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Redshirt freshman Zach Ermert won his second straight singles contest after teaming with Richard Han for a doubles win.

UC San Diego Routs Quincy 7-0 to Begin Midwest Trip

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QUINCY, Ill. - The University of California San Diego found little resistance from Quincy University, winning 7-0, in men's tennis action on Tuesday afternoon.

With a second straight victory, UC San Diego improved to 6-8. Quincy, a fellow NCAA Division II institution, fell to 6-7. It was likely the first-ever meeting between the programs. The Tritons are on their recently-added Spring Break trip to the Midwest, with Tuesday's result marking their first 7-0 shutout of 2019.

In doubles, freshman Sahm Irvine and junior Marius Ruh made the quickest work of their opponents at No. 3, 6-1. They were followed soon after by junior Sreeganesh Manoharan (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) and sophomore Neil Tengbumroong at No. 1, 6-3, to clinch the day's initial point. It was Tengbumroong's first win in the No. 1 doubles slot of his college career. Redshirt freshman Zach Ermert (Carlsbad/La Costa Canyon HS) and senior Richard Han were 6-2 victors at No. 2 for the sweep.

UC San Diego did not drop a set in singles. Manoharan (6-0, 6-1) and Han (6-2, 6-1) were off the court the fastest at No. 4 and No. 6, respectively. Ruh's convincing 6-0, 6-1, defeat of Patrick Anderson at No. 5 served as the match clincher.

Tengbumroong knocked off Brenden Everhart, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 2 for his team-leading eighth singles win, and then Irvine notched his team-best third success in the No. 1 position, 6-3, 6-3, over fellow freshman Samuele Constestabile from Italy. The contest was over after Ermert got past Dane Mechali at No. 3, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1, for his second singles triumph in succession.

UC San Diego concludes this quick trip on Wednesday, March 27, at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. The action at the Truman Tennis Courts gets underway with doubles at 1 p.m. PT (3 p.m. CT). Seventh-year Triton head coach Timmer Willing is a 1993 graduate of Truman State. His team returns home on Thursday.

Tuesday's victory was the 80th dual-match win for Willing at the UC San Diego helm.

UC San Diego 7, Quincy 0
March 26, 2019 at Quincy, IL

Doubles competition
1. Sreeganesh Manoharan/Neil Tengbumroong (UCSD) def. Brenden Everhart/Erik Weiler (QU) 6-3
2. Zach Ermert/Richard Han (UCSD) def. Collin Adams/Samuele Contestabile (QU) 6-2
3. Sahm Irvine/Marius Ruh (UCSD) def. Patrick Anderson/Dane Mechali (QU) 6-1

Singles competition
1. Sahm Irvine (UCSD) def. Samuele Contestabile (QU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Neil Tengbumroong (UCSD) def. Brenden Everhart (QU) 6-1, 6-2
3. Zach Ermert (UCSD) def. Dane Mechali (QU) 7-6 (7-2), 6-1
4. Sreeganesh Manoharan (UCSD) def. Erik Weiler (QU) 6-0, 6-1
5. Marius Ruh (UCSD) def. Patrick Anderson (QU) 6-0, 6-1
6. Richard Han (UCSD) def. Daniel Sanchez (QU) 6-2, 6-1

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

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