Event: International Tennis Association Regionals
Where: Hellman Tennis Complex – Berkeley, Calif.
When: Friday through Tuesday; all day
Who to watch: At the Bulldog Classic in Fresno, Calif., the duo of seniors Nic Amaroli and Tyler Lee captured the Flight B doubles title with an 8-5 win over the pair of Brian McPhee and Robert Zacks from Cal Poly.
The win capped off a 4-0 weekend for Amaroli and Lee in their first tournament of the fall.
Did you know? The 2009 version of the Aggies are made up of three seniors, one junior, three sophomores and five freshmen. Lee’s twin brother, Hunter, rounds out the senior class.
Preview: The ITA Regionals mark the second tournament of the fall for the Aggies, the first coming at the Bulldog Classic.
On the first day in Fresno, sophomore Chris Aria and junior Nick Lopez each picked up singles wins.
Lopez, who was competing in the Flight A singles bracket, was victorious over Jose Izquierdo of Oregon by a score of 6-1, 6-3. In the round of 16, Lopez fell 6-2, 7-6 (4) in a close contest against UC Santa Barbara’s Benjamin Recknagel.
On the second day of play, both Amaroli and freshman Connor Coates advanced to the final of the Flight C consolation draw.
Coates had to defeat teammate Jack Horowitz 6-4, 6-1 in semifinal play to advance to the final.
Amaroli and Tyler Lee capped off the weekend for the Aggies with their doubles title.
UC Davis participated in the last year’s edition of the ITA Regionals, with Hunter Lee turning in a strong performance. On the final day of match play, Lee advanced to the quarterfinals of the consolation draw after defeating opponents from St. Mary’s and Portland State.
– Max Rosenblum