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Junior Richard Han and the Tritons will face Azusa Pacific in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Tritons Set to Take on Azusa Pacific in NCAA Championships


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. —The University of California San Diego men’s tennis team officially made the NCAA Championships for the third-consecutive season on Tuesday evening, and will face No. 1-seed Azusa Pacific in the Round of 48 for the second-straight year.

UC San Diego, the No. 4-seed in the West Region, plays at Azusa Pacific on Tuesday, May 1, beginning at 3 p.m. PT. The Tritons have lost two tough matches to the Cougars this season, most recently a 6-3 home defeat on April 13.

After beginning the dual season with road losses at Azusa Pacific on Feb. 9 and at No. 2-seeded Hawaii-Hilo on Feb. 16, UC San Diego won eight-straight dual matches from Feb. 18 to March 14. In the middle of that run was an 8-1 victory over No. 3-seed Point Loma on Feb. 26.

The Tritons are led by senior Eric Tseng, who has gone 10-6 this dual season, all in the No. 1 singles slot, and has amassed three victories over ranked opponents. Fellow senior Justin Zhang has compiled a 9-8 record this dual season with each of his victories coming in No. 2 singles.

In addition, sophomore Marc Isaia is 10-6 in dual-match play in No. 3 singles, while freshman Eskil Jarlskog is 8-4 this season in No. 4 singles action.

In doubles play, the Tritons’ No. 1 team Isaia and sophomore Sreeganesh Manoharan has put together a 9-6 record this season, while the No. 2 duo of Tseng and Zhang is 14-4. UC San Diego’s No. 3 unit of Jarlskog and freshman Neil Tengbumroong is 7-6 this season.


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