November 3, 2006

Philip Therp Upsets Top-Seed at 50th Southern California Intercollegiate Tennis Championships, Three Gauchos Move into Quarterfinals

Nov. 3, 2006

LOS ANGELES - UC Santa Barbara freshman Philip Therp upset top-seeded Adam Holmstrom of Denver, to lead a trio of Gauchos into the quarterfinals of the 50th Annual Southern California Intercollegiate Championships at the Los Angeles Tennis Club on Thursday.

Therp posted an impressive 6-1, 6-3 victory over Holmstrom, who was not only seeded No. 1 in the tournament but has already defeated the seventh and eighth ranked players in the nation this fall and qualified for the NCAA Tournament as a freshman. A native of Birkeroed, Denmark, Therp also swept past UC San Diego's Kazumi Negishi in the first round of the tournament.

"This was a great win for Philip," said UCSB head coach Marty Davis. "Holmstrom couildn't keep up with his pace from the baseline."

Therp is joined in the quarterfinals by a pair of UCSB teammates, sophomore Bijan Hejazi and junior Jack Hui.

Hejazi, the fourth seed in the tournament, recorded a 6-4, 6-3 first round victory over Denver's Ravjot Dhatt and a 7-6, 4-6, 7-5 second round win over David Goodman of Azusa Pacific. Hui, the fifth seed, eased past Pepperdine's Troy Aiken in the first round, 6-2, 6-0, and then swept Loyola Marymount's Reyniere Roxas in the second round, 6-4, 6-4.

The quarterfinal round of the tournament is comprised of three players from UCSB, three from UCLA, one from Pepperdine and one from UC Riverside. Past tournament winners include legends Arthur Ashe and Stan Smith.

"Hopefully," Davis said, "we'll be adding the name of a UCSB player to that list."

Therp will play UCLA's Mike Look on Friday, Hejazi will play UCLA's Jeremy Drean and Hui will take-on Pepperdine's Richard Johnson.

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