INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – It wasn't pretty, but the San Diego Christian men's tennis team regrouped and were able to defeat Hope International in the first round of the GSAC Tournament, 5-3.
The Hawks fell 2-1 after doubles play but won enough matches in singles play to clinch the victory and advance to the semifinals. SDC will face Westmont Wednesday at 9 a.m.
Leonardo Urquidi and Fabian Daniel were the first ones finished at No. 3 Doubles giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead. The Royals, however, took the next two doubles matches to take the 2-1 lead.
Nick Bell got things started in singles play for SDC defeating Avi Bami in No. 6 Singles 6-1, 6-4. Jan-Erik Isermann won his No. 4 Singles match 6-3, 6-1 to give the Hawks the lead back at 3-2. After Urquidi fell at No. 1 Singles, Alessandro Moriano won in straight sets at No. 3 Singles before Daniel closed it out in No. 5 Singles 6-3, 6-3 as the Hawks advanced.
In the tournament, the team first to five points automatically clinches the match and all other unfinished sets are halted.
#13 #3 San Diego Christian 5, #6 Hope International 3
04/18/17 at Indian Wells, CA (Indian Wells Tennis Garden)
1. RAE, Kyle (HIU) def. URQUIDI, Leonardo (SDC) 6-1, 6-4
2. MELIUK, Aliaksandr (SDC) vs. VARENNE, Adrien (HIU) 6-4, 2-3, unfinished
3. MORIANO, Alessandro (SDC) def. MOSQUERA, Mauricio (HIU) 6-2, 6-2
4. ISERMANN, Jan-Erik (SDC) def. BAZERTTI, Gabriel (HIU) 6-3, 6-1
5. DANIEL, Fabian (SDC) def. ROMERO, Sergio (HIU) 6-3, 6-3
6. BELL, Nick (SDC) def. BAMI, Avi (HIU) 6-1, 6-4
1. RAE, Kyle/VARENNE, Adrien (HIU) def. MELIUK, Aliaksandr/MORIANO, Alessandro (SDC) 8-6
2. MOSQUERA, Mauricio/ROMERO, Sergio (HIU) def. ISERMANN, Jan-Erik/RIVERA, Joey (SDC) 8-6
3. URQUIDI, Leonardo/DANIEL, Fabian (SDC) def. BAZERTTI, Gabriel/BAMI, Avi (HIU) 8-1
#6 Hope International 3-13
#3 San Diego Christian 5-9; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,1,3,5)
GSAC Tournament Quarterfinal 1
Doubles played first