SAN DIEGO - The UC San Diego men's tennis team was tested during second day play of the 2012 SDSU Fall Invitational, where the Tritons continued to duel with Division I opponents.
"Overall, I'm pretty happy with the performances," said UCSD head coach Timmer Willing. "They battled back and went to a lot of three-set matches."
Camill Salomon prevailed in his must-win match during the "A" flight consolation round of 8, defeating Spencer Simon of San Diego State, 6-3, 6-1.
Tritons Horea Porutiu and Andrew Malozsak faced each other in "A" consolation play in a match to determine who would face Salomon. While Porutiu took the first set, 6-3, and Malozsak evened the match with his second-set 7-6 (7) win, Porutiu won the deciding third set with a 10-6 victory.
Guy Giubilato led initially in his match with Andrew Raphaelson of San Diego, winning 7-6 in the first set, but fell 6-2 and 6-1 in the second and third sets, respectively.
In the "B" flight consolation round of 8, Teddy Truong was defeated by USD's Jakob Karnopp in three sets, 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-4.
The UCSD men's doubles team of Max Jiganti and Salomon beat the Aztec duo of Andranik Khachatryan and Juan Florez in the round of 8 by a score of 8-5. Advancing to the semifinals, Jiganti and Salomon took on Aliaksandr Malko and Marek Marksoo of Sacramento State but lost, 8-4.
UCSD entered the day with three teams in the doubles consolation bracket, including Ganesh Alagappan and Giubilato, who had a bye in the quarterfinals. Kona Luu and Porutiu had a close call with JP Boyd and Karnopp of USD, but ultimately prevailed, 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-4. Despite losing to Tulsa's Matthew Kirby and USC's Corey Smith, Truong and Malozsak kept their match close and lost by an 8-5 score.
Luu and Porutiu proceeded to the doubles consolation semis and narrowly defeated teammates Alagappan and Giubilato, 8-6.
In addition, Luu played a match against unattached former Oregon player Parker Kelley. Despite an overwhelming 6-1 win in the second set to force a third, Kelley downed Luu, 6-2 and 6-3, in the first and last sets, respectively.
During the "A" Flight Consolation Backdraw match, Jiganti faced Marksoo again and led the Hornet early with a 6-3 win in the first set. However, Marksoo tied the match in the second set, 6-1, and followed that with a third-set winning score of 6-4 to secure the match.
UCSD is guaranteed a slot in the "A" consolation final and either Salomon or Porutiu will face the winner of the match between Raphaelson and Kieren Thompson of Arizona on Sunday at 8 a.m.
Luu and Porutiu play Raphaelson and Taylor at 9 a.m. on Sunday in the doubles consolation final. Raphaelson and Garrett Taylor reached the final by default due to an injury from the Kirby and Smith team.
2012 San Diego State Fall Invitational
Oct. 6, 2012
Aztec Tennis Center
Singles - "A" Flight Consolation Round of 8
Camill Salomon (UCSD) def. Spencer Simon (San Diego State) 6-3, 6-1
Horea Porutiu (UCSD) def. Andrew Malozsak (UCSD) 6-3, 6-7 (7), 10-6
Andrew Raphaelson (San Diego) def. Guy Giubilato (UCSD) 6-7, 6-2, 6-1
Singles - "A" Flight Consolation Backdraw
Marek Marksoo (Sacramento State) def. Max Jiganti (UCSD) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
Singles - "B" Flight Consolation Round of 8
Jakob Karnopp def. Teddy Truong (UCSD) 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-4
Doubles - Consolation Round of 8
Kona Luu/Horea Porutiu (UCSD) def. JP Boyd/Jakob Karnopp (San Diego) 8-6
Matthew Kirby/Corey Smith (Tulsa/USC) def. Teddy Truong/Andrew Malozsak (UCSD) 8-5
Ganesh Alagappan/Guy Giubilato (UCSD) - bye
Open Draw Consolation - Round of 4
Parker Kelley (Unattached) def. Kona Luu (UCSD) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
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