Dons aces at Pacific Invitational

Phuc Huynh scored titles this weekend in both singles and doubles action. Picture from Sept. 20. DONS ATHLETICS/FLICKR

The fall season is winding down for both of USF’s tennis teams.

 The women’s team sent four Dons to compete at the Kramer Classic, a tournament held from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 in Rolling Estates, California. 

Sophomore Arianna Capogrosso began her campaign with a first-round bye. In the second round, Capogrosso fended off a second-set comeback, eliminating Sofia Lazzaroni of the UC Riverside Highlanders (6-2, 6-4). After a rocky start, Capogrosso earned a spot in the quarterfinals with a three-set win over Tiffany Lagarde of the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (1-6, 6-0, 6-3). Ultimately, Capogrosso fell in straight sets to Anastasia Kharitonova of the Baylor University Bears (6-3, 6-3). 

Deeper into the draw, sophomore Rita Colyer stood her ground against the University of Arizona Wildcats’ Kayla Wilkins, eliminating her competition by a score of 4-6, 6-3, 7-6. Colyer exited in the round of 32 as she was beaten by Baylor’s Jessica Hinojosa (6-7, 6-1, 6-2).

In the bottom half of the draw, junior Mya Bui cranked out a win over the UC Irvine Anteaters’ Jessica Tsukiji (6-2, 6-3). Bui was eliminated the round of 32 by Nika Zupancic of the University of Washington Huskies (6-1, 4-6, 6-3). 

Rounding out the draw, senior Emily Maxfield cruised to a first-round victory over Sara Khattab of the UC Riverside Highlanders (6-3, 6-0). In the round of 32, Maxfield bounced back from a difficult second set to beat the UC Irvine Anteaters’ Flora Amiri (6-0, 3-6, 6-1). Maxfield was eliminated in the round of 16 by the UCLA Bruins’ Annette Goulak (6-2, 6-2). 

The men’s team emerged victorious in their final battle of the fall season when they traveled to Stockton to compete in the Pacific Invitational. The tournament consisted of two singles draws and two doubles draws. 

The men’s team emerged victorious in their final battle of the fall season when they traveled to Stockton to compete in the Pacific Invitational.

Senior Paul Giraud advanced to the second round when Joshua Snowdon-Poole of the Sacramento State University Hornets withdrew due to an injury. Giraud moved onto the quarterfinals when Daniel Landa of the UC Davis Aggies retired in the second set, also due to an injury. Giraud was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Santiago Hinojosa of the University of Santa Clara Broncos by a score of 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.

Fresh off a first-round bye, sophomore Nitzan Ricklis routed Delmas Nicha of the University of Nevada, Reno Wolfpack in the round of 16 (6-1, 6-2). After dropping the first set, Ricklis bounced back and defeated Brett Brinkman of UC Davis (6-7, 6-3, 6-4). Ricklis put away UC Davis’ Arjith Jayaraman (2-6, 7-5, 6-2), and he claimed the first singles championship with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Andrei Volgin of UC Davis. 

In the singles B draw, freshman Johan Garpered earned a first-round victory over Jackson Hawk of the Saint Mary’s College Gaels (6-4, 6-1). He sailed into the third round with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Santa Clara’s Matthew Rodriguez. Garpered fell in straight sets to Saint Mary’s Boris Reckow (7-6(1), 6-1). 

In the same draw, sophomore Phuc Huynh secured victories over Giovanni Fragalle of the Holy Names University Hawks (6-3, 6-0) and Saint Mary’s Andrew Watterson (6-2, 6-1). Huynh punched his ticket to the finals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Saint Mary’s Akbarmirzo Mamirov. Huynh earned retribution and the championship by defeating Reckow in the finals by a score of 6-3, 6-2. 

Over in doubles action, Giraud and Ricklis claimed the doubles A title. The duo beat Sacramento State University’s Anton de la Puente and Carlos Rodriguez by a score of 8-3. In the quarterfinals, the two defeated Javier Luque and Guillermo Romero of Holy Names (8-4). Ricklis and Giraud earned the championship victory with an 8-5 win over UC Davis. 

In the doubles B draw, the team of Garpered and Huynh earned an 8-2 quarterfinal win over Abdulaziz AlBayouk and Elliot Arnarp of Sacramento State. The duo clinched a spot in the finals with an 8-5 victory over Saint Mary’s Abhishek Bastola and Andrew Watterson. Garpered and Huynh trounced Holy Names’ Alfonso De Simon and Dimitrije Vukovic (8-1) on the way to their championship victory. 

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