Men’s Tennis Wins Final Home Match on Senior Day

Senior Mitch del Rosario prepares to return a volley in a match earlier this season. (Courtesy of USF Athletics)

The Dons’ tennis team won its final home match of the 2009 season 5-2 on Saturday April 11 against UC Santa Cruz. The contest was the last home match for seniors Mitch del Rosario, Torin Ching and Tommy Tu, who is currently ranked 103rd nationally. Each senior had nice outings, as they all won their matches. Ching and Rosario combined for the top spot in their doubles match, getting the win 8-6 over UC Santa Cruz players, Jared Kamel and Marc Vartabedian. The senior duo played a great match and narrowly prevailed for the victory.

This year del Rosario has a singles record of 7-11 and a doubles record of 4-12. For his career so far, he has an overall record of 31-43. His most successful season was last year where as a junior he posted his only winning season at 16-10.

Ching has a 0-1 singles record and a 4-10 doubles record for the season. For his career, Ching has a 27-36 doubles record and a 9-15 singles record.

Tommy Tu also won both of his matches for the day. He played in doubles with sophomore Jacob Hartwig against UC Santa Cruz players Max Ortiz and Colin Mark-Griffin. The USF duo dominated the match and easily won the contest 8-2. Tu also dominated his singles match, winning straight sets against Max Liberty-Point, 6-0, 6-2.

Tu has had a very strong senior season; he leads the team with a 16-7 overall record. He also has a 14-6 record in doubles matches. Tu has also been ranked nationally several different times throughout the season. So far for his career he has a 73-42 record. His most successful seasons were his freshman and sophomore years. In his freshman season, Tu posted an overall record of 20-12. For his sophomore year he had an overall record of 22-11.

The Dons season will be over on Wednesday, after they travel to nearby Stanford for their final matches of the regular season. After that the Dons will enter the WCC tournament, which goes from April 17 to April 19.
USF is currently in 5th place with a 5-10 overall record and a 3-2 record in the WCC. This means the Dons will enter the tournament as the 5th seed and take on 4th seeded San Diego in the first round. Hopefully the Dons will be able to pull of a few wins in the tournament. The Dons didn’t have the most successful season but the careers of their seniors’ have been solid and they will be remembered.


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