Waves Begin USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championship
The Southwest Regional Championship began today in Malibu and runs through Tuesday.
Oct. 18, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – The campus of Pepperdine University became a hub of collegiate tennis today, as 12 teams converged in Malibu for the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championship. Three different Waves went undefeated in singles play to advance to the round of 32, which resumes tomorrow.
The day began with one round of doubles. Two Pepperdine pairs were in action in the round of 64, with David Sofaer (Bellevue Hill, Australia/Sydney Distance Education HS) and Stefan Menichella (Santa Barbara, Calif./University HS) putting away an 8-4 decision vs. Ben Collomb and Alex Roggenkamp of Grand Canyon.
In singles, Sarkissian, Menichella and Sofaer all won to make it past today’s first two rounds.
Sarkissian, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, made short work of his match versus San Diego State’s Hendrik Jebens, wining 6-1, 6-2.
Menichella also won in straight sets, dispatching Danilo Casanova to the consolation bracket with a 7-6, 6-0 triumph.
In one of the final matches of the day, Sofaer rebounded from a 6-3 loss in the first to beat Raphael Davidian 6-3, 6-0. He’ll face USC’s Johnny Wang, ranked #63, tomorrow.
Although Alexander Solonin (Tarzana, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) won in his collegiate debut 6-4, 6-0, the freshman fell in the second round to a ranked opponent.
Tomorrow’s regional championship schedule includes one more round of doubles, two more rounds of singles and the start of consolation play. Results will be posted throughout the day on the Tournament Central.
USTA/ITA Southwest Regional
Oct 18-22, 2013 at Malibu, Calif.
Singles Round of 128
Alexander Solonin (Pepperdine) def. Adrian Legarreta (Grand Canyon) 6-4, 6-0
Singles Round of 64
#23 Alex Sarkissian (Pepperdine) def. Hendrik Jebens (San Diego State) 6-1, 6-2
Stefan Menichella (Pepperdine) def. Danilo Casanova (University of Hawai'i) 6-0, 7-6
David Sofaer (Pepperdine) def. Raphael Davidian (UC Irvine) 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
Ben Donovan (Cal Poly) def. Kento Tanaka-Tamaki (Pepperdine) 6-2, 7-5
#119 Uros Petronijevic (San Diego) def. Alexander Solonin (Pepperdine) 6-1, 6-1
Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. #71 Francis Alcantara (Pepperdine) 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-4)
Doubles Round of 64
David Sofaer/Stefan Menichella (Pepperdine) def. Alexander Roggenkamp/Ben Collomb (Grand Canyon) 8-4
Daniel Simko/Cristobal Rivera (Loyola Marymount) def. Alexander Solonin/Kento Tanaka-Tamaki (Pepperdine) 8-5