LOS ANGELES -- San Diego (18-7, 9-0 WCC) topped the Boise State Broncos (28-6) 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at the Los Angeles Tennis Center in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The win marked the fourth year in the row the Toreros have made it to the second round of the NCAAs.
After suffering a 2-0 deficit early in the match, the Toreros’ top of the lineup brought back the momentum to secure one of their biggest wins of the season.
Although the duo of senior Clarke Spinosa and freshman Filip Vittek got the Toreros on the board in doubles, the Broncos equalized the score after Boise State’s Brendan McClain and Garrett Patton knocked off sophomores Uros Petronijevic and Romain Kalaydjian 8-4. The deciding match would go the Bronco’s way -- topping juniors Ciaran Fitzgerald and Andrew Raphaelson 8-5.
In singles, the Broncos’ Toby Mitchell picked up the first point to extend their lead to 2-0, getting the victory against Raphaelson 6-3, 6-3. Petronijevic brought the Torero’s momentum back in motion after a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Nathan Sereke. Kalaydjian soon followed taking down Garrett Patton 7-6(6), 6-3.
With the score at 2-2, two out of three matches were in heated third sets. Despite losing the first set, Vittek came back taking the match against Broncos’ Thomas Tenreiro 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. While down on court No. 5, it was Spinosa who secured the win. Spinosa edged out No. 87 Andy Bettles 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.
“This team has incredible fight,” USD head coach Brett Masi said. “All year they go to battle and don’t give up. So proud of their wins [Saturday]. It’s a great day for USD and the program, making the second round of the NCAAs for the fourth year in a row.
To make the day even sweeter, Spinosa’s clincher marked his 100th singles win in his career, tying the most career wins in USD’s record books (Jose Luis Noriega 100, 1989-92 and Dean Jackson 100, 2008-11).