Lions Come Back to Beat Army 4-3, Win Fourth Straight
After dropping the doubles point and falling behind in singles, the LMU men's tennis team came roaring back to defeat the Army Black Knights 4-3 Wednesday afternoon at the LMU Tennis Center.
March 19, 2014
Los Angeles, Calif. -- After dropping the doubles point and falling behind in singles, the LMU men's tennis team came roaring back to defeat the Army Black Knights 4-3 Wednesday afternoon at the LMU Tennis Center. The win makes it four in a row for the Lions, who improved to 8-5 on the season, while Army drops to 8-4.
The doubles round would go down to the wire with the final two courts to finish both reaching tiebreakers. Army took an early advantage with an 8-3 win on Court 3, sending the attention to the top two courts. Both Courts 1 and 2 were progressing at the same pace with LMU and Army going back and forth on every point. With both courts tied at 7-7, a tiebreaker would be needed to determine a winner. From there, both tiebreaker games were tied 7-7 as well. Army would pull away on Court 2 to take the match 8-7 (9-7) and clinch the doubles point for the Black Knights. Although no longer affecting the team score, LMU's Sebastian Bustamante and Todd Volmari would edge out their opponents 8-7 (10-8) on Court 1. The top pairing for the Lions is now 9-2 this season.
With the Black Knights taking a 1-0 team lead into singles play, junior Todd Volmari was quick to put the Lions on the scoreboard. Volmari continued his spectacular start to the season when he defeated Grant Riechmann of Army 6-1, 6-2 in the first match to finish. Volmari improved his individual singles record to 8-2 on the season with his win on Wednesday. The next two courts to finish were Courts 5 and 6, where Army would edge out LMU to take a 3-1 team lead. Soon after that, LMU's David Doehring got a huge win on the top court when he defeated Asika Isoh 7-5, 6-3. On Court 4, Cristobal Rivera was able to hang on and beat his opponent 6-4, 6-4. This would bring the team score to 3-3, with Court 3 being the deciding match. LMU's Bustamante dropped the first set but would overcome the setback to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 and clinch the team win for the Lions.
The next match for LMU will be Saturday, March 22 when they host USF at 11:00a.m.