Point Loma defeats No. 11 UC San Diego 6-3 behind five singles victories
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- In its final home match of the season Tuesday, 11th-ranked UC San Diego was upset 6-3 by unranked crosstown rival Point Loma at Northview Courts.
UCSD led 2-1 following the doubles session, but PLNU came on strong in singles, battling to take five of the six match-ups to secure the victory.
The Tritons jumped out to a 2-0 lead after winning the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles contests. In the top slot, No. 22 Max Jiganti and Kona Luu blanked Martin Blaho and Kaptan Kaster 8-0. At No. 3, Rajeev Herekar and Mark Meyer had no problems with Kevin McKelligan and Daniel Milliken, rolling to an 8-3 victory. The Sea Lions picked up their first point of the match with a win at No. 2 doubles as Brooks Baldinger and Benjamin Hammond downed Alexandre Miaule and Horea Porutiu 8-6.
UC San Diego's lone singles win came at No. 5 as Meyer won a hard-fought 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 decision over Milliken. The junior is now 17-4 overall on the season.
The No. 1 singles match went three sets with Baldinger scratching for a 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-4 win against Jiganti. Two other singles tilts went to three sets as well. At No. 4, Kaster outlasted Porutiu by scores of 6-3, 4-6 and 7-5. At No. 6, McKelligan lost the opening set 6-1 against Maxence Dutreix, but bounced back to take the next two by 6-2 tallies.
With their six-match win streak snapped, the Tritons dropped to 15-7 overall. The Sea Lions improved to 6-12.