Photo by: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
Horea Porutiu won his singles match at No. 5 Saturday.
No. 12 Tritons Defeated by Fifth-Ranked Hawaii Pacific
Release: Saturday 03/15/2014 

LA JOLLA, Calif. - The 12th-ranked UC San Diego men's tennis team faced off against No. 5 Hawaii Pacific on Saturday at Northview Courts and suffered a 7-2 loss.

UCSD dropped to 10-5 on the season. HPU remained undefeated with a record of 9-0.

“We competed pretty well," said UCSD head coach Timmer Willing. “We made some errors in doubles that put us in a hole.”

The duo of Rajeev Herekar and Mark Meyer were victorious in the No. 3 doubles match-up, taking down Yann Renault and Adriano Locorotondo, 9-7.

The Sea Warriors won the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles contests. At No. 1, Max Jiganti and Kona Luu lost an 8-4 decision versus Petr Michnev and Thibaud Berland

Horea Porutiu was a singles winner for UCSD, defeating Renault, 6-4 and 6-1, at No. 5.

In the No. 1 singles match, Jiganti fell in straight sets to Michnev, 6-2 and 6-2. Michnev is ranked second nationally in singles play.

“We went into singles and fought very hard in the first sets, giving us some chances, but we never could get on top,” said Willing.

UCSD will try to get back in the win column when it hosts Sonoma State (2-7) on Sunday at 10 a.m.

#5 Hawaii Pacific 7, #12 UC San Diego 2
March 15, 2014 at La Jolla, CA (Northview Courts)

1. #2 Petr Michnev (HPU) def. Max Jiganti (UCSD) 6-2, 6-2
2. #6 Jaume Martinez-Vich (HPU) def. Rajeev Herekar (UCSD) 7-6 (7-4), 6-0
3. Thibaud Berland (HPU) def. Ganesh Alagappan (UCSD) 6-4, 6-3
4. Mattis Wetzel (HPU) def. Alexandre Miaule (UCSD) 6-3, 6-4
5. Horea Porutiu (UCSD) def. Yann Renault (HPU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Adriano Locorotondo (HPU) def. Mark Meyer (UCSD) 6-2, 6-3

1. Thibaud Berland/Petr Michnev (HPU) def. Max Jiganti/Kona Luu (UCSD) 8-4
2. Jaume Martinez-Vich/Mattis Wetzel (HPU) def. Alexandre Miaule/Horea Porutiu (UCSD) 8-1
3. Rajeev Herekar/Mark Meyer (UCSD) def. Adriano Locorotondo/Yann Renault (HPU) 9-7

Hawaii Pacific 11-0; National ranking #5; Regional ranking #1
UC San Diego 9-6; National ranking #12; Regional ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,1,2,4,5,6)


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