#68 Lions Drop Home Match to UC Irvine
LMU won the doubles point, but dropped the match to UC Irvine.
With LMU men’s tennis singles players competing at a spot higher on Monday afternoon, #68 LMU (9-7) dropped a hard-fought match to UC Irvine (14-6) from the LMU Tennis Center. Charles Boyce, who normally plays at #1 singles, was unable to play on Monday, but he did compete in doubles.
The loss snapped a four-match win streak for LMU.
With the normal pairings competing in doubles, LMU won the point by way of victories on courts one and two. Boyce and Cristobal Rivera defeated Sebastian Heim and Nico Mertens, 6-4, before Joat Farah and Errol Smith topped Jonathan Poon and Justin Abgayani, 6-4, on the top court.
Irvine’s depth in singles play proved to be the difference, as the Anteaters beat the Lions in straight sets on four of the six courts. LMU’s lone singles victory came on court five where Luke Bohuslav defeated Jonathan Hammel, 7-5, 6-1.
Luka Marquard provided the clinching point for UCI, topping Farah, 7-5, 6-4 on court three. Rivera proved capable of holding his own at the #1 spot in the order, forcing three sets against #78 Heim, but his match ultimately went unfinished.
LMU will return to West Coast Conference play this week, hosting Gonzaga and Portland. The match against the Bulldogs is scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m.
UC Irvine vs LMU (Apr 04, 2016)
UC Irvine 4, #68 LMU 2
Apr 04, 2016 at Los Angeles, Calif. (LMU Tennis Center)
1. Cristobal Rivera (LMU) vs. #78 Sebastian Heim (UCI) 2-6, 6-2, 2-4, unfinished
2. Nico Mertens (UCI) def. Errol Smith (LMU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Luka Marquard (UCI) def. Joat Farah (LMU) 7-5, 6-4
4. Tyler Pham (UCI) def. Lukas Moenter (LMU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Luke Bohuslav (LMU) def. Jonathan Hammel (UCI) 7-5, 6-1
6. Vatsal Bajpai (UCI) def. Alex Bourgeois (LMU) 6-3, 6-3
1. Joat Farah/Errol Smith (LMU) def. Jonathan Poon/Justin Agbayani (UCI) 6-4
2. Charles Boyce/Cristobal Rivera (LMU) def. Sebastian Heim/Nico Mertens (UCI) 6-4
3. Lukas Moenter/Luke Bohuslav (LMU) vs. Luka Marquard/Caryl Hernandez (UCI) 5-5, unfinished
UC Irvine 14-6
LMU 9-7; National ranking #68
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,4,5,6,3)
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