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Freshman Sahm Irvine played at No. 1 singles against No. 21 Hawai'i Hilo Saturday.

UC San Diego Has Three-Match Win Streak Snapped by No. 21 Hawai'i Hilo

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LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men's tennis team had its three-match win streak snapped at the hands of No. 21 Hawai'i Hilo, 4-0, in its home return Saturday at Northview Tennis Courts.

UC San Diego dropped to 7-9, while UH Hilo improved to 9-3. The Tritons had also lost to the Vulcans, by that identical score, in Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i, back on Feb. 17. UC San Diego is ranked No. 4 in the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) West Region poll, with Hawai'i Hilo at No. 1. UHH has taken four straight meetings.

The Tritons had started their busy Spring Break with back-to-back, dominant 7-0 wins in the Midwest at Quincy and Truman State on Tuesday and Wednesday.

UC San Diego was swept in doubles, but all three matches were close. Junior Marius Ruh and sophomore Neil Tengbumroong fell 6-4 at No. 2, followed by redshirt freshman Zach Ermert (Carlsbad/La Costa Canyon HS) and senior Richard Han by that same score at No. 3 to clinch the doubles point for the visitors.

Marc Isaia, in his return to the court after missing the previous three contests, teamed with fellow junior Sreeganesh Manoharan (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) at No. 1, and they were edged 7-5 by the nation's 13th-ranked tandem of Alessandro Giuliato and Vaclav Slezak.

The Tritons were also facing nationally-ranked opponents at the top three spots in singles. True freshman Sahm Irvine was bested by Slezak, rated No. 21, at the No. 1 position, 6-0, 6-1. Ermert was defeated by Chun En Wu, ranked 10th in the West Region, at No. 4, 6-1, 6-3. To put the result out of reach at 4-0, Tengbumroong dropped a 6-4, 6-4, decision to No. 50 Martin Soukal at No. 3.

With two more matches over the next two days for UC San Diego, including a big test Monday, action was halted on the remaining courts. Isaia was down, 3-6, 1-4, against 32nd-ranked Giuliato at No. 2. Manoharan trailed Luca Checchia at No. 5, 3-6, 3-3, and Ruh the same against Alan Cincunegui at No. 6, 4-6, 1-2.

UC San Diego is right back in home action on Sunday, March 31, hosting Division I Eastern Washington at 10 a.m. at Northview Tennis Courts on North Campus in La Jolla. Parking and admission are free. The Tritons will then travel to Irvine on Monday for essentially a must-win tilt at regional rival Concordia Irvine at 1 p.m.

#21 Hawai'i Hilo 4, UC San Diego 0
March 30, 2019 at La Jolla, CA (Northview Tennis Courts)

Doubles competition
1. #13 Alessandro Giuliato/Vaclav Slezak (UHH) def. Marc Isaia/Sreeganesh Manoharan (UCSD) 7-5
2. Martin Soukal/Chun En Wu (UHH) def. Marius Ruh/Neil Tengbumroong (UCSD) 6-4
3. Luca Checchia/Alan Cincunegui (UHH) def. Zach Ermert/Richard Han (UCSD) 6-4

Singles competition
1. #21 Vaclav Slezak (UHH) def. Sahm Irvine (UCSD) 6-0, 6-1
2. Marc Isaia (UCSD) vs. #32 Alessandro Giuliato (UHH) 3-6, 1-4, unfinished
3. #50 Martin Soukal (UHH) def. Neil Tengbumroong (UCSD) 6-4, 6-4
4. Chun En Wu (UHH) def. Zach Ermert (UCSD) 6-1, 6-3
5. Sreeganesh Manoharan (UCSD) vs. Luca Checchia (UHH) 3-6, 3-3, unfinished
6. Marius Ruh (UCSD) vs. Alan Cincunegui (UHH) 4-6, 1-2, unfinished

Match Notes
Hawai'i Hilo 9-3; National ranking #21; Regional ranking #1
UC San Diego 7-9; Regional ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,4,3)
T-2:30 A-50

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