Another 4-3 Heartbreaker
Lions push No. 39 BYU to the limit but fall to second straight 4-3 heartbreaker.
April 20, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- For the second time in as many days and for the eighth time this spring, the LMU men's tennis team walked away with a heartbreaking 4-3 setback, this time to No. 39 BYU at the LMU Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon to conclude the regular season.
Both teams head to the 2013 WCC Championships next week in San Diego.
"Our guys played their hearts out, and we had one of the top teams in the country on the ropes," said Head Coach Brad Sceney. "But once again we just couldn't find a way to close it when it mattered most. I am proud of how we played, but I am at a loss at why we just can't close the deal on these tight matches. It has been our theme this entire season. We just have to continue to learn from this as we head into the WCC Championships."
The match was close throughout as the teams split the first two doubles matches as No. 2 doubles Nicholas Bjerke and Sebastian Bustamante won the first match 8-3 over Andrey Goryachkov and Spencer Smith.
However, BYU (20-5, 7-1) won the last two to take the doubles point.
In singles play, Felix Van Kann earned the Lions' first point of the match with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Goryachkov at No. 5 singles.
BYU then took the overall lead in the match at 3-1 with wins at No. 3 and No. 1 singles.
LMU (4-19, 2-6) wasn't finished as Bustamante earned a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 4 singles and then Daniel Simko earned a thrilling 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win at No 6 singles to tie the overall match at 3-3.
It came down to No. 2 singles as Todd Volmari fell in the first set to Spencer Smith, 7-6. He then recovered to send the match to a third set with a 6-3 win in the second. With the final set knotted at 4-4, Smith won the final two sets to win the match and give the Cougars the win.