VENTURA - UC Santa Cruz opened their competition at the 117th Ojai Tennis Tournament with singles and doubles bracket play.
Four of the five Banana Slugs who played in singles advanced out of the first round. Chad Stone, Chad Le Duff, Alexander Flora and Sean Hollister all won their early games, with only Ryan Dugan falling to top seed Nikolai Parodi of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Derek Levchenko withdrew from his match.
In the round of 16, Flora retired with cramps in the third set against Biola's Phillip Westwood. Chad Stone fell to Redlands' Parker Wilson in a close 7-6, 6-3 match. Hollister fell to Whitman's Zachary Hewlin in another close 6-3, 7-5 match. Le Duff advanced over Chase Lipscomb of Redlands 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
In doubles, both duos advanced. Hollister and Le Duff upset second-seeded Oscar Wight and Clark Wininger of Pacific 8-3. The team of Dugan and Stone dispatched Trevor Brown and Isa Kibira of Occidental 8-4.
The quarterfinals start Saturday morning at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club.
Round of 32
|Chad Le Duff def. Andrew You (Whittier)||7-5; 6-1|
|Sean Hollister def. Joshua Sarsfield (Chapman)||6-2; 6-2|
|Chad Stone def. Ruthwick Pathireddy (CalTech)||6-2; 7-6|
|AJ Flora def. Mauricio Mosquera (Hope Int)||6-3; 6-4|
|Nikolai Parodi (CMS) def. Ryan Dugan||6-4; 6-3|
|Luke Barnard (Westmont) def. Derek Levchenko||w/o|
Round of 16
|Chad LeDuff def. Chase Lipscomb(Redlands)||6-4; 4-6; 6-3|
|Zachary Hewlin (Whitman) def. Sean Hollister||6-3; 7-5|
|Parker Wilson (Redlands) def. Chad Stone||7-6; 6-3|
|Philip Westwood (Biola) def. AJ Flora
||7-5; 4-6; 1-0 Ret|
Round of 16
Hollister/LeDuff def. Wight/Wininger (Pac.) 8-3
Dugan/Stone def. Brown/Kibira (Oxy) 8-4