Men's Tennis

Lions Fall to No. 31 Santa Clara

Freshman Todd Volmari gained the Lions' only point Saturday in singles.
Freshman Todd Volmari gained the Lions' only point Saturday in singles.

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.



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