Men's Tennis Posts Solid First Day at Aggie Invite

Hugo Verdi-Fortin advanced to Saturday's Flight B Singles quarterfinal. (Wayne Tilcock)

Oct. 6, 2012

Tournament Central

DAVIS, Calif. - Hugo Verdi-Fortin advanced to Saturday's Flight B singles quarterfinal to highlight a strong first day of action for the UC Davis men's tennis team at its own Aggie Invitational, held at the Marya Welch Tennis Center in Davis.

Verdi-Fortin defeated Saint Mary's Thomas Hunt 6-2, 6-3 before taking on Cal's Stuart Miller. He earned a three-set victory over Miller, dropping the first set 5-7 before rallying to win 6-2 and 6-1. He'll face Stanford's Nolan Paige in the quarterfinals.

In other Flight B Singles action, senior George Horowicz moved past Sonoma State's David Hutton with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win, but suffered a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz. Junior Adam Luba also advanced past his first round opponent, claiming a 6-0, 6-2 win over San Francisco's Jason Lee, before falling to Stanford's Trey Lobel, 6-1, 6-3 in the round of 16.

Kyle Miller takes on Pacific's Ben Mirkin in the quarterfinals of the Flight A Singles consolation bracket on Saturday. He lost his first round match to Fresno State's Reid DeLaubenfels 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-2 then advanced to the consolation quarterfinals after San Francisco's Richard Bucalem withdrew due to illness. He'll face Pacific's Ben Mirkin.

Toki Sherbakov will also appear in the consolation quarterfinals, facing Stanford's Denis Lin. After falling to Nevada's Andrew Poustie 6-4, 6-2, he defeated Cal's Andrew Scholnick in a 4-6, 7-6(4), 1-0(4) three-set victory.

Freshman Brett Bacharach won his first round match, defeating Stanford's Walker Kehrer 6-3, 7-5 before losing to Santa Clara's Tom Pham 6-4, 6-3. Alec Haley fell to San Francisco's WIll Schumacher 6-1, 6-3 in other Flight A Singles action.



In doubles, Bacharach and Horowicz defeated Neavada's Billy Bumgardner and Nicholas Sextion 8-5 to advance to the Flight B Doubles quarterfinals where they will face the tournament's top-seeded duo in Cal's Nikhil Jayashankar and Wyatt Houghton.

Alec Haley and Mitch Thorp also won their doubles match against Sonoma State's Jimmy Manning and Seth Hein and will take on Anthony Tsodikov and Walker Kehrer from Stanford in the quarterfinals.

Verdi-Fortin and Miller dropped an 8-4 decision to Saint Mary's Jesse Kiuru and Joakim Norstrom while Adam Levie paired with Sherbakov against Stanford's Jamin Ball and Trey Strobel, the fourth-seeded duo in the tournament. Levie and Sherbakov lost 8-4.

Davis, Calif.
UC Davis results only

Flight A ITA Singles
Round of 32
Reid DeLaubenfels (FRES) def. Kyle Miller (UCD), 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-2
Brett Bacharach (UCD) def. Walker Kehrer (STAN), 6-3, 7-5
Andrew Poustie (NEV) def. Toki Sherbakov (UCD), 6-4, 6-2
Will Schumacher (USF) def. Alec Haley (UCD), 6-1, 6-3

Round of 16
Tom Pham (SC) def. Brett Bacharach (UCD), 6-4, 6-3

Consolation 1st Round
Kyle Miller (UCD) def. Richard Bucalem (USF), withdraw
Toki Sherbakov (UCD) def. Andrew Scholnick (CAL), 4-6, 7-6(4), 1-0(4)
Fernando Sunago (NEV) def. Alec Haley (UCD), 7-6(4), 7-5

Flight B ITA Singles
Round of 32

George Horowicz (UCD) def. David Hutton (SON), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Adam Luba (UCD) def. Jason Lee (USF), 6-0, 6-2
Nils Skaa (USF) def. Mitch Thorp (UCD), 6-2, 6-1
Hugo Verdi-Fortin (UCD) def. Thomas Hunt (SMC), 6-2, 6-3

Round of 16
Maciek Romanowicz (STAN) def. George Horowicz (UCD), 6-4, 6-3
Trey Strobel (STAN) def. Adam Luba (UCD), 6-1, 6-3
Hugo Verdi-Fortin (UCD) def. Stuart Miller (CAL), 5-7, 6-2, 6-1

Flight C Singles - Round Robin
Johan Samuelsson (USF) def. Adam Levie (UCD), 7-6(5), 7-6(5)

Flight A ITA Doubles
Round of 16

Jesse Kiuru-Joakim Norstrom (SMC) def. Hugo Verdi-Fortin-Kyle Miller (UCD), 8-4
Jamin Ball-Trey Strobel (STAN) def. Adam Levie-Tokie Sherbakov (UCD), 8-4

Flight B ITA Doubles
Round of 16

Brett Bacharach-George Horowicz (UCD) def. Billy Bumgardner-Nicholas Sexton (NEV), 8-5
Alec Haley-Mitch Thorp (UCD) def. Jimmy Manning-Seth Hein (SSU), 8-2