TUCSON, Ariz. – The men’s doubles pairings continued their success in the Aztec Invitational Saturday, winning all four matches to garner two spots in Sunday’s semifinal.
“We had a great start in doubles,” said assistant coach Arron Spencer. “Going 4-0 on the day was a result of the guys bringing the right energy into each match.”
Coming off a first-round bye, senior Fredrik Ask and sophomore Naoki Takeda defeated Devon Sousa and Andrew Maloszak of UC San Diego, 8-4. Shortly after, they defeated host-school San Diego State’s Hendrik Jebens and Freddy Gelbrich 8-7 to earn a spot in the semis. The duo will look to get into the finals on Sunday as they face Arjun Ball and Felix Schueller of Grand Canyon.
Junior Carlos Bermudez and sophomore Matt Dunn earned their way into the semifinals on the bottom half of the bracket first by beating Johnathan Poon and Mika DeCoster of UC Irvine 8-5. They then went on to overcome David Doehring and Cristobal Rivera of Loyola Marymount 8-4. Sunday’s matchup for Bermudez and Dunn will come against Robbie Bellamy and Nick Crystal of Southern California.
Dunn also competed in singles Saturday, winning a spot in the consolation final as he took a tiebreaker third-set to defeat Poon 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7). He will compete in Sunday’s final match against Caryl Hernandez of UC Irvine.
Takeda and Bermudez also picked up singles victories. Takeda defeated Andrew Carlisle of San Diego 6-1, 6-3 and Bermudez beat UC San Diego’s Guy Giubilato 6-3, 7-5.
Coming off a strong performance Friday, Ask dropped his match against Joseph Di Giulio of UCLA 6-4, 6-4. Ask will compete Sunday as he takes on another Bruin, Ryoto Tachi, for third place.
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Bermudez/Dunn (UA) def. Jiganti/Luu (UCSD) 8-3
Ask (UA) def. Stolyarov (Pacific) 6-1, 6-2
Tachi (UCLA) def. Takeda (UA) 4-1 retired
Bermudez (UA) def. Malozsak (UCSD)
Carlisle (USD) def. Dunn (UA) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(8)
Ask (UA) def Saleem (GCU) 6-0, 6-0
Legaretta (GCU) def. Bermudez (UA) 6-4, 6-4
Dunn (UA) def. Wee (UCLA) 6-3, 6-2
Ask/Takeda (UA) def. Sousa/Maloszak (UCSD) 8-4
Bermudez/Dunn (UA) def. Poon/DeCoster (UCI) 8-5
Ask/Takeda (UA) def. Jebens/Gelbrich (SDSU) 8-7
Bermudez/Dunn (UA) def. Doehring/Rivera (LMU) 8-4
Dunn (UA) def. Poon (UCI) 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7)
Bermudez (UA) def. Giubilato (UCSD) 6-3, 7-5
Takeda (UA) def. Carlisle (USD) 6-1, 6-3
Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Ask (UA) 6-4, 6-4
Ask/Takeda (UA) vs. Ball/Schueller (GCU)
Bermudez/Dunn (UA) vs. Bellamy/Crystal (USC)
Dunn (UA) vs. Hernandez (UCI)
Ask (UA) vs. Tachi (UCLA)