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Tritons Off to Impressive Start at ITA West Regionals to Open the Fall

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LOS ANGELES – The University of California San Diego men’s tennis team opened the fall at the 2019 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Championships, hosted by Azusa Pacific University. Today’s action took place at Biola and will move to Azusa Pacific tomorrow. View all of today’s results and tomorrow’s schedule here.

“It was a pretty good day for the first match of the season,” said Head Coach Timmer Willing. “We had five out of six win their first round and have four in the next day for singles. We competed well for the most part but definitely need more match play to achieve our goals for the season. The only way to get to that point is continue to compete in tough match situations like today.”

In singles, Neil Tengbumroong, Marc Isaia, and Sahm Irvine received byes during the round of 64, while Marius Ruh, Sreeganesh Manoharan, and Zach Ermert took part in the early action.

Manoharan cruised to a victory over his Point Loma opponent, 6-2, 6-0. In the next round, he routed his Holy Names rival, 6-4, 6-4, to advance to face host Azusa Pacific’s Leyton Bohren tomorrow.

Ruh came away victorious in the round of 64, topping his CMU counterpart, 7-5, 6-3. He narrowly lost to Point Loma in the round of 32 though, 7-6, 7-5.

Ermert battled before dropping his first set 7-5 to his Holy Names opponent, but ultimately fell in the second set as well, 6-0.

Following Isaia’s first round bye, he dropped set one to his CMU foe. He bounced back in set two though, winning 6-2 to force the super tiebreaker. In the end, Isaia came away victorious, winning 10-7.

Irvine breezed past his Holy Names rival, 6-2, 6-1, and will look to remain dominant during tomorrow’ action at Azusa Pacific. 

Tengbumroong also had little trouble with his opponent, winning 6-3, 7-5 to advance to the round of 16 as well.

During doubles, it was Irvine with Tengbumroong, Isaia with Ruh, and Manoharan with Ermert. Irvine and Tengbumroong were the first pair to compete, and were able to capture an 8-6 victory over their Holy Names opponents. In the next round though, the Triton duo was on the opposite end of the score, falling 8-6 to their Point Loma foes. 

Isaia and Ruh received a bye during the first round. Following that, they came away with a clear 8-2 win over their Azusa Pacific counterparts.

Like Isaia and Ruh, Manoharan and Ermert took part in the action following a first-round bye, matched up with Holy Names. The Triton duo ultimately came out on top, 8-6.

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