Men's Tennis Wins Third Straight WCC Match
Traveling to BYU for a match is never an easy task, but the LMU men's tennis team was able to pull off a big conference win over the Cougars on Friday.
March 28, 2014
Provo, Utah - Traveling to BYU for a match is never an easy task, but the LMU men's tennis team was able to pull off a big conference win over the Cougars on Friday. The 4-2 win over BYU gives LMU their third consecutive conference victory as the team improves to 11-6 overall and 3-2 in WCC play.
After a 4-0 setback to No. 5 UCLA that snapped the Lions big six-match winning streak on Tuesday, LMU was able to get back on the winning side of things Friday when they defeated BYU, making it seven wins over their last eight matches. The Lions' conference schedule started with Pepperdine and San Diego, the two most consistent teams in the WCC. After dropping matches to both ranked teams, the Lions have since gone undefeated in WCC play, including an upset win over then No. 53 Santa Clara.
The Lions started out the match strong with their play in doubles. First to finish was Court 1, where the Lions' top pair of Sebastian Bustamante and Todd Volmari continued their excellent play. The two defeated their opponents 8-5 to improve their record to 11-2 on the season in doubles. Next to finish was Court 3, where LMU's David Doehring and Cristobal Rivera would clinch the doubles point for the Lions with an 8-5 victory over their opponents. The Cougars would win the match on Court 2, but it would be inconsequential to the doubles point.
In singles play, the Lions kept their momentum up with a quick win on Court 6. After Othar Kordsachia was scratched from the lineup due to injury, Daniel Simko moved into the six slot and defeated his opponent 6-2, 6-2. Simko is now 5-2 in singles on Court 6 for LMU this season. The second singles win came from Cristobal Rivera, who has been on a recent tear. The sophomore from Santa Monica defeated his opponent 6-3, 6-4 on Court 4 to improve his singles record to 11-5 overall and an astounding 8-0 record on the fourth court. The win also extends Rivera's singles winning streak to a team-high seven straight matches. His eleven singles wins are also a team-high for LMU with Bustamante and Volmari close behind at 10 apiece. After BYU would take the matches on Courts 1 and 5, the Lions were up 3-2 with two courts remaining. On Court 2, Todd Volmari came out strong to win the first set. However, Andrey Goryachkov of BYU would jump out to a lead in the second set. But with the team's fate in his hands, Volmari came back to win the second set and clinch the team win for the Lions with a 6-3, 7-5 win. The final court would finish play, where LMU's Sebastian Bustamante would come from a set down to win the second set and the tiebreaker set, giving the Lions their fifth and final point. With the victory, Bustamante improves his individual singles record to an impressive 10-3 mark.
LMU will stay in Utah for another match when they take on Weber St. on Saturday at 10:00a.m.