Names: Uros Petronijevic, Filip Vittek, Jordan Angus, Romain Kalaydjian
Countries: Serbia, Slovakia, United Kingdom, France
Majors: Communication, Business Administration and Management
Languages: Serbian, Slovak, English, French
The No. 22 University of San Diego men’s tennis team (20-4, 9-0 WCC) swept this year’s postseason awards in all categories. The West Coast Conference recognized head coach Brett Masi, Uros Petronijevic, Filip Vittek, Jordan Angus, and Romain Kalaydjian, which was announced on Tuesday afternoon.
From left to right: Uros Petronijevic, Filip Vittek, Jordan Angus, and Romain Kalaydjian
After leading the Toreros to an undefeated conference record for back-to-back seasons, Masi was named Coach of the Year for the second time in his career (previous, 2011). Junior Uros Petronijevic earned conference Player of the Year for the first time in his collegiate tenure as well, while also capturing a spot on the All-WCC Singles First Team with teammate Filip Vittek. Additionally, Vittek and partner Jordan Angus were named to the All-WCC Doubles First Team. Angus, a junior, picked up two accolades as well — achieving an All-WCC Singles Second Team spot in his first year as a Torero. Junior Romain Kalaydjian also grabbed an award, receiving an Honorable Mention selection for singles.
Masi has clearly left his mark on the Torero program in only his sixth season. Not only has he led the Toreros to four-straight NCAA second round appearances, Masi is the first-ever coach to hold the longest-running undefeated record against conference play at 20-0. Masi also claims the highest winning percentage in program history at .833 (previous, .818 1980). This season, Masi and the squad captured the West Coast Conference regular season title, only allowing five points versus conference play.
Petronijevic, the Toreros’ No. 1 singles player, is currentlyranked No. 52 inthe nation. The Serbian currently rides a six-match winning streak in singles, while boasting an overall record of 20-10 and dual season record of 12-5. Petronijevic has filled very big shoes after Clarke Spinosa’s departure defeating seven nationally-ranked opponents in the 2014-15 season (No. 18 Denis Nguyen of Harvard, No. 45 Gage Brymer of UCLA, No. 29 Harrison Adams of Texas A&M, No. 6 Yannick Hanfmann of USC, No. 93 Henry Craig of Denver, No. 42 Alen Salibasic of Drake, and No. 105 Freddy Gelbrich of San Diego State). Posting a 3-1 mark against league opponents, Petronijevic is only the second player in USD history to receive the prestigious Player of the Year award (previous, Dean Jackson 2011).
77th-ranked Vittek, who has played primarily at the No. 2 spot, is 5-1 in conference play and has moved up significantly in singles since his freshman year — previously receiving Honorable Mention selection recognition in 2014. With an overall record of 23-7, Vittek holds the team’s most singles victories, while most notably defeating 38th-ranked Ben Lott of Drake and No. 37 Quentin Monaghan of Notre Dame earlier this season. The Slovakia native received three West Coast Conference Player of the Week honors for singles, the most in conference this season. However, Vittek is no stranger to doubles success. The sophomore claims a spot on the All-WCC Doubles First Team for the second year in a row. Teamed up with Angus, the 45th-ranked pair have helped claim 18 of the Toreros’ 24 doubles points this season. The talented duo have only dropped one match against league opponents at 7-1 and have defeated squads such as No. 6 Sasha Gozun and Roberto Cid of South Florida and No. 56 Thomas Colautti and Zack McCourt of Princeton. The pair has been ranked as high as No. 28 by the ITA national rankings (September 8, 2014).
Transferring from one of the top Division I tennis programs in the country, Angus begins to wrap up his first-year as a Torero on a high note. All-WCC Singles Second Teams comes well earned as the Englishman posts the team-best conference record at 8-0. Playing primarily at the No. 3 spot, Angus boasts an overall record of 20-8, whiling winning eight of his last nine matches. Angus also received West Coast Conference Player of the Week previously this season (April 1, 2015).
Wrapping up the singles awards was Kalaydjian. Kalaydjian has undoubtedly been a significant asset to the Torero squad and is known for his down-to-the-wire clutch victories. The junior has won five singles matches in a row and posts a 6-1 record versus league opponents.
The Toreros, who received the top seed at the West Coast Conference Championships for the second year in a row, received a bye for the first round of the tournament beginning this week (April 22-25, 2015) at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif. The squad will prep for their first match in the quarterfinals scheduled for this Thursday, April 23rd, at 12:00 p.m. — PT.
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