UCSD’s tennis teams both had dates with Point Loma and Azusa Pacific this week.
UCSD’s No. 21 men’s tennis team’s ranking escaped unscathed, winning over No. 26 Point Loma and pulling off an upset victory over No. 11 Azusa Pacific, racking up a 3–2 score overall. UCSD’s No. 18 women’s tennis beat crosstown rival No. 33 Point Loma but ended its winning streak when confronted with No. 14 Azusa Pacific.
No. 21 UCSD men’s tennis hosted and defeated No. 26 Point Loma on Wednesday with a final score of 8–1.
Senior Axel Bouillin, ranked the 15th-best singles player in the nation, took on Point Loma’s senior Andre Staab, ranked directly underneath as the 16th-best singles player, in what became the matchup of the day. Bouillin won the first set 6–1, followed by Staab taking the second set, but Bouillin came back in the tiebreaker with a score of 10–6.
Sophomore Eric Tseng, sophomore Justin Zhang, senior Horea Porutiu and junior Alexandre Miaule all had their way in the singles matches as well, winning in straight sets. Freshman Richard Han also won after being pressed into a tiebreaker. In doubles, Miaule and Porutiu beat out their opponents 8–6 for the No. 2 place, while Tseng and Zhang completely dominated 8–0 for No. 3.
In the end, UCSD had a magnificent showing, winning all six singles matches and two out of three doubles matches. The only loss was when Bouillin and freshman Rodrigo Amara were defeated by the 25th-ranked Point Loma pair of Staab and senior Daniel Milliken for the No. 1 spot.
UCSD went 5–4 against No. 11 Azusa Pacific this past Saturday in a narrow upset at 5–4, winning three out of six singles matches and grabbing two out of three doubles victories.
In singles play, No. 3 Zhang, No. 5 Miaule and No. 2 Tseng won their sets, while Bouillin, on the other side of the courts, took on the top singles player in the nation, Azusa Pacific’s Jan Meyer, and was ultimately defeated 6–2 and 7–5.
Miaule and Porutiu got a close win at the No. 2 doubles, 9–8 as Zhang and Amaral won the No. 3 spot with the same score. Both Bouillin and Tseng lost at the No. 1 spot at 8–3.
No. 18 UCSD dominated crosstown rival Point Loma on Thursday for its second-straight win, taking all three doubles and four out of six singles for an overall 7–2 win.
In doubles, sophomore Britta Mosser and senior Kyra Scott, the 16th-ranked pair nationally, defeated sophomore Nikki Newell and junior Regina von Koch 9–7 for the No. 1 spot, while freshman Ashley Chao and junior Shannon Theisen teamed up at No. 2 to win 8–6. Freshmen Madison Hale and Alexandra Weil breezed through the No. 3 spot for an 8–2 victory.
Mosser, Weil, Chao and Hale won in straight sets at No. 3 through No. 6. However, No. 28 Scott lost the No. 1 spot, and sophomore Jasmine Hosseini was defeated at No. 2.
On Saturday, No. 18 UCSD played No. 14 Azusa Pacific but could not ultimately pull off the upset, losing to the Cougars at a score of 5–4.
The Tritons had a lot of breathing room with a 2–1 advantage after the doubles games. However, they could not hold onto their trident’s spike, finishing off with a four-game loss before conceding defeat.
Opening up the day, the No. 16 pair of Mosser and Scott won at the No.1 spot in doubles as Chao and Theisen took another point at the No. 2 spot; the Tritons continued with a 4–1 lead after Mosser at No. 3 and Weil at No. 4 picked up wins in the two first singles matches of the day.
After that, however, the Tritons could not clinch the win as Azusa Pacific evened the score up at 4–4. No. 16 junior Natalie Johnson defeated Scott at the 1 spot, and Hale was up at the sixth spot to try to clinch a Triton victory but lost the first set 6–1. She wrestled back to even the set count at one all, 7–6, but the Cougars won in the end after Hale lost the last set 6–1.
The Triton women was back in action against NCAA Division-I opponent UC Davis at 11 a.m. this past Sunday.