Men's Tennis Wins 4-3 Thriller over No. 71 Yale
Lions get strong start from doubles play and hang on for hard-fought win.
March 10, 2004
Carson, Calif. - Loyola Marymount men's tennis posted its second straight comeback victory behind strong doubles play Wednesday. The Lions defeated No. 71 Yale 4-3 at the Home Depot Center.
Looking solid as a team in doubles again, the first Lions off the court were Nico Terrien and Ashton Politanoff with an 8-3 win at #3 doubles. The freshmen now move to 9-0 on the season at No. 3 doubles.
Freshman Matt Phillips and sophomore Mike Wojnarowicz secured the doubles point for LMU shortly after with an 8-5 win at the No. 2 spot.
Despite taking the 1-0 lead, the Lions next lost two battles with No. 71 Yale, dropping straight sets at No. 1 and No. 3 singles. After Phillips fell in a hard-fought three set battle at No. 5 the Lions had fallen behind 1-3.
Junior Beau Berglund had lost one set and was down a break in the second set, and the matched seemed out of reach for the young Lions' squad. But, in similar fashion to last week's comeback over UCSD, Berglund clawed his way back into the match with a 6-4 second set win. He went on to close out the match 6-3 in the third.
As a result, the match came down to No. 6 singles. Freshman Michael Thomsen, playing in only his second collegiate match, won the first set in a tiebreak, but then fell 6-3 in the second. Fortunately for the Lions, Thomsen played well under intense pressure and closed out the deciding match 6-2 in the third set.
"I was really proud of the way we competed today," Head Coach Nik DeVore said. "I really think that the come from behind win we had over UCSD last week served us well today. Our guys now know that they can come back from virtually any deficit and gut-out a win."
The Lions will host the University of Denver on March 18. Play is scheduled to begin at 1:30.
VS. NO. 71 YALE