Sultan Advances to Quarterfinals; Doubles Teams Qualify at SoCal Intercollegiate

Ziad Sultan (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Ziad Sultan (Photo by Tony Mastres)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara junior Ziad Sultan won two matches in the singles main draw to advance to Friday's quarterfinals at the 57th Annual SoCal Intercollegiate Championships in Los Angeles and both of the Gauchos' doubles tandems qualified for the doubles main draw on the first day of competition.

Sultan began the day against UCSD's Horea Poritiu in the Round of 32, defeating the Triton in straight sets 6-3, 6-0. The junior then went on to defeat Corey Pang of Cal Poly in a three set thriller 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 to move onto the quarterfinals and set up a match against Juan Canales (BYU) on Friday at 10:30 AM.

Junior Tobias Galskov, seeded fourth in the tournament, also won his first match of the day. Galskov rolled past Cal Poly's Gannon Daynes 6-2, 6-1 but later had to withdraw from his Round of 16 match due to an injury.

Galskov was able to play in doubles, partnering up with Corey Karen to defeat APU's Engel/Meyer 8-3 while the pairing of Ziad Sultan and Sasha Gryaznov were victorious against Herekar/Sousa (UCSD) to advance to the 16-team main draw.

Galskov and Karen will face off against the third seeded tandem from BYU, Goryachkov/Sargeant at 1:30 PM on Friday. Sultan and Gryaznov will battle the host school's Stolar/Guzman (UCLA), also at 1:30 PM.

Senior Sasha Gryaznov also played in the singles main draw but dropped his match against UC Irvine's Jonathan Hammel 7-6(4), 6-4. Gryaznov will have an opportunity to play in consolation singles beginning on Friday.

The SoCal Intercollegiate continues Friday beginning at 10:30 AM from the Los Angeles Tennis Center.

57th Annual Southern California Intercollegiate Championships at UCLA

October 31, 2013
UCSB Results

Singles Main Draw – Round of 32

Tobias Galskov (4) (UCSB) def. Gannon Daynes (CP) 6-2, 6-1
Ziad Sultan (UCSB) def. Horea Poritiu (UCSD) 6-3, 6-0
Jonathan Hammel (UCI) def. Sasha Gryaznov (UCSB) 7-6(4), 6-4

Singles Main Draw – Round of 16

Ziad Sultan (UCSB) def. Corey Pang (CP) 7-5, 6-7, 6-4
Joe DiGiulio (UCLA) def. Tobias Galskov (UCSB) Wo (inj)

Doubles Qualifying

Tobias Galskov/Corey Karen (UCSB) def. Pascal Engel/Jan Meyer (APU) 8-3
Ziad Sultan/Sasha Gryaznov (UCSB) def. Rajeev Herekar/Devon Sousa (UCSD) 8-4