Photo by: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
UCSD won all three doubles matches and then took five out of six in singles play to defeat WNMU for the second time this season and keep their perfect record intact. The Tritons knocked off the Mustangs by a final margin of 6-3 in the first meeting between the two squads on March 8.
With the victory, UCSD improves to 15-0 on the season and 8-0 on its home courts. Head coach Eric Steidlmayer's squad, which also swept Sonoma State 9-0 on Friday, has won its last three matches by a combined score of 26-1.
Western New Mexico falls to 8-4 on the season. The Mustangs were coming off victories over Idaho State and Seatlle University before falling to the Tritons.
The doubles matches proved to be very competitive, but UCSD prevailed by close margins in all three pairings. Erik Elliott and Austin West defeated Emmanuel Mensah and Johan Weich 9-7 at No. 1 and Jason Wall teamed with Chapman Chan to post an identical 9-7 triumph over Yair Banuelos and Francisco Damasio at No. 2. Armaun Emami and Max Jiganti followed with an 8-5 win over Rodrigo Almeida and Jean Benoit Belin at No. 3 to give the Tritons a 3-0 edge.
Needing to win just two singles matches to clinch the victory, UCSD wrapped things up in short order as Elliott, Chan, Junya Yoshida, Vincent Nguyen and West posted victories. Only Elliott and Nguyen needed three sets to get by their opponents.
Almeida defeated Sam Ling 6-4, 6-4 in the fourth spot on the ladder for WNMU's only point of the day.
The Tritons will now have 17 days off before returning to the courts on Wednesday, April 13 for a home matchup with Concordia Irvine.
1. Erik Elliott (UCSD) def. Emmanuel Mensah (WNMU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
2. Chapman Chan (UCSD) def. Yair Banuelos (WNMU) 7-5, 7-6
3. Junya Yoshida (UCSD) def. Johan Weich (WNMU) 6-4, 7-5
4. Rodrigo Almeida (WNMU) def. Sam Ling (UCSD) 6-4, 6-4
5. Vincent Nguyen (UCSD) def. Jean Benoit Belin (WNMU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
6. Austin West (UCSD) def. Justin Romero (WNMU) 6-2, 6-2
UCSD 8, Western New Mexico 1