LA JOLLA, Calif. - The 21st-ranked UC San Diego men's tennis team dropped its season opener Friday at Northview Tennis Courts, falling by a score of 7-2 against Azusa Pacific.
"We played a really good team in Azusa," said first-year UCSD head coach Timmer Willing. "Their one through four singles lineup is made up of tough, gritty guys."
In addition, sophomore Teddy Truong was a winner at No. 6 singles, posting a hard-fought 6-3, 1-6, 10-5 victory against Yam.
In the No. 1 singles match-up, Triton senior Camill Salomon fell in straight sets to Jochem Hoefnagels, 6-1 and 6-2. Luu went three sets against Whitman Hough at No. 5, but ended up falling by scores of 4-6, 6-3, 5-7.
At No. 1 doubles, Salomon and sophomore Devon Sousa lost an 8-3 decision versus Hoefnagels and Jan Meyers.
"We struggled a little bit in doubles and got off to a slow start because we were wound tight," said Willing. "We're young, we need to calm down a bit during crucial times and that comes only with experience."
The Tritons travel crosstown to take on the University of San Diego Saturday at 9 a.m.
Azusa Pacific 7, UCSD 2
February 1, 2013
Northview Tennis Courts • La Jolla, Calif.
1. Jochem Hoefnagels/Jan Meyer (APU) def. Camill Salomon/Devon Sousa (UCSD) 8-3
2. Max Jiganti/Kona Luu (UCSD) def. Frederik Wilkens/Gary Yam (APU) 8-4
3. Ben Eger/Whitman Hough (APU) def. Horea Porutiu/Teddy Truong (UCSD) 8-4
1. Jochem Hoefnagels (APU) def. Camill Salomon (UCSD) 6-1, 6-2
2. Frederik Wilkens (APU) def. Max Jiganti (UCSD) 6-2, 6-3
3. Jan Meyer (APU) def. Rajeev Herekar (UCSD) 6-2, 7-6 (5-7)
4. Ben Eger (APU) def. Ganesh Alagappan (UCSD) 7-5, 6-3
5. Whitman Hough (APU) def. Kona Luu (UCSD) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
6. Teddy Truong (UCSD) def. Gary Yam (APU) 6-3, 1-6, 10-5
Azusa Pacific 1-0
UC San Diego 0-1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,2,3,4,5,6)
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