MALIBU, Calif. - The run for Columbia's Victor Pham came to a close today at the Oracle ITA Masters, as the junior claimed runner-up status at the event.
Pham fought to a tiebreak in the second set against USC's Brandon Holt, but was unable to find his groove, falling 6-3, 7-6 (2). The impressive run for the Saratoga, California, native gives Columbia the runner-up the past two seasons at the prestigious tournament.
In the round of 32 on Thursday, Pham was a straight-set winner against Christofer Goncalves from New Mexico State, 7-5, 7-6. The No. 14 seed then played the No. 5 seed, Elon's Felipe Sarrasgue, in the first of two matches on Friday. Pham made quick work of Sarrasgue, 6-4, 6-0, helping him to save energy for the second match of the day against the No. 4 seed, Michael Geerts from Arizona State. Although Geerts has been ranked in the top 400 of the ATP, Pham again was too strong, advancing to the semifinal round with a 7-6 (8), 6-4 win.
Things would not get easier for Pham, as a showdown with the No. 3 ranked Petros Chrysochos from Wake Forest came next. Chrysochos fought off Pham in the first set to take it 6-2. Columbia's top player would come back to force a tiebreak and take the second set with a 7-6 win, before posting a 6-0 third set win to advance to the final with the upset-victory.
The No. 38 ranked player in the ITA showed some fight today against the 11th-ranked Holt, before taking the runner-up crown. Pham also made a deep run during the mixed doubles portion of the tournament, reaching the semifinal round with Kristina Mathis from Dartmouth.
At the other big tournament over the weekend, Timothy Wang won the Cordish Draw and William Matheson and Michal Rolski took the Pagoda Doubles draw during the Ivy Plus Tournament, hosted by Princeton.
Wang came away with the Cordish Draw by earning straight set victories over Penn State's Alp Sentay, Tennessee's Preston Touliatos, and Jacob Walker from Brown. In the final match of the draw, Wang dropped the first set before coming away with the final two in a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 win against Buffalo's Villhelm Fridell.
For Matheson and Rolski, victories over doubles teams from South Carolina, Princeton, and Brown gave the upperclassmen from Columbia the Pagoda Doubles title.
No. 73 Jackie Tang also impressed in the Tiger Draw, going 3-1 with his only loss to No. 118 Constant De La Bassetier from Penn State, who ended up winning the draw. Other singles action included Austen Huang going 2-1 in the Lenz Draw, and Jack Lin posting a trio of wins in the Nassau Draw.
FULL WEEKEND RESULTS
No. 38 Victor Pham – 2nd place, Oracle ITA Masters
Christofer Goncalves (New Mexico State), W, 7-5, 7-6 (4)
No. 76 Felipe Sarrasague (Elon), W, 6-4, 6-0
Michael Geerts (Arizona State), W, 7-6 (8), 6-4
No. 3 Petros Chrysochos (Wake Forest), W, 2-6, 7-6, 6-0
No. 11 Brandon Holt (USC), L, 6-3, 7-6 (2)
No. 73 Jackie Tang – Tiger Draw
Nicola Pipoli (Monmouth), W, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5
Adam Walton (Tennessee), W, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
No. 118 Constant De La Bassetier (Penn State), L, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
Lev Kazakov (Cornell), W, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
Timothy Wang – Cordish Draw
Alp Sentay (Penn State), W, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
Preston Touliatos (Tennessee), W, 7-5, 6-2
Jacob Walker (Brown), W, 6-2, 7-5
Villhelm Fridell (Buffalo), W, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
Austen Huang – Lenz Draw
Andrew Heller (Yale), W, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1
Christos Antonopoulos (Penn State), L, 6-4, 6-4
Jacob Hanson (Cornell), W, 6-3, 6-2
Jack Lin – Nassau Draw
Stephen Madonia (Florida), W, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0
No. 94 Dylan King (Yale), L, 6-4, 6-4
Pietro Rimondini (Cornell), W, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
Luca Wiedenmann (Tennessee), W, 6-4, 6-2
Lin/Tang – Orange Doubles
Little/Bendeck (Baylor), W, 8-7
Lakoseljac/De La Bassetier (Penn State), L, 8-5
Andrade/Madonia (Florida), W, 8-4
Matheson/Rolski – Pagoda Doubles
Benton/Mayronne (South Carolina), W, 8-3
Kaiser/Rodriguez (Princeton), W, 8-7
Belga/Patten (Brown), W, 8-7