The No. 1 doubles team of senior Erik Elliott and sophomore Austin West put on an impressive display, winning all four of their matches over the three-day tournament. Elliott also won three of his matches as the No. 1 singles player. Junior Chapman Chan won three matches as the No. 2 singles player.
After steamrolling Dallas Baptist on Friday, the Tritons had two close matches on Saturday with the doubles teams stepping up to help the Tritons get the victories. The teams split the singles matches 3-3, but the doubles teams of Elliott and West, as well as Armuan Emami and Jason Wall, secured victories.
Against Hawaii Hilo, the Tritons won only one of their three doubles matches to fall behind early. But UCSD came back to win five of the six singles matches, with victories from Elliott, Chan, Vincent Nguyen, Max Jiganti and Maxence Dutreix.
The Tritons have started the season with six straight wins, and look set to move up from their preseason No. 31 ITA ranking.
At the same tournament, the Triton women got their two first wins of the season, defeating Dallas Baptist 5-4 and Hawaii-Hilo 9-0. The Tritons also fell to Hawaii Pacific 1-8.
The match against Dallas Baptist was determined by senior Cindy Dao’s singles match, which she won 6-4, 6-4.
“It was nice getting that first win; it tied at four and came down to Dao’s singles match,” head coach Liz LaPlante said. “It was a great match. Cindy was mentally solid and focused. Cindy just played great. It was really good for the girls to see the intensity necessary to win the match.”
The Tritons fell to Hawaii Pacific — who they lost to at regional last year — 1-8 in their second match. HPU is a powerhouse in women’s tennis, often fielding several foreign players.
In their third match, the Tritons defeated Hawaii-Hilo, who LaPlante expected to beat.
“We came out ready to play, and did,” LaPlante said. “It was good to get the win.”
No. 1 singles player Taskeen Baines won two of her three singles matches over the weekend, and all three of her doubles matches while paired with Haley Perrotte.
The Triton women will face off against Division III Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Saturday at UCSD at 11 a.m., a team they have not played since the move to Division II in 2000. The Triton men return to action on Thursday in an away match against Azusa Pacific University.