March 23, 2013
SAN DIEGO Calif. -The No. 38 University of San Diego men's tennis team (11-5, 2-1) defeated No. 72 Oklahoma State (8-7) 4-3 in the consolation championship of the San Diego Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Hogan Tennis Center.
The Toreros, who were playing their third match in as many days, just missed out on the doubles point but rallied in singles to claim their fifth victory in the last six matches.
"We’ve won five matches out of six, and that gives us confidence," Head Coach Brett Masi said after the match. "Lots of guys have won a lot of matches in a row or had some pretty good streaks, that’s something you have to use and be proud of and give yourself a little but of an ego."
The Cowboys' Brady Bohrnstedt and Chris Haworth knocked off Ciaran Fitzgerald and Victor Pugliese 8-5 at the No. 3. Romain Kalaydjian and Uros Petronijevic also fell 8-5 at the No. 2 to Denys Pume and Richard Del Nunzio, who are 43rd in the ITA doubles rankings. Thibaut Visy and Clarke Spinosa'smatch at the No. 1 went unfinished, although the Toreros held a 7-5 advantage.
The Toreros sprinted out of the gates in singles, winning the first three matches to take a 3-1 lead. No. 94 Clarke Spinosa won his sixth match in a row 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 3, Thibaut Visy followed that with a 6-0, 6-4 victory at the No. 1. Then it was Ciaran Fitzgerald's turn; he won 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 6. Fitzgerald has now won in six of his last seven singles matches.
"I really want to applaud Clarke. For two straight weeks he has come out and taken care of business," Masi said. "None of the matches he has been played in the past two weeks has even come close to him. I’m really proud of him for leading the team. That’s big for him."
The Cowboys' Denys Pume knocked off Uros Petronijevic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 4, which was followed by a 6-4, 7-5 victory for Chris Haworth over Romain Kalaydjian at the No. 2 to tie the match up at 3-3.
The match came down to the No. 5 spot where Victor "The Machine" Pugliese and Richard Del Nunzio battled into the third set. With his teammates cheering him on, Pugliese outlasted Del Nunzio 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 to secure the 11th win of the season for the Toreros.
The Toreros return to action next week when they travel to take on two ranked teams in Big 12 Country. On Tuesday they meet up with No. 36 TCU and on Thursday they will take on No. 10 Oklahoma. Both matches will be at 3:30 p.m.
"TCU will be a tough place to play. They fill the place and I know TCU is going to be gunning for us because we beat them up a couple years ago here on our courts," Masi said. "It’s totally different being on the road, this is our first real trip since we went to Stanford [in the opening week]."
#38 San Diego 4, #72 Oklahoma State 3
1. Thibaut Visy(USD) def. Rifat Biktyakov (OKST) 6-0, 6-4
2. Chris Haworth (OKST) def. Romain Kalaydjian(USD) 6-4, 7-5
3. #94 Clarke Spinosa(USD) def. Matt Campbell (OKST) 6-1, 6-3
4. Denys Pume (OKST) def. Uros Petronijevoc (USD) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. Victor Pugliese(USD) def. Richard Del Nunzio (OKST) 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
6. Ciaran Fitzgerald(USD) def. Brady Bohrnstedt (OKST) 6-1, 6-3
1. Clarke Spinosa/Thibaut Visy (USD) vs. Rifat Biktyakov/Matt Campbell (OKST) 7-5, unfinished
2. #43 Denys Pume/Richard Del Nunzio (OKST) def. Uros Petronijevoc/Romain Kalaydjian (USD) 8-5
3. Brady Bohrnstedt/Chris Haworth (OKST) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Victor Pugliese (USD) 8-5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,1,6,2,4,5)