La Jolla, California - The No. 18 University of California San Diego men’s tennis team earned two big home victories in consecutive days at Northview Tennis Courts.
The Tritons defeated West Region rival and No. 19-ranked Hawaii Pacific, 6-3, on Wednesday evening, before quickly turning around to knock off Boston University, 5-2, on Thursday morning.
UC San Diego (6-2) has now won six-consecutive dual matches.
The Tritons swept doubles play against Hawaii Pacific en route to Wednesday’s dual-match victory, in a rematch of the Sharks’ victory last month. The No. 1 team of sophomores Marc Isaia and Sreeganesh Manoharan earned a close win against Maxime Gayte and Gerardo Irrarrazabal, 8-7 (8), while the No. 2 unit of seniors Eric Tseng and Justin Zhang knocked off Juan Erro and Benjamin Loccisano, 8-3.
UC San Diego’s No. 3 duo of freshman Eskil Jarlskog and Neil Tengbumroong completed the sweep by defeating Adrian Elduque and Jack Lyttle, 8-3.
In singles action, No. 21-ranked Tseng got the Tritons off to a fast start with a victory over 27th-ranked Loccisano, 6-1, 6-1, in the No. 1 slot, while Tengbumroong followed with a straight-set victory against Elduque, 6-2, 6-0.
Hawaii Pacific finally earned a win when 46th-ranked Irrarrazabal topped Isaia in the No. 3 slot, 6-3, 6-3, and No. 39-ranked Zhang dropped his No. 2 singles contest to Gayte, 7-5, 6-2.
Junior Richard Han came up short against Erro in a thrilling No. 5-singles battle, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 10-5. However, Jarlskog finished the match on a high note for the Tritons, defeating Lyttle in a long, grueling No. 4 singles matchup, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 18-16.
The Tritons carried their momentum going into Thursday morning with a victory over Boston University.
Doubles action began with UC San Diego’s No. 3 duo of sophomore Marius Ruh and Tengbumroong dropping its match to Ethan Kolsky and Owen Lu, 6-2, before the Tritons’ No. 2 team of Tseng and Zhang defeated J.P. Avila and David Bogatin, 6-2, to even it up.
UC San Diego earned the doubles point when its No. 1 unit of Isaia and Manoharan topped Pedro Gutierrez and Satyajit Simhadri, 7-5.
No. 39-ranked Zhang began singles play with a straight-sets win against Lu, 6-3, 6-3, but Ruh fell short in his No. 6 singles matchup with Kolsky, 7-5, 6-4.
Isaia lost a No. 3 singles contest against Bogatin, 6-3, 6-3, to tie the dual match at 2-2, but No. 21-ranked Tseng defeated Simhadri, 6-4, 6-4, to put the Tritons back on top. Han sealed the dual-match victory with a three-set win in No. 4 singles against Gutierrez, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
With the final outcome already decided, Tengbumroong wrapped up his No. 5 singles victory over Marc Sable in three sets, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.
UC San Diego resumes action on Sunday, March 11, when it plays host to Bucknell beginning at 10 a.m.