Lions Upset No. 53 Santa Clara with 4-0 Sweep
The LMU men's tennis team defeated No. 53 Santa Clara 4-0 on Monday afternoon at the LMU Tennis Center to improve to 2-2 in WCC play and 10-5 overall.
March 24, 2014
Los Angeles, Calif. - The LMU men's tennis team defeated No. 53 Santa Clara 4-0 on Monday afternoon at the LMU Tennis Center to improve to 2-2 in WCC play and 10-5 overall. With the loss, Santa Clara drops to 10-3 on the season and 2-1 in conference play.
It was a big day for the Lions Monday at the LMU Tennis Center. The team earned their sixth consecutive win as they concluded a six-match home stand. Over those six matches, the Lions went undefeated, with the most recent two counting as conference victories. The two wins matches the total number of conference victories the 2013 squad had. Monday's match also marks the first time the Lions have defeated the Broncos since 2009.
The start time of the match was delayed an hour due to some confusion amongst the officials. This combined with the fact that both teams play another match tomorrow caused the coaches to choose to end the match upon a clinch. This caused one doubles match and three singles matches to go unfinished, with LMU winning every completed match.
It started out in doubles play, where the Lions were dominant early. First to finish was Court 2, where Luke Bohuslav and Daniel Simko defeated their opponents 8-2. David Doehring and Cristobal Rivera clinched the doubles point for the Lions when they won 8-3. The Lions held a lead on Court 1 before it would go unfinished when the doubles point was clinched.
Singles started off with a nice Daniel Simko win on Court 6. Simko moved into the lineup Monday when Othar Kordsachia was scratched from the lineup due to a preexisting injury. The senior from Geelong, Australia defeated his opponent 6-2, 6-1 to give the Lions a 2-0 team lead. Shortly after, Cristobal Rivera defeated his opponent 6-1, 6-3 on Court 4 to give the Lions a 3-0 team lead. With the win, Rivera improved his singles record to 10-5 and an undefeated 7-0 mark on the fourth court. And then for the third straight match, it was Sebastian Bustamante who would be the clincher for LMU when he won 6-2, 6-4 on Court 3. At that point, the remaining three courts went unfinished.
The Lions will get back at it tomorrow when they travel to Westwood to face No. 3 UCLA.