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Athletics Roundup: Men's Tennis Has Sights on WCC Title; Women's Tennis, Baseball, Softball, Track, Golf

Athletics Roundup: Men's Tennis Has Sights on WCC Title; Women's Tennis, Baseball, Softball, Track, Golf

The No. 28-nationally-ranked University of San Diego men’s tennis team asserted itself in the West Coast Conference regular-season title race this past weekend, picking up victories at Loyola Marymount, 4-1, on April 13 and then topping Pepperdine, 4-2, on April 14.

The Toreros have now won three WCC matches in a row and won 11 of their last 12 with only one more regular-season match, at home against WCC foe Pacific on April 20, to go. The weekend victories improved USD’s record to 7-1 in conference play and 17-4 overall. Gonzaga is in second place with a 6-2 WCC mark.

Against LMU on Saturday, USD won the doubles point thanks to victories by its top two teams, August Holmgren and Joel Gamerov and Gui Osorio and Nico Borter. LMU had won the first doubles match to force USD to win both to secure the point. In singles play, Osorio won at the No. 2 position for a 2-0 lead, but LMU’s Austin Di Giulio won to cut the lead in half. Victories by David Norfeldt and Gamerov clinched the team win.

On Sunday in Malibu, Calif., against Pepperdine, a program with a lot of championship history, USD took care of business by securing the doubles point. Gamerov-Holmgren and Osorio-Borter again triumphed. Then, in singles play, Noah Dufort won for a 2-0 USD lead, but Pepperdine won two of the next three singles matches to cut the Toreros’ lead to 3-2. Norfeldt rallied from losing the first set to clinch the match.

USD will seek its sixth straight WCC title later this week and fourth in row under current head coach Ryan Keckley.

Next Match: USD hosts Pacific, Saturday, 1 p.m., USD's Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center.

Women's Tennis

The winning streak is over, but in the same weekend, the USD women’s tennis team got swept 4-0 by No. 8 nationally ranked Pepperdine on April 12 to lose for the first time since Feb. 16, but then bounced right back with a 4-2 win against Loyola Marymount on April 14.

Both matches took place at USD’s Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center and Sunday’s match was USD’s home finale and Senior Day for Sophia Chow and Maria-Paula Torres.

The Toreros, ranked 41st in the national Top 50 poll, lost to Pepperdine to snap a 12-match win streak. It was a battle between the top two West Coast Conference teams, but the Waves secured the doubles point in the third and final match and then won at No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 positions to complete the sweep. The highlight for the Toreros was the team of Kati Kukaras and Gemma Garcia winning in doubles to force the third set to determine the outcome of the point.

On Sunday, though, USD (15-3 overall, 6-1 WCC) beat LMU and, hopefully, can close out the regular season on the road this next week and have another win streak started. Against LMU, USD did win the doubles point thanks to wins by the teams of Torres-Solymar Colling and Kukaras-Garcia. In singles play, LMU won at No. 5 and 6 spots, but USD victories by Kukaras, Daniela Morales and Colling clinched the team win.

Next Matches: USD at Saint Mary's, Friday, 11 a.m., Moraga, Calif.; USD at Pacific, Saturday, noon, Stockton, Calif.

Baseball

The USD baseball team had another tough week of games this past week, falling 5-4 to Long Beach State on April 9 at Fowler Park and then traveling to Los Angeles for a weekend series at Loyola Marymount and losing two of three in West Coast Conference play.

USD had nine hits in the opener against LMU, but by the time the Toreros made some inroads on LMU’s large lead with a solo homer by Paul Kunst in the seventh inning and a three-run eighth, it was too late in a 10-4 loss to the Lions on April 12.

Saturday, USD scored twice in the first inning on an RBI single by Jeff Houghtby and sacrifice fly by Chris McCready, but USD stranded seven runners on base through the first four innings. LMU chipped away at the lead with a run in the third, fifth and what would be the game-winning run in the sixth inning of a 3-2 LMU win. USD’s offense was hitless in the last five innings of the game.

Sunday’s 11-8 USD victory saw the Torero score in six of the nine innings, including a six-run sixth inning. Adam Kerner hit two solo home runs and added an RBI single, Chris Colarossi also hit a solo homer and drove in another run when he was hit by a pitch. Anthony Donatella, USD’s starting pitcher, went 5.2 innings to pick up the win. Travis Kuhn, USD’s fifth pitcher of the day, pitched the ninth inning for his third save of the season.

USD’s record is now 22-14 overall, 7-8 in WCC.  

Next Games: USD at Cal Baptist, Tuesday, 6 p.m., Riverside; USD hosts Portland, Thursday-Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m., 6 p.m., 1 p.m.

Softball

It was a triple tough weekend of West Coast Conference softball for USD in Los Angeles. The Toreros were shutout in a doubleheader at Loyola Marymount on April 13, 2-0 and 8-0, and then suffered a 4-3 decision on Sunday to get swept by the Lions.

USD’s offense had four hits in Saturday’s opener and mustered five in a five-inning game in the second game of the day, but just couldn’t get anything going. LMU’s Andrea Gonzalez homered and had an RBI double to account for all the scoring in Game 1. In the second game, a three-hit game for USD’s Taylor Spence went for naught. LMU scored four runs in the first, solo runs in the second and third innings and two in the fourth.

On Sunday, USD’s offense showed signs of life in the early going as Kelli Kufta homered in the second inning and Sophia Bjerk’s RBI double and Lindsay Clare’s RBI single in the third inning gave USD a 3-0 lead. Delaney Heller pitched into the seventh inning, facing three batters, but was relieved by Madison Earnshaw. LMU put the finishing touches on the sweep by scoring all four of its runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

USD’s record fell to 19-21 overall and 3-3 in the WCC.

Next Games: USD at BYU, April 26 (doubleheader), 4 and 6 p.m.; April 27, noon, Provo, Utah.

Women's Track

Cammy Manes set a USD school record time in the 800 meters to win the event in 2 minutes, 13.61 seconds at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational meet April 13 in La Jolla.

Teammates Sera Parvin and Molly Klein also had top-5 finishes in the 800. Parvin was fourth in 2:16.31 and Klein was fifth in 2:16.96. Parvin's time was a personal best and is the fifth-fastest in program history. Klein's time was her best this season.

Four Torero runners competed in the 3,000-meter run: Hannah Rasmussen finished third in 10:00.57, Cassidy Kuhn was sixth in 10:20.90, Zani Moore was seventh in 10:25.19 and Klein was eighth in 10:29.03. Moore and Klein's marks were personal best times.

Other performances for USD were Kate Koehler finishing sixth in the 400 with a time of 59.58 seconds; and Koehler, Jessica Ong, Parvin and Manes notched the second-fastest 4x400 relay time in program history at 4:02.95.

Next Meet: USD runners at Azusa Pacific University's Bryan Clay Invitational, Thursday-Friday, Azusa, Calif; USD runners at Mt. SAC Invite, Thursday, at El Camino College in Torrance.

Golf

The USD men's golf team has had a bit of a layoff since its last tournament action. The team last played a three-round tournament the last weekend of March at Stanford. This coming weekend, April 19 and 20, the Toreros will play in the BYU-hosted Cougar Classic at Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah. It will be the final tournament before USD competes in the Pacific-hosted West Coast Conference Championship Tournament April 25-27 at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton, Calif. 

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David Norfeldt's singles win in a USD men's tennis match against Pepperdine clinched a 4-2 team win on April 14.David Norfeldt's singles win in a USD men's tennis match against Pepperdine clinched a 4-2 team win on April 14.

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