Tearney Successful in Singles and Doubles on Day Two of USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championship
IRVINE, Calif. - Top-seeded Finn Tearney of the Pepperdine men's tennis team is one of 16 singles players left standing at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championship after a dominating victory today at the Anteater Tennis Stadium. In addition, Tearney and Mousheg Hovhannisyan are through to the round of 16 in doubles.
Tearney (Wellington, New Zealand/Wellington College), who did not allow a single game in yesterday's shut-out victory, downed USC's Michael Grant 6-1, 6-1 today in the round of 32. He will face Grant's teammate, Eric Johnson, in the next round tomorrow.
After splitting sets with Nicholas Bjerke, Hovhannisyan (North Hollywood, Calif./Continental Academy) was edged in the deciding frame 6-4.
Tearney and Hovhannisyan teamed up in the doubles draw and logged a pair of wins today. They first knocked off Grant and Jonny Wang, 8-2, before eliminating Jacob Jung and Tyler Pham, 8-6. The Pepperdine tandem will face San Diego's Clarke Spinosa and Thibaut Visy in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
In the singles consolation draw, Damian Gryzelko (London, England/Saddlebrook Preparatory School) rebounded from yesterday's loss with a 6-3, 7-6 triumph over Ryan Cheung of UC Irvine.
The regional championships continued tomorrow and run through Tuesday.
USTA/ITA Southwest Regional
Singles Round of 32
#14 Finn Tearney (Pepperdine) def. Michael Grant (USC) 6-1, 6-1
Nicholas Bjerke (Loyola Marymount) def. #63 Mousheg Hovhannisyan (Pepperdine) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Damian Gryzelko (Pepperdine) def. Ryan Cheung (UC Irvine) 6-3, 7-6
Juan Florez (San Diego State) def. Kento Tanaka-Tamaki (Pepperdine), scores unavailable
R32 Finn Tearney/Mousheg Hovhannisyan (Pepperdine) def. Michael Grant/Jonny Wang (USC) 8-2
R32 Ryan Cheung/Shuhei Shibahara (UC Irvine) def. Damian Gryzelko/Kento Tanaka-Tamaki (Pepperdine) 8-6
R16 Finn Tearney/Mousheg Hovhannisyan (Pepperdine) def. Jacob Jung/Tyler Pham (UC Irvine) 8-6