Five Pairs of Wildcats Compete at Pacific Coast Doubles Championship
March 1, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Villanova began its Spring Break trip by competing in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championship on Friday at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. Junior Ryan Peyton (Newport Beach, Calif.) and freshman Chris Seitz (Pennington, N.J.) won their first round match, as did sophomores Tim Abbracciamento (Robbinsville, N.J.) and Michael Rosengren (Sharon, Mass.).
There were 128 doubles teams competing in the first round of the championships on Friday morning. Peyton and Seitz won in straight sets against Roberto Malinow and Steven J. Shabel, posting a 7-6 (5), 6-0 victory. In the second round the Wildcats were matched up with Brett A. Bacharach and George M. Horowitz from UC Davis and were dealt a 6-0, 7-5 loss.
Abbracciamento and Rosengren went to three sets and a tiebreaker in the opening round before securing a win against Keegan J. Smith and Corey Smith. The final scores in the match were 6-2, 6-7, 7-6 (4), 10-2 with Villanova coming out on top. Abbracciamento and Rosengren came up against the No. 9 seed in the draw in the second round and lost (6-3, 6-3) to Leif Berger and Jonathan Chang.
The three Wildcats doubles teams that lost in the opening round of play all faced seeded opponents. Senior Kyle Grandin (Round Rock, Texas) and sophomore Mark Miller (Englewood, Colo.) faced No. 2 seed Philipp Gruendler and Kris Kwinta and were defeated by set scores of 6-1 and 6-1.
Junior Matt Colonnese (Marietta, Ga.) and freshman Max Levine (Lubbock, Texas) were defeated by the No. 3 seed UCLA pair of Marcos Giron and Dennis Novikov, 6-0 and 6-0. Sophomore Kelly Donaldson (Broomfield, Colo.) and junior Thomas O'Brien (Guilford, Conn.) lost a 6-1, 6-3 decision to No. 5 seed Kelly Jones and Peter L. Smith.
Villanova continues its trip with a dual match against Point Loma Nazarene on Saturday afternoon.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
No. 2 Seed Philipp Gruendler/Kris Kwinta defeated Kyle Grandin/Mark Miller (Villanova) 6-1, 6-1
Brett A. Bacharach/George M. Horowitz (UC Davis) defeated Ryan Peyton/Chris Seitz (Villanova) 6-0, 7-5
Consolation First Round
Alex M. Lane/Nikolas E. Marino (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) defeated Kelly Donaldson/Thomas O'Brien (Villanova) 6-2, 6-0