NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - UCSB senior co-captain Joseph Guillin has been awarded the 13th seeded position in the ITA Fall National Championships which began on Wednesday in Newport Beach, California. The ITA Fall Nationals, the third 'major' championship of the season, is comprised of the top 64 players in the country. Joseph continues the streak of UCSB invitations to this prestigious tournament following in the footsteps of Nicolas Moreno de Alboran who reached the semi-finals of this event last year and Morgan Mays/Simon Freund who bounced the no. 1 seeds in the doubles competition in 2016.
UCSB's ace earned an automatic bid to the Fall Nationals by winning the ITA Southwest Regional Championship last month where he defeated all comers from USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, San Diego, Pepperdine and SDSU amongst others. Now, Guillin has advanced to the round of 16 after defeating Kody Pearson (Tulsa) 7-5, 6-1 and Ewan Moore (Tulane) 6-4, 7-6(7). Guillin is slated to face sixth-seeded Hady Habib (Texas A&M) on Friday at 10:30 AM.
The tournament is being played at The Tennis Club in Newport Beach and you can find the draw and follow matches live at:
Gauchos Head South
Gauchos Alejandro Vedri, Alex Soto, Wilhelm Saiga, Luka Vukmanovic and Josh Williams are competing at the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships at USC this week. All five Gauchos started in the qualifying draw, which began Thursday at 10AM.
Of all the Gauchos in the singles qualifying draw, only Vedri was able to secure a spot in the main draw, which begins Friday at 11:30 AM. The hard-hitting sophomore from Spain defeated a tough challenger in William Kirkman (ASU) 7-6(2), 6-2. Vedri is matched up against seventh-seeded Ben Goldberg (UCLA) in the round of 32.
Vedri paired with Alex Dominguez to pick up another win, this time in doubles, over William Lan and Marius Ruh (UCSD) 8-5. The UCSB duo will face off against the second-seeded pair of Kirkman and Mandresy Rakotomalala (ASU) on Friday.
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