114 by the ITA and holds a 9-13 singles record… The Gaels No. 2 doubles squad Samuel Bloore and Tuomas Manner are 10-8 on the season, the only Gaels tandem with a winning record… Michael Wayman has been the head coach for the Gaels since 1996 and has been named WCC Coach of the Year three times… The Toreros are 12-1 all-time against the Gaels.

SCOUTING THE PILOTS: The Pilots, like the Gaels, are in the midst of a losing streak. They have lost their last four matches, all of which were conference matches… The Pilots lost to the Toreros in San Diego 7-0 on March 16… The Pilots No. 1, Ratan Gill, is 11-8 on the season… Gill, along with Alex Ferrero, are 10-7 in doubles at the No. 1… Pilots Coach Aaron Gross has been at Portland for 17 years and has had one All-American and 19 all WCC selections… The Toreros have never lost to the Pilots, holding a 9-0 all-time record. 

SCOUTING THE COUGARS: The Toreros will face BYU if they win their match on Thursday. The Cougars went 7-1 (20-5 overall) in WCC play and finished second behind Pepperdine (8-0). They currently are one spot ahead of the Toreros in the ITA rankings at No. 39… The Cougars beat the Toreros 4-3 in Provo, Utah in early March. The three Torero points came from singles victories for Romain Kalaydjian, Victor Pugliese, and Ciaran Fitzgerald… The Cougars are 7-4 against ranked opponents… The Cougars have been ranked all season with their highest ranking coming February 26 when they were No. 30… The Cougars are led by Patrick Kawka, who is 19-5 and holds a No. 45 ITA ranking… Keaton Cullimore is also having a great season for the Cougars. He holds a 16-5 record playing primarily at the No. 4… The Cougars are one of the toughest doubles teams in the conference. Kawka and Francis Sargeant are 14-5 at the No. 1 are ranked No. 80 and Cullimore and John Pearce are 14-6 at the No. 3… BYU Coach Brad Pearce has been with the program since 2004 and helped the Cougars reach their first top 25 ranking in over 30 years in 2010… The Toreros hold an 18-8 advantage in the all-time series and but lost to the Cougars earlier this season 4-3 on the road.

THE TOTAL PACKAGE: Senior Thibaut Visy was recently named to the WCC All-Academic Team. Visy, who is a finance major, has a 3.30 GPA and was named to the All-Academic team in 2011 as well. Visy plans to attend graduate school in either London or Paris after graduating from USD.

IN THE MIX: The Toreros rose one spot to No. 40 in the latest ITA rankings this week… The Toreros have been in the rankings all season, getting as high as No. 26 and falling as low as No. 51… Junior captain Clarke Spinosa fell six spots in the singles rankings to No. 96 despite winning his last six singles matches.

THIBAUT D’ADIEU: Friday’s match against Saint Mary’s was the last regular match of senior Thibaut Visy’s career. Visy was Head Coach Brett Masi’s first recruit at USD and he has been a contributor from day one, helping the Toreros win the 2011 WCC Championship. Visy holds an 81-46 singles record (59-31 in dual matches), and is 64-43 in doubles. His doubles partner (and roommate) Clarke Spinosa had this to say about the Toreros’ lone senior, “If I had to recommend one thing to a young guy: it would be to watch how hard Thibaut competes and with such class every match. The guy is special and has and done some amazing things for this program.”

Coach Masi also had nice parting words for Visy. “I am so proud of how Thibaut has grown up during his four years here. He came in here as a boy and is leaving here a man!” Masi said. “I owe a lot to him for what he has done for me and this program. I will miss you my brother. 

For a more lengthy recap of Visy’s career, click here.

CLARKE ATTACK:  Junior co-captain Clarke Spinosa has won six consecutive singles matches and eight of his last ten. Spinosa, who is ranked No. 96 by the ITA in singles, has also won seven in a row against WCC opponents heading into this week’s tournament.

SERBIN’ IT UP: Freshman Uros Petronijevic arrived in San Diego just weeks before the season began and in just a months time he had forced himself into the ITA singles rankings at No. 107. Petronijevic’s stay in the rankings was short-lived, but since falling out he has been on a tear. Petronijevic is 9-3 since the beginning of March and is currently riding a six match single win streak.

NOTHING BEATS HOME COOKING: Playing away from home has been unkind to the Toreros so far this season. USD is 2-6 when playing outside of San Diego, and 13-2 at the Hogan Tennis Center. 

GOING AGAINST THE BEST:  Pepperdine was the 14th ranked opponent and third top ten opponent the Toreros have faced this season, which will help prepare them for the WCC and NCAA Tournaments. USD is 6-8 so far against teams ranked in the ITA’s Top 75 

A NEW GUY EH?: Head Coach Brett Masi is pleased to announced the new addition to the Torero tennis family. Patrick Hall, a lefthander from Vancouver, Canada, will join the team in the fall. Hall recently competed in the U-18 Canadian Indoor Nationals, where he finished in the top eight after advancing to the quarterfinals in singles. Hall also advanced to the semifinals in doubles in his last two U-18 ITF Tournaments, and was a finalist in last year’s tournament (April 2012). To read the press release on Hall, click here.

 GET THE INSIDE SCOOP: Want the latest insider information of the Torero tennis team? Head Coach Brett Masi reveals inside stories and jokes from the practice court, road trips, and even ice baths in his weekly newsletter, which can be seen here.

PRESEASON PRAISE: USD was picked to finished second in the WCC preseason poll, receiving 57 points and one first place vote. The Toreros came in behind Pepperdine who took home eight first-place votes and 64 overall points. Santa Clara was voted third with 47 points, followed by BYU (45), San Francisco (30), Saint Mary's (29), and Loyola Marymount (23). Rounding out the poll was Portland (19) in eighth place and Gonzaga (10) in ninth.

MEET HEAD COACH Brett Masi: Masi enter his fourth year at USD with a 49-25 record. Masi guided the Toreros to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011-12 as USD posted an 18-9 record on the year and advanced to the second round of the NCAAs. The season was highlighted by a 4-1 victory over No. 11 Texas on the road that marked the third-highest ranked team USD has ever defeated. Masi's squad climbed as high as No. 16 in the ITA rankings before finishing the year at No. 26, the team's highest final ranking since the 1993 squad finished at No. 21.

In only his second year at USD in 2010-11, Masi led the Toreros to one of their finest seasons in decades as USD defeated Santa Clara 4-1 to claim the Toreros' first West Coast Conference title since 1990, as Masi took home WCC Coach of the Year honors, becoming the first USD coach to ever do so. In addition to being named ITA Southwest Region Coach of the Year, Masi guided USD to its first NCAA Championship appearance since the 2006 season, where the Toreros defeated No. 35 BYU 4-0 in the first round, before falling to eventual national champion USC in the second round. Under Masi, six Toreros earned All-WCC honors in 2011 and three players took home WCC Player of the Month honors, including conference player of the year Dean Jackson and conference freshman of the year Clarke Spinosa. Over the past two years, Masi has coached Jackson, who during the 2010-11 season tied the all-time USD career singles wins record with his 100th victory. Spinosa, one of Masi's first recruits at USD, tied the record for most singles wins by a freshman in Torero history (28) and set a new dual singles record by a freshman (21-3).

Also in 2011, Masi coached the Toreros to their highest Campbell/ITA ranking since 1990, reaching No. 20 and spending four-straight weeks in the Top-25 after opening the season with a No. 58 ranking. The Toreros put together their best team winning percentage (.731) since 1993 and closed out a perfect 10-0 dual match record at home. Masi guided the team to 12-consecutive dual match victories during the season, coming within two of the all-time USD record, while also leading the Toreros to six shutouts on the year, two shy of the USD record. Overall on the year, six of USD's seven losses came against teams ranked in the Campbell/ITA Top-10.

In his first season at the helm, Masi secured a record of 12-9, a final ITA ranking of No. 62, and a third place finish at the WCC Championships in April. The Toreros captured strong wins over UC Santa Barbara (6-1), UNLV (4-2), Cal Poly (5-2), and at the time, 51st-ranked UC Irvine (4-3). San Diego was led by All-WCC First Team selections, junior Dean Jackson and sophomore Nikola Bubnic, who each garnered 10+ singles victories in the dual campaign. Jackson finished the season with a record of 14-2, all at the No. 1 position, while taking home WCC Player of the Month honors for the month of February. Bubnic had more wins than any other Torero in 2010, capturing 30 singles victories for the combined fall and spring campaigns, a feat that has not been achieved since Jose Luis Noriega earned a mark of 31-4 in 1991.

Masi was named USD's new head men's tennis coach on May 21st, 2009. Masi came to USD from the University of Southern California where he had been with the USC men's tennis program since 2005, and had been Peter Smith's top assistant. The USC men's tennis program won the 2009 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship with a 4-1 win over #3 seed Ohio State. Masi took over for the late Tom Hagedorn who lost his courageous 18-month battle with Leukemia in late March 2009.

Prior to taking over at USD, Masi earned back-to-back honors as the ITA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year. He first won the award in 2007 following the Trojans' run to an 11-0 start and eventual 23-3 overall record with its trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals, and picked up his second accolade in 2008 after another USC run to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

The recently completed 2012 campaign marked his tenth season in collegiate tennis after spending his first two years as an assistant coach to the men and women's programs at Santa Clara University. Masi shared the responsibilities of individual workouts, strength and conditioning, recruiting and summer camp instruction for both the Bronco men's and women's teams in 2003 and 2004. In addition to his coaching duties, Masi also served as the Club Sports Coordinator and Bronco Kidz All-Sports Camp Director for the Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Department in Santa Clara during this time.

Masi was a four-year letter winner at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he remains one of the program's all-time winningest players. He completed his career with a 60-29 singles record; playing among the top three singles positions since his freshman campaign. He earned his highest career singles ranking at No. 38 in 2000 and was named to the All-Big West Conference first team as a senior. In 2001, he earned his bachelor's degree in recreation administration from Cal Poly and earned his master's degree from Azusa Pacific in 2002.

In addition to coaching, Masi runs tennis camps in the summer with former USD coach Ed Collins.

Masi prepped at Riverside Poly High School, where he was a four-time Ivy League champion in both singles and doubles. Masi was born Nov. 2, 1978 in Riverside, Calif. He and his wife, Desiree, have two young children - a son, Jaxson, and daughter, Devyn.