Doubles the Difference vs. #72 Utah
Lions drop 4-3 heartbreaker in San Diego.
March 15, 2005
San Diego, Calif. - Sophomores Matt Phillips and Linas Cicenas posted comeback victories in singles against 72nd-ranked Utah in San Diego to keep the Lions close Monday afternoon. But the Utes had claimed the doubles point earlier in the match, and that proved to difference as the Lions fell 4-3.
LMU, who had entered the match winning the five straight match doubles points, dropped Monday's double point to begin the match. That would prove to be the difference in the match, as the Utes won the 4-3 battle.
Things continued to get rough for the Lions, who dropped the first set in four of the six singles matches. Nico Terrien was the first Lion off the court after a straight set loss at No. 3 to make the score 2-0 in favor of Utah.
But LMU launched a rally to keep things close. Mike Chan, who lost the first set 6-2 at the No. 6 spot, fought back to win the second set 7-5. He ended up falling 6-4 in the third to make it a 3-0 match.
Phillips put the Lions on the scoreboard with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 come-from-behind victory at the fourth spot. He was followed by Cicenas, who did the same at No. 5 with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 victory to make the match score 3-2.
The match then came down to the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, where Mike Wojnarowicz and Beau Berglund were locked in third set battles. Berglund fought hard, but ended up falling 7-5 in the third set to give the Utes the match. Shortly after, Wojnarowicz closed out Utah's Tomasz Grzyb at No. 1 singles 7-5 in the third set to make the final score 4-3.
needed that doubles point today," LMU Head Coach Nik DeVore said, "but were just out played at No. 1 and No. 3. It's certainly frustrating to lose another 4-3 match to a ranked opponent, but we have to look at the positives. This match could have gone either way, so we aren't far off from where we need to be. Most of our guys fought really hard today and gained some much needed confidence in their games. Hopefully, that will pay off later this week when we face Georgia Southern, Miami and Princeton."
The Lions return to the LMU Tennis Center on Wednesday to host Georgia Southern at 1:30 p.m, and will remain at home for matches on Thursday (Miami), and Saturday (Princeton).
#72 UTAH 4, LMU 3