In the recent weeks the Tigers have shown some great results in several tournaments. As they gear up for the upcoming ITA Regionals hosted by St Mary’s this coming Friday the 18th, the players are showing more and more that they are ready to compete.
We had two tigers take part in the Aztec Invitational in San Diego, with some dominate and successful results. Freshman Miguel Diaz won in the singles final, defeating Cristobal Rivera of Loyola Marymount 6-2, 6-1. Junior Denis Stolyarov also won on the final day, defeating David Doehring of Loyola Marymount 6-2, 7-5 in the consolation singles final.
Alongside the Aztec Invitational, our other tigers were competing at the Davis Invitational. Here, the Tigers won all seven matches played on the final day. The doubles team of Alex Hamilton and Erik Cederwall won the consolation doubles final, while Eric Spence won the consolation C draw singles final and Cederwall won the consolation B draw final.
Finally, this previous weekend, Verbeek and Diaz fought hard at the Battle in the Bay Classic alongside some top college programs. In Singles, Diaz opened up play with a 6-0, 5-7, 7-5 victory over Andrew Raphaelson of San Diego. He then dropped a 6-0, 6-0 decision to No. 3 seed John Lamble of Santa Clara. Verbeek had a first round bye before defeating Garrett Patton of Boise State 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5). Verbeek later went on to drop a straight set match in the quarterfinals to David Sofaer of Pepperdine.
In doubles the duo made it to the semi-final first defeating the No. 3 seeded team of Filip Bergevi and Campbell Johnson of Cal. Stanford’s Nolan Paige and Trey Strobel were then the victims of the tigers in the quarterfinal round loss by a score of 8-6. Verbeek and Diaz finally lost by a count of 8-4 in the semifinals to the No. 2 seeded team of Bernardo Saraiva and Nils Skajaa from USF.
Coach Redondo and Coach Golding are very happy with the tigers progress and work ethic thus far and will continue to look for improvements during the ITA Regional event on Friday.