Freshmen Shine For Aggies At ITA West Regional

Oct. 3, 2003

POMONA, Calif. - Freshmen Jayce Fitch captured a third-set tiebreaker in his third-round match, one of two Aggies in the third round, before falling in the quarterfinals to No.3-seed Emil Novak following the second day of play at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association West Regional Friday at the Kellogg Tennis Center.

Fitch's first match on Friday was a three-set affair as he faced UC San Diego's Brent Molden. Molden, who defeated No.6-seed Patrick Nagle of Sonoma State on Thursday, raced out to the early lead by taking the first set, 6-2. Fitch responded by taking the second set, 6-2, then capped the match by winning a tiebreaker in the third set. The win pushed Fitch into the quarterfinals against UC San Diego's Novak, who escaped with the 7-5, 6-4 win. Novak was one of four Tritons to reach the semifinals.

UC Davis freshman Casey McMakin, the No.8-seed, also played Friday morning. McMakin, who won a three-set match on Thursday, dropped a 6-1, 7-5 decision against Nick Morton of UC San Diego.

In doubles play, a pair of Aggie teams reached the quarterfinals. Fitch and Robert Wong dropped an 8-2 contest against the Triton duo of Emil and Thomas Novak. Casey McMakin and his brother, Kyle also fell to a UC San Diego team as Brian Swatt and Amir Nejad captured an 8-6 victory.

Semifinal and championship matches at the ITA West Regional will be played on Saturday.

2003 ITA West Regional
October 2-4
at Pomona, Calif.

Third-Round Singles:
Jayce Fitch (UCD) def. Brent Molden (UCSD) 2-6, 6-2, 7-6
Nick Morton (UCSD) def. No.8 Casey McMakin (UCD) 6-1, 7-5

Quarterfinal Singles:
No.4 Emil Novak (UCSD) def. Jayce Fitch (UCD) 7-5, 6-4

Third-Round Doubles:
Emil Novak/Thomas Novak (UCSD) def. Jayce Fitch/Robert Wong (UCD) 8-2
Brian Swatt/Amir Nejad (UCSD) def. Casey McMakin/Kyle McMakin (UCD) 8-6