Men's Tennis Stays Hot, Beats Gonzaga 6-1
The LMU men's tennis team won its third straight match and fourth straight conference match on Saturday when they defeated Gonzaga 6-1 at the LMU Tennis Center.
April 5, 2014
Los Angeles, Calif. - The LMU men's tennis team won its third straight match and fourth straight conference match on Saturday when they defeated Gonzaga 6-1 at the LMU Tennis Center. With the win, LMU improves to 13-6 overall and 4-2 in West Coast Conference play. The visiting Bulldogs drop to 9-10 and 0-6 in the WCC.
In the doubles round, the point would be decided on the final court to finish. Both Courts 1 and 3 finished at nearly the same time, with LMU taking the match on Court 1 while Gonzaga won on Court 3. Recently named WCC Doubles Team of the Week, Sebastian Bustamante and Todd Volmari continued their dominant play Saturday when they cruised to an 8-2 win on the top court. The top duo for the Lions is now 13-2 this season. With the doubles point on the line, LMU's Daniel Simko and Luke Bohuslav edged out their opponents for an 8-3 win on Court 2 to give the Lions a 1-0 team lead heading into singles.
The Lions built on their momentum heading into singles with a fast 6-0, 6-0 win on Court 6, where LMU's Daniel Simko earned the double bagel sweep of his opponent. Next to finish was David Doehring who handled his opponent 6-3, 6-1 on Court 2. This would give the Lions a 3-0 team lead, needing only one more match to earn the victory. Clinching it for LMU this time was Cristobal Rivera, who won 6-2, 6-3 on Court 5. With the victory, Rivera improves to 13-5 in singles and extends his winning streak to an astounding nine matches. His streak is the longest of any Lion this season and his 13 wins are a team high.
Once the Lions took a 4-0 lead and clinched the team win, Gonzaga's Jack Schoebel made an impressive come back on Court 4 to give the Bulldogs' their first point. After dropping the first set to Bustamante, Schoebel battled back to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-0. On Court 1, LMU's Todd Volmari and Gonzaga's Nick Kamisar were in a brutally close match. Volmari entered the match with an 11-3 singles record after a month of stellar play on Court 2. The junior from Canberra, Australia was moved up in the lineup to the top court for Saturday's match, where he would not disappoint. Kamisar came out strong and won the first set before Volmari answered by taking the second set. With the team win already clinched, the two would enter a third set tiebreaker to 10 points, where Volmari rode his overpowering serve to a 10-3 win. The victory gives Volmari his first win of the season on the Court 1 and improves his singles record to 12-3. The final match to finish was Court 3, where LMU's Felix Van Kann played his first match since February 22. The junior from Frankurt, Germany was 3-2 on Court 3 before getting suffering a foot injury, and returned to play on Saturday. With all three sets extremely tight, Van Kann was able to edge out his opponent 6-4, 6-7, 10-7 to get the final point for LMU.
The Lions will be back in action tomorrow when they host Portland at 11:00 a.m.