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Tritons Complete Day One at Southern California Intercollegiate Championships

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LOS ANGELES – The University of California San Diego men’s tennis team competed in the first day of action at the 63rd annual Southern California Intercollegiate Championships at USC’s Marks Tennis Stadium on Thursday afternoon, which featured a field of Division I and II competitors.

In the doubles qualifying draw, William Lan and Marius Ruh were pitted against top-seeded Alex Dominguez and Alejandro Verdi Asensi of UC Santa Barbara. The senior and freshman pair ultimately fell to their Gaucho opponents, 8-5. 

The Tritons were also represented in doubles by duo Phillip Lan and Cody Duong, who are both in their first year with the Tritons. UC San Diego faced SMU duo Gardiner Perotti and Michael Smith. Lan and Duong battled hard, but dropped the match to Perotti and Smith, 8-7(3).

In singles, Ruh faced Vinicius Nogueira in the first round. The Tokyo native was upended by Nogueira, 6-2, 6-2. 

Duong also took part in singles, taking on Joshua Williams. Although Duong jumped out to an early advantage, Williams was able to rally to get past him in a competitive match, 0-6, 7-6(4), 1-0(6).

The Lan brothers both received first-round byes. Following that, William Lan faced off with Perotti. Lan was unable to defeat Perotti, who captured the victory, 6-2, 6-4.

Phillip Lan also was unsuccessful in topping his seventh-seeded opponent Kento Perera of Stanford. Perera came away with the win, 6-3, 6-2.

"We went in to learn where our weaknesses are against many stronger opponents and learned a lot about ourselves," said Head Coach Timmer Willing. "For some of our guys it was their first action as a college player and they were thrown into the fire to learn. We learned a tough lesson today but had moments that definitely created a situation to improve. Now we just need to continue practicing these things we learned about ourselves today. I saw progress today, now they will need to buy in and get to work. Sometimes losing can be the best teacher."

The Southern California Intercollegiate Championships will continue tomorrow. This event is the Tritons’ final competition of the fall.

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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country.  The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference.  UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent.  A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships.  In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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