UC San Diego Competes Locally at San Diego State Fall Invite
SAN DIEGO – Members of the University of California San Diego men’s tennis team took part in the San Diego State Fall Invite from Oct. 4-6.
Cody Duong and Fraser Leslie both saw their first action as Tritons at the invitational. After narrowly falling to their foes from host SDSU in the first round, 6-4, they bounced back with a 6-3 win over their Grand Canyon University opponents to advance to the consolation final. It was a hard-fought battle, but their opponents ultimately won, 7-6 (4).
Leslie also competed in singles in the “State” flight. Despite falling in his first match, 6-2, 6-2, the freshman then outlasted his next foe, 6-1, 7-6 to move one step closer to the consolation final. Against his UC Irvine opponent, Leslie again emerged victorious, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Leslie’s run ultimately came to a close in the consolation final, as he was topped by his opponent, 6-4, 6-2.
Like Leslie, Ruh competed in the “State” flight. Ruh quickly claimed victory against his UC Irvine rival, 6-3, 6-1, but then fell to next opponent while seeking a spot in the quarterfinals.
Duong was the lone Triton in the “Aztec” flight. The junior transfer was pitted against a UCLA opponent in the first round, and captured the second set before ultimately falling, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-1. Duong was later ousted by his next opponent, 6-3, 6-3.
Zach Ermert took part in the “Warrior” flight. It was a battle in his first set of the day, but after eventually dropping set one, Ermert was unable to overcome his opponent, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Ermert later dropped his second match of the afternoon to conclude singles play.
The Tritons’ fall slate continues on Nov. 7, as they take part in the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships.
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