No. 3 Men’s Tennis Splits Matches with NCAA DII Opponents Biola & Azusa Pacific

La Mirada, Calif. – The No. 3 Washington University in St. Louis men’s tennis team split its two matches on Wednesday out in Southern California against NCAA DII opponents Biola and Azusa Pacific.

WashU recorded a 5-2 victory over Biola but fell 5-2 at Azusa Pacific. After Wednesday’s competition, the Bears sit at 7-3 overall on the season.

It was not an ordinary match for the Bears, who played both teams simultaneously at two separate sites, splitting the team up.

WashU vs Biola

Against BU, the Bears won the ever so important doubles point as Jared Phillips / Gaurav Singh won at No. 2 doubles 6-1, while James Shaheen / Akshay Saluja earned a dominant 6-0 win at No. 3 dubs.

Using NCAA DII rules, WashU needed only three wins in singles play to secure the victory. Singh battled hard to a straight-set 6-2, 7-5 victory at No. 2 singles, putting WU ahead 2-1.

Jeremy Ouyang gave the Bears a 3-1 edge after a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles. Needing just one more victory, Phillips sealed the win at No. 3 singles with an impressive three-set win, rallying back after dropping the first set (3-6, 6-0, 6-3).

First-year Akshay Saluja pulled out his first win of the year at No. 6 singles with a third-set tiebreaker win (4-6, 7-6, 10-4).

WashU vs Azusa Pacific

The Bears fell behind early, dropping the doubles point after losing two of the three matches. Abhi Ramireddy / Daniel Li tabbed the lone win for WU at No. 1 doubles with a 7-6 (3) victory.

In singles play, Li had another strong outing, taking care of business in straight sets with a 7-6 (3), 6-4 decision at No. 2 singles.

The other victory for WashU came at No. 4 singles, as Lucas Guy cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win.

WU will next matchup with Amherst on Friday for the Bears’ first match of the Stag-Hen Invite in Claremont, Calif.

Results

WashU vs Biola

Singles competition

1. Alexei Prokopchuk (BU-MT) def. Luke Smith (WASHUM) 6-0, 6-0
2. Gaurav Singh (WASHUM) def. Antonio R. Varona (BU-MT) 6-2, 7-5
3. Jared Phillips (WASHUM) def. Alex Sedeno (BU-MT) 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
4. Isaac Cordova (BU-MT) def. James Shaheen (WASHUM) 6-3, 6-4
5. Jeremy Ouyang (WASHUM) def. Callen Hein (BU-MT) 6-3, 6-3
6. Akshay Saluja (WASHUM) def. Andres Meneses (BU-MT) 4-6, 7-6, 10-4

Doubles competition

  1. Alexei Prokopchuk / Antonio R. Varona (BU-MT) def. Jeremy Ouyang / Scott Yamamoto (WASHUM) 6-2
  2. Jared Phillips / Gaurav Singh (WASHUM) def. Carlos Solorzano / Callen Hein (BU-MT) 6-1
  3. James Shaheen / Akshay Saluja (WASHUM) def. Ian Nieh / Ashton Heynes (BU-MT) 6-0

Match Notes:
WashU 7-3
Biola University 11-5; National ranking # 37
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,2,5,4,3,6)

WashU vs Azusa Pacific

Doubles

1. Abhi Ramireddy / Daniel Li (WashU) def. Nuno / Bohren (AP) 7-6 (3)

2. Velicki / Walter (AP) def. John Fakouri / Lucas Guy (WashU) 6-1

3. Smith / Sippel (AP) def. Sam Komis / Henri Ohl (WashU) 6-1

Singles

1. Velicki (AP) def. Ramireddy (WashU) 6-7, 6-2, 6-4

2. Li (WashU) def. Smith (AP) 7-6, 6-4

3. Lee (AP) def. Fakouri (WashU) 3-6, 7-6, 6-4

4. Guy (WashU) def. Parsley (AP) 6-1, 6-3

5. Samkutty (AP) def. Komis (WashU) 6-2, 6-0

6. Rassner (AP) def. Ohl (WashU) 6-3, 6-1

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