UCSD Goes to Cow Town
On April 29th, the Tritons traveled up to UC Davis for the 1st annual Cow Town Showdown. On the first day, the team played against the University of New Hampshire Wildcats, San Francisco State University Gators, and UC Davis Aggies in their round-robin pool. In their first pool match, the Tritons beat UNH 30-9. In their second pool match against SFSU, they won 30-18. In this second matchup, mixed doubles team Gautam Narayan and Olivia Bryan stood out as they worked to construct points that brought out their strengths. There were many points that ended in overhead winners from Olivia or volley winners from Gautam as SFSU had trouble keeping the pair away from the net. Meanwhile, in singles, Aubrie Weissbuch displayed her command of the court as she hit many down-the-line winners from the baseline. Aubrie also showed off her mental toughness as she patiently set up points that would allow her to hit forehand put-away shots. In their third pool matchup against UC Davis, the Tritons left it all on the court. A veteran of the team, doubles player Sunny Gupta showed off his finesse and experience. His aggressive and strategic net game was a highlight of this doubles matchup. Additionally, in women's doubles, Julie Nguyen proved once again to be a challenge for other teams. Julie's resilience was highlighted in this match by her success in getting tough shots back into play and her aggressive plays at the net.
Overall, the Tritons placed second in their pool- 6 games behind UC Davis- and were given one of the wild card spots in the Gold bracket. In their Gold bracket match, they faced Stanford-A. In women's doubles, Lizzy Van Ert gave her all to combat the Stanford women's team. Lizzy's serves proved tricky for Stanford as they had difficulty hitting aggressive returns off of them. Additionally, Lizzy's effort to move to the net and join partner Olivia Bryan was rewarded as the duo won most of their points from the net. In men's singles, Jesus Osuna dug in and played one of his toughest matches of the weekend. Having broken the strings on both of his racquets, he played most of the match with a different racquet model but still managed to give the Stanford player a run for his money. Jesus' forehand winners and consistently difficult shots were on display throughout this close match. Finally, to end this matchup and UCSD's tournament, mixed doubles team Sebastian Smith and Bre Ford took the court. During this close match, Sebastian's aggressive net play and serves allowed the pair to clutch several key deuce points. Additionally, Bre's court coverage and dynamic net play helped the pair to get two breaks and win the doubles match 6-3. Unfortunately, the duo was unable to get the 5 consecutive games needed for UCSD to win in overtime. Overall, UCSD placed in the top 8 at the tournament and once again emphasized that they are a force to be reckoned with.