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Junior Sreeganesh Manoharan won his first set at No. 5 singles before being outlasted in a super tiebreak.

Tritons Topped by No. 4 West Florida

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LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men's tennis team was beaten by No. 4 University of West Florida, 7-0, Sunday at Northview Tennis Courts.

UC San Diego fell to 4-8. West Florida improved to 7-1, having suffered its first loss of 2019 to No. 16 Hawai'i Pacific, 5-2, at the same venue on Saturday afternoon. The Argonauts have now won at least the last eight meetings with the Tritons, dating back through 2007. UC San Diego most recently lost to the then-top-ranked eventual national champion Argos 8-1 on the road in Pensacola, Fla., in 2017. That marked their fourth Division II title. The Tritons had last hosted UWF in 2015, falling 9-0.

The final two singles tilts both went to a super tiebreaker, with Argos prevailing in each. Triton captain Marc Isaia rallied from a 6-4 deficit to knot his extra session at 7-7, before coming up a bit short at No. 2 to Juan Cabrera, 6-4, 1-6, 10-8.

At No. 5, fellow junior Sreeganesh Manoharan (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) was downed after taking the first set against the 34th-ranked singles player in Division II, Juan Motta. Scores were 2-6, 6-4, 10-5. Manoharan had come out on top in each of his previous four matches that were completed. Motta is No. 9 in the South Region.

The other singles contests were all straight-set affairs. Sophomore Neil Tengbumroong extended his second set at No. 3 to a tiebreak before succumbing, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5). Freshman Sahm Irvine was facing eighth-ranked (No. 4 in South) Serdar Bojadijev at No. 1. Redshirt freshman Zach Ermert's (Carlsbad/La Costa Canyon HS) opponent at No. 4, Robin Rafaitin, is rated 18th in the South.

West Florida won 6-2 at No. 1 doubles and then 6-4 at No. 2 to wrap up the doubles point at the start of the day, before the No. 3 match was halted. Isaia and Manoharan at No. 1 were up against the ninth-ranked pair of Bojadijev and Lucas Sanchez.

UC San Diego hosts Division I Quinnipiac of Hamden, Conn., this Wednesday, March 13, beginning at 3 p.m. at Northview Tennis Courts on North Campus in La Jolla. Admission is free, though parking permits are required. The Tritons may add one more home date prior to winter quarter final exams, which run March 16-23.

#4 West Florida 7, UC San Diego 0
March 10, 2019 at La Jolla, CA (Northview Tennis Courts)

Doubles competition
1. #9 Serdar Bojadjiev/Lucas Sanchez (UWF) def. Marc Isaia/Sreeganesh Manoharan (UCSD) 6-2
2. Igor Cantanhede/Vitinho Galvao (UWF) def. Sahm Irvine/Neil Tengbumroong (UCSD) 6-4
3. Zach Ermert/Richard Han (UCSD) vs. Juan Cabrera/Pedro Cordeiro (UWF) 4-5, unfinished

Singles competition
1. #8 Serdar Bojadjiev (UWF) def. Sahm Irvine (UCSD) 6-2, 6-0
2. Juan Cabrera (UWF) def. Marc Isaia (UCSD) 6-4, 1-6, 10-8
3. Gerardo Irarrazabal (UWF) def. Neil Tengbumroong (UCSD) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Robin Rafaitin (UWF) def. Zach Ermert (UCSD) 6-2, 6-4
5. #34 Juan Motta (UWF) def. Sreeganesh Manoharan (UCSD) 2-6, 6-4, 10-5
6. Pedro Cordeiro (UWF) def. Marius Ruh (UCSD) 6-3, 6-2

Match Notes
West Florida 7-1; National ranking #4; Regional ranking #3
UC San Diego 4-8; Regional ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,6,4,3,2,5)
T-2:30 A-50

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