Editor's Note: La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club released the following results on Feb. 28, 2013.
One of the beautiful aspects of the sport of tennis is that a match is never over until match point has been won. That was clearly evident in a first-round match on opening day at the 124th Annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
Playing on Court No. 1, unseeded Joe Dorn and Warren Wood of Claremont McKenna-Mudd-Scripps College in Claremont, faced seventh-seeded Brent Davis and Trent Miller, two veteran San Diego tennis teaching professionals.
Using their experience, Davis and Miller captured the first set and quickly jumped out to a 5-0 second-set lead and appeared headed to quick straight set victory as they served for the match.
At that point, Dorn a 20-year-old sophomore from Washington, D.C., and Wood, a 19-year-old sophomore from Del Mar, decided to play to win one game so they would not lose the set at love.
Picking up the intensity of their game and playing more aggressively, Dorn and Wood not only broke serve to stay in the match, they began to hit more freely and eventually forced the second set to a tiebreak. After the CMS duo captured the second set tiebreak, the match would be decided in a match tiebreak.
Dorn and Wood capped a thrilling comeback as they ousted Davis and Miller, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 12-10.
“They came out and played really strong at the beginning. We had a really slow start. I was struggling and at 5-0 I was kind of out of it,” Wood said. “We ended up breaking that game and we kept it rolling through the entire second set. The third-set tiebreaker really could have gone anybody’s way.”
Dorn said being aggressive was the key to their victory. “To beat these guys, we had to match their intensity and pace, so we hit the ball harder and it worked. We came through at the end,” he said.
In other first-round tournament action on Thursday afternoon, Gustavo Gonzalez and Dylan Tozier of Rice University defeated Nick Hoyle and Michael Tang of the University of Southern California, 6-2, 6-3, and Charlie Alvarado and Carlos Di Laura of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, eliminated Alex Johnson and Oliver Seifert of CMS, 4-6, 6-1, 10-4.
The tournament’s top-seeded collegiate team is Campbell Johnson and Christoffer Konigsfeldt of University of California, Berkeley. The top-seeded independent team is KC Corkery, who won the tournament in 2005 and Blake Muller of San Francisco. For the complete list of seeds and draws, click here.
Kelly Jones, a former San Diegan who was the number one ranked doubles player in the world in 1992 after reaching the doubles final at the Australian Open and US Open, will play his first-round match on Friday at 8 a.m.
The 48-year-old Jones is the head men’s tennis coach at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. He will team with Peter Smith, head coach of University of Southern California men’s tennis team. They are seeded fifth and are scheduled to face Kelly Donaldson and Thomas O’Brien of Villanova University in their opening match.
This year’s Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship, which concludes on Sunday, features a draw with 128 doubles teams and includes 19 intercollegiate teams (please see full list below) and independent players such as teaching professionals, junior players, college coaches and former tour players.
The starting time for the final three days of the tournament will be as follows: Friday, March 1 – 8 a.m.; Saturday, March 2 – 9 a.m.; Sunday, March 3 – Semifinals at 9 a.m.; Championship Final will begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. (all times are PST).
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis spectators to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee.
Collegiate teams playing in the 2013 Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship:
- Boston College
- Claremont McKenna-Mudd-Scripps College
- Fresno State University
- Furman University
- Oklahoma State University
- Pepperdine University
- Rice University
- San Diego State University
- Stanford University
- UC Davis
- UC Berkeley
- UC Los Angeles
- UC San Diego
- University of Central Florida
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- University of San Diego
- University of Southern California
- University of Toledo
- Villanova University