Lions Get Big Win Over Saint Mary's
LMU men's tennis got a much-needed 5-2 conference win at home Saturday.
April 13, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Everything went well for the Lions at home Saturday as LMU gained its second conference win of the season in a 5-2 decision over Saint Mary’s. A clutch finish in the doubles round led to a fast start and a dominating performance in singles play for LMU. The Lions improve to 4-17 overall and 2-5 in the WCC, while the Gaels drop to 9-12 and 3-4 in conference play.
For LMU, this was the second win in their last three matches, including the win at Gonzaga last weekend. For Saint Mary’s, today’s match capped a tough week as the team went from 3-1 to 3-4 after three losses to WCC opponents this week.
As a team, LMU continued its progress in doubles play Saturday as the Lions would barely squeeze out the point. The Lions got a quick 8-1 victory on Court 2 courtesy of Todd Volmari and Sebastian Bustamante. Then, LMU would need to win on just one of the remaining courts to clinch the doubles point. Both Courts 1 and 3 would go down to the wire with a tie or lead change on nearly every game. On Court 1, the tension was palpable the entire match. The newly awarded WCC Doubles Team of the Month and newly ranked team of Othar Kodrsachia and Felix Van Kann had their winning streak tested, but would prevail in the end. The No. 63 German sophomore duo for the Lions would battle hard and come away with a 9-7 win. The pair is now 7-0 when playing together. Saint Mary’s would win 9-8 in a tiebreaker on Court 3 afterwards, but the match would be inconsequential to the final team score.
After the strong finish in doubles, the Lions would harness their momentum and put the match away early in singles play. Van Kann was the first to finish with a fast 6-2, 6-2 win on Court 5. Next, Cristobal Rivera kept things moving along as he won 6-3, 6-3 on Court 5. Later, Kordsachia would clinch the team win for the Lions with a 6-2, 6-4 win on Court 1, his first singles victory since March 9. Then, the Gaels would get wins on Courts 2 and 3 to end the match for the 5-2 decision.
The Lions will be back at home next weekend with UC Davis on Friday and BYU for senior day on Saturday.
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