LOS ANGELES - The UCSD men's tennis team wrapped up competition at the 55th Southern California Intercollegiate Championships Sunday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the campus of UCLA.
The field was comprised almost exclusively of players from NCAA Division I schools.
The Tritons posted several strong singles performances in early qualifying rounds as Chapman Chan, Devon Sousa and Austin West all won two hard-fought contests each to advance to the main draw. Chan picked up wins over Azusa Pacific's Frederik Wilkens (6-3, 7-5) and BYU's Francis Sargeant (1-6, 6-3, 10-8). Sousa was victorious vs. Pepperdine's Kento Tanaka Tamaki (7-6 (5), 2-6, 10-7) and BYU's David Doehring (6-4, 6-2), while West took down Alex Johnson of UC Santa Barbara (2-6, 7-6 (6), 10-2) and Azusa's Ilja Ikonnikov (6-2, 6-4).
The three joined Junya Yoshida and Sam Ling in the main draw, where no Tritons were able to make it out of the round of 32. Sousa faced top-seeded Yannick Hanfmann of USC and was downed in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-1. Hanfmann went on to advance to the semifinals, where he was defeated by third-seeded Clay Thompson of UCLA in straight sets.
In the main draw consolation, Ling went three sets with LMU's Alex Wilton in the round of 16. The Triton senior won the first frame, 7-5, but Wilton battled back to win the next two by scores of 6-4 and 10-7. In the qualifying consolation, Max Jiganti defeated Ben Eger of Azusa Pacific, 6-2, 7-6 (5) in the round of 16.
UCSD had two doubles teams play themselves into the main draw. In the round of 16, Sousa and West went up against the top-seeded duo of Hanfmann and Emilio Gomez of USC and lost, 8-5. Chan and Jiganti suffered a 8-3 setback to UCLA's Warren Hardie and Dennis Mkrtchian.
In the qualifying rounds, Sousa and West had a bye followed by a 8-6 victory over Azusa Pacific's Ikonnikov and Whitman Hough to earn a spot in the main draw. Chan and Jiganti, who also had a bye in the round of 32, defeated LMU's Robin Kiyabu and Daniel Simko, 8-3, to punch their ticket to the main draw.
UCSD wraps up its fall season at the UC Santa Barbara Classic Nov. 10-12.
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