LA JOLLA, Calif. - The 14th-ranked UC San Diego men's tennis team cruised to a 6-1 win over Whittier Friday afternoon at Northview Courts.
UCSD, which has now won five of its last six matches, improved to 6-4 overall. Whittier suffered its first loss and fell to 1-1.
The Tritons swept the doubles contests to start off the match. Mark Meyer and Rajeev Herekar defeated Mark Anthony Kenney and Shogo Shimizu , 8-1, in the No. 3 slot. At No. 2, Horea Porutiu and Alexandre Miaule took an 8-5 decision against Samuel Farmer and Troy Chavez to improve to 4-1 on the season. Max Jiganti and Ganesh Alagappan wrapped up doubles play with a 9-8 topping of David Konstantinov and Chris Schommer in the No. 1 spot.
Meyer’s win at No. 6 singles sealed the victory for the Tritons. He had no trouble with Kenney, taking him down by scores of 6-1, 6-3. Miaule beat Farmer, 6-7, 7-5 and 10-5 at No. 3 and Porutiu dispatched Chavez, 6-2 and 6-1, in the fifth slot.
Two singles match-ups were left unfinished.
“Overall it was a pretty good day for us,” said UCSD head coach Timmer Willing. "We did everything that we needed to in order to prepare us for tomorrow against Fresno Pacific.”
UCSD hosts Fresno Pacific on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. The Sunbirds are ranked 13th nationally and second in the West region.
#14 UC San Diego 6, Whittier 1
Feb 21, 2014 at La Jolla, CA (Northview Courts)
1. David Konstantinov (WC) def. Max Jiganti (UCSD) 6-1, 6-4
2. Rajeev Herekar (UCSD) vs. Chris Schommer (WC) unfinished
3. Alexandre Miaule (UCSD) def. Samuel Farmer (WC) 6-7, 7-5, 10-5
4. Ganesh Alagappan (UCSD) vs. Shogo Shimizu (WC) unfinished
5. Horea Porutiu (UCSD) def. Troy Chavez (WC) 6-2, 6-1
6. Mark Meyer (UCSD) def. Mark Anthony Kenney (WC) 6-1, 6-3
1. Ganesh Alagappan/Max Jiganti (UCSD) def. David Konstantinov/Chris Schommer (WC) 9-8
2. Alexandre Miaule/Horea Porutiu (UCSD) def. Troy Chavez/Samuel Farmer (WC) 8-5
3. Rajeev Herekar/Mark Meyer (UCSD) def. Mark Anthony Kenney/Shogo Shimizu (WC) 8-1
UC San Diego 6-4; National ranking #14; Regional ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,1,3)