Tennis splits Hawaiian sojourn

    March 25 and March 27 saw the men’s tennis team face opponents from opposite ends of the spectrum when it easily breezed by the 0-11 Chaminade University before being handed a loss by top-ranked Brigham Young University of Hawaii.

    The Tritons enjoyed a Hawaiian road trip over spring break, starting off with a 9-0 route of Chaminade in Honolulu, Hi.

    UCSD, ranked 21st, won every set en route to improving to 12-1 on the season.

    Tritons Sameer Chopra and Bryan Swatt started UCSD off on the right foot for No. 1 doubles, dispatching the Kieran and Michael McCartney brother duo 8-0.

    Jeff Wilson and Everett Schroeter followed up with a 8-1 doubles victory in the No. 2 match, and Mike Meyer and Dan Albrecht closed out the doubles sweep for UCSD with an 8-0 shellacking of ‘Swords Lance Tanouye and Nick Alcover.

    Chopra excelled again in No. 1 singles play, taking out Lawrence Chan 6-0, 6-2.

    Swatt, not to be outdone, followed up Chopra’s performance with a 6-3, 6-3 straight-set victory over Kieran McCartney.

    Wilson extended the McCartney brothers’ horrible day, sweeping Michael McCartney 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 3 singles matchup.

    Blake Wilson-Hayden, Emil Novak and Schroeter all followed with straight-set victories of their own when UCSD won 96 out of a total 119 games played.

    Two days later, the Tritons faced off against the undefeated BYU-Hawaii in Laie, Hi., in what was quite a different matchup than their previous opponent.

    Chopra, ranked 44th in the nation at No. 1 singles, was matched up against Jan Krejci, the second-ranked singles player in Division II. Krejci dispatched Chopra with a straight-set win, 6-3, 6-3.

    Seasiders’ No. 2 singles player Hung Soon Park built on Krejci’s victory and added to BYU’s momentum with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Swatt. Wilson battled with Andrew Makarevich in the No. 3 dual, however, after winning the first set Wilson couldn’t maintain the lead and dropped the 6-7, 6-0, 7-6 decision.

    Novak earned the sole singles win for the Tritons, outlasting Daouda Ndiaye in a three-set battle, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

    The only other UCSD win came in the No. 3 doubles match when Meyer and Albrecht earned an 8-5 victory over Makarevich and Ndiaye.

    However, that would be all for the Tritons, as their 2-7 loss dropped them to 12-2 while BYU-Hawaii improved to 15-0.

    The Tritons concluded their island swing last Thursday against Hawaii Pacific University, but at press time results for the match were unavailable. UCSD next takes on Gustavus Adolphus on Friday at 2 p.m. at the North Tennis Courts.

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