Anteaters Beat Banana Slugs to Open Season

Anteaters Beat Banana Slugs to Open Season

IRVINE (10-1) – The Banana Slugs opened their season as they took on NCAA Division I opponent University of California-Irvine in Irvine. The Banana Slugs won two doubles matches but it was not enough as the Anteaters won 7-1.

The Banana Slugs finished the 2015 season with a 6-10 record which ended in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship with a 5-0 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. UC Irvine finished their 2015 season with a 20-13 record which finished in the championship of the Big West Conference Championship as they fell to UC Santa Barbara 4-3.

The Anteaters won all seven singles matches. In the #1 singles match between Sebastian Heim of UC Irvine and Chadwick Stone of UC Santa Cruz, Heim defeated Stone 6-1, 6-1. In the #3 singles match, Luca Marquard of UC Irvine defeated Adrian Siovica of UC Santa Cruz 6-2, 6-4. In the #4 Vatsal Bajpai of the Anteaters defeated James Soper of the Banana Slugs 7-6, 6-3. In the #5 singles match, Antil Patel of UC Irvine defeated Sean Hollister of UC Santa Cruz 6-4, 6-1. In the #6 singles match, Justin Agbayani of UC Irvine defeated Derek Levchenko of UC Santa Cruz 6-4, 6-0. In the #7 singles match, Jonathan Poon of UC Irvine defeated Garrett Deguchi of UC Santa Cruz 7-5, 6-4. The tightest singles match of the day was the #2 singles match between Chad Leduff of the Banana Slugs and Nico Mertens of the Anteaters. Mertens defeated Leduff 6-3, 3-6, (10-6).

The Banana Slugs won two doubles matches and the Anteaters won one. In the #3 doubles match, the team of Levchenko and Stone of UC Santa Cruz defeated the team of Marquard and Patel of UC Irvine 6-4. In the #2 doubles match, the Anteaters' team of Bajpai and Poon defeated the Banana Slugs' team of Hollister and Leduff 6-2. The tightest doubles match was the #1 doubles match between Kyle Richter and Sirovica of UC Santa Cruz and Heim and Mertens of UC Irvine. Richter and Sirovica defeated Heim and Mertens 7-6.
Before are the full results:

#1 Singles        Sebastian Heim (UCI)              def.      Chadwick Stone (UCSC)         6-1, 6-1

#2 Singles        Nico Mertens (UCI)                 def.      Chad Leduff (UCSC)               6-3, 3-6 (10-6)

#3 Singles        Luca Marquard (UCI)              def.      Adrian Sirovica (UCSC)          6-2, 6-4

#4 Singles        Vatsal Bajpai (UCI)                 def.      James Soper (UCSC)               7-6, 6-3

#5 Singles        Anil Patel (UCI)                       def.      Sean Hollister (UCSC)             6-4, 6-1

#6 Singles        Justin Agbayani (UCI)             def.      Derek Levchenko (UCSC)       6-4, 6-0

#7 Singles        Jonathan Poon (UCI)               def.      Garrett Deguchi (UCSC)          7-5, 6-4

#1 Doubles      Richter/Sirovica (UCSC)          def.      Heim/Mertens (UCI)                7-6

#2 Doubles      Bajpai/Poon (UCI)                   def.      Hollister/Leduff (UCSC)          6-2

#3 Doubles      Levchenko/Stone (UCSC)        def.      Marquard/Patel (UCI)              6-4

The next match for the Banana Slugs is Saturday January 16th as they take on Santa Clara University in Santa Clara. The match time is set for 10 am.