UCSD Places 37th at 2019 USTA TOC Nationals
This past weekend, UCSD Club Tennis traveled to Surprise, Arizona to compete in the 2019 USTA Tennis On Campus Nationals Championships. This tournament features 64 schools from the United States, and UCSD got 37th place overall.
Day 1 Group Stage
On the first day, Tritons fell short in the first match. Women’s doubles had an easy win over Arizona State with a score of 6-2, but men’s doubles lost in a close match 5-6. Both singles lost their sets and tritons were down 3 games going into mixed. Although the mixed duo tried to bring it back, they lost a very close set 4-6.
In the second match, the Tritons decided to switch up the lineup and had a great match against Lone Star College. They finished the match strong with a score 30-5.
The last match of Day 1 was against University of Miami, the first seed in the pool. Since the first seed beat ASU, we still have some hope to win the pool if we could beat the first seed. Women’s doubles finished strong again with a 6-0 finish, while men’s doubles lost 2-6. Men’s singles was able to close out the match, while women’s singles also ended up winning the match. Up 4 games going into mixed, the mixed pair lost the set 5-6, but was able to win the match in the overtime.
In a three-way tie with two other schools in the pool, the Tritons were placed in the bronze bracket with the lowest winning percentage.
Day 2 Bracket Play
The first opponent UCSD faced on Day 2 was a rematch from last year against Stanford. The tritons were able to win in a super tiebreaker, with a sudden death point in favor of the tritons. The second match was against the champions from 2 years ago-University of Michigan. Although our players fought really hard, we came a little short with a score of 14-30. The last match of the day, we played University of Virginia, and we were able to pull off a win!
Day 3 Bracket play
The last day consists of just one match and the championship match. UC San Diego finished their last match of the tournament strongly, and pulled a win against Miami University in Ohio. We finished with a score of 27-15, and that placed us in 37th place of the tournament.
Players: Qing Wen, Mina Vukovic, Melissa Tran, Smita Sabada, Jessica Chen, Sanjeev Sinha, Kailash Venkatraman, Alex Miaule, Jesus Osuna, Michael Wu