Sophomore Samir Banerjee showcased a dominant run on the ITA Northwest Tremendous Regionals this weekend, ending because the runner-up and securing a spot on the ITA Fall Nationwide Championships.
Within the house season opener, Banerjee secured straight set victories over gamers from Gonzaga, Pacific, Santa Clara and Sacramento State. Within the opening two rounds, Banerjee defeated Matthew Hollingwort (Gonzaga) 6-3, 6-2 and Tiago Silva 6-2, 6-1. He then adopted these two victories with a ranked win over Christian Lerby (Santa Clara), who was beforehand ranked ninth within the ITA Northwest regional rankings and presently sits at 84 on the ITA preseason rankings.
Within the semi-finals, Banerjee defeated Jan Silva from Sacramento State 7-6 (3), 6-0. He battled top-seeded No. 104 Quinn Vandecasteele of Oregon within the closing however fell 6-3, 6-4. Ending the weekend 4-1, the 2023 Pac-12 Rookie of the 12 months leads the staff with 5 singles victories up to now this fall.
Banerjee additionally reached the semi-finals in doubles with senior Aryan Chaudhary. The duo defeated Portland and Sacramento State with scores of 8-5 and 8-6, respectively. Nevertheless, they misplaced their semi-final conflict with College of the Pacific duo Peter Alam and Justas Trainauskas 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10).
Becoming a member of the 2 on the match had been graduate scholar Neel Rajesh, junior Anders Matta and freshmen Hudson Rivera and Kyle Kang. Rajesh gained in his opening match in opposition to Nicolas Ocana 6-4, 6-1, however misplaced in a tightly-contested match in opposition to Lerby (Santa Clara) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. Rivera additionally had a powerful show in his collegiate debut, tallying two ranked wins over Washington’s Dzianis Zharyn and Gonzaga’s Sasha Trkulja on his approach to the semi-finals, earlier than falling to Vadecasteele 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Kang misplaced his opening match, however completed the match with two wins.
Banerjee will seem subsequent on the ITA Fall Nationwide Championships in San Diego, which is scheduled to happen from Nov. 1-5.