MORAGA, Calif. - The Santa Clara men's tennis team concluded its first day at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Northwest Regional Championships today. John Lamble, Ilya Osintsev and Sam Bertram began competing in the tournament, which marks the team's final action of the fall season. The tournament will run from Oct. 18-22 in Moraga, Calif.
Lamble received the No. 3 seed in the tournament and advanced into the second round with a bye. He faced Sacramento State's Tom Miller and picked up a straight-set win. Lamble came out firing and picked up the first set 6-1, and won the second set 6-4.
Osintsev took on Gonzaga's Hayden Smith in the first round and fought hard to pull out the victory. The junior, who secured the tournament's 17th seed, topped his Bulldog opponent in three sets 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. After the grueling match, Osintsev went up against Yezan Dayeh of USF but retired in the first set due to injury.
Bertram kicked off his second tournament as a Bronco in strong fashion. The Australian native rolled over Portland State's Nate Chart 6-1, 6-2 and advanced to the second round. Bertram drew a talented player in Cal's Campbell Johnson, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, and fell 6-1, 6-0.
In doubles, Lamble and Bertram will team up tomorrow as the second-seeded team. They received a bye into the second round of the men's doubles draw.
Ashot Khacharyan, a current sophomore who went 14-2 last season, was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injury and did not participate.