The men’s tennis team was busy last weekend in Berkeley for the Bay Bridge Cal Nike Fall Invitational.
Only four of the men’s players participated in the tournament: senior Woravin Kumthonkittkul, sophomore Jerod Mah, freshman Paul Giroud and freshman Mert Zincirli. In his first singles match Zincirli rallied back after dropping the first set 3-6 and won two straight sets 6-0 and 6-2, to claim victory. However in his next singles match Mert lost in straight sets 3-6 and 4-6. Giraud struggled throughout losing out on his first round match 5-7 and 2-6 then losing his consolation match 2-6 and 2-6. Giraud and Zincirli also linked up for a doubles match but lost a tough by tie break 7-8.
In a separate singles bracket, Mah won his first singles match in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. Unfortunately in his next match he had to retire from play due to injury after losing the first set 6-3. Mah and Kumthonkittkul also teamed up for a doubles match but lost by tie break 6-8.
Kumthonkittkul had the most successful weekend racking up three wins in singles play before losing in the semifinals. Woravin cruised past his first opponent 6-3 and 6-0. The his next match he took down the No.6 seed 6-2 and 6-3. During his quarter final match he was pitted against the No.1 seed from the University of the Pacific Jose Chamba Gomez and missed out on taking the first set 5-7 but bounced back with a strong showing to win the second and third sets 6-3 and 6-4. That was the end of Kumthonkittkul run however as the No.7 seed from UC Davis halted him 3-6 and 6-4.
Overall a strong showing for the Dons who are still preparing for their season in the Spring. Their next tournament will be the ITA Regionals in Berkeley starting October 12th and will last until the 17th.
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