Lions Fall to No. 31 Santa Clara
LMU competitve with the ranked Broncos, but unable to close out matches.
March 31, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- LMU Men's Tennis competed well with the 31st-ranked Santa Clara, but were unable to get results from its effort as the Broncos defeated the Lions, 6-1. LMU (8-9, 1-2 WCC) won one singles match and one of the three doubles matches, but fell to No. 31 Santa Clara (15-3, 2-0 WCC).
"I don't think we played great (against) good opposition in Santa Clara today," head coach Brad Sceney commented post-match. "There are a lot of things we can work on, and do better."
The doubles round started with a victory by Ilya Osintev and John Lamble in #1 doubles over Nicholas Bjerke and Sebastian Bustamante, 8-3. The Broncos clinched the point at court three as Eugene Muchynski and Nicolas Vinel were victorious against the Lions' Todd Volmari and Daniel Simko, 8-5. LMU picked up a win after the point was decided as Alex Wilton and Felix Van Kann defeated Kyle Dandan and Tom Pham, 8-6.
Todd Volmari tied the score on the match with a 6-4, 6-2 win in #3 singles. Nicholas Bjere fell to John Lamble on court two 6-1, 6-3 giving the Broncos the advantage. Tom Pham put Santa Clara on the verge on a victory with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Felix Van Kann. Kyle Dandan won the match with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Alex Wilton in #1 singles in a well-fought match. Tom Price fell to Eugene Muchynski 6-4, 6-4 on court six. In the final contest, Nick Northcott fought back after losing the first set 6-0, taking Ilya Osintsev to a third set tiebreaker, but losing 6-0, 5-7, 7-6 (2).
"We have some stuff to work on, if we keep working at it we can get better," said Sceney.
The Lions will look to bounce back next Thursday, Apr. 5 as non-conference opponent, UC Irvine, comes to the LMU Tennis Center at 1:30 p.m.