Lions Clinch Spot in WCC Tournament
LMU defeated Santa Clara, 4-2, at home to earn a spot in next week’s WCC Tournament.
Needing a win to clinch a spot in next week’s West Coast Conference Tournament in Claremont, LMU men’s tennis (11-9, 4-4 WCC) defeated Santa Clara (10-12, 3-5 WCC) by a score of 4-2 on Saturday from the LMU Tennis Center.
LMU clinched the doubles point by way of victories on courts two and three. Lukas Moenter and Luke Bohuslav defeated Ashot Khackaryan/Max Heerinckx, 6-3, on court three before Charles Boyce and Cristobal Rivera topped Andrew Gu/Kamram Khan, 6-4, to put LMU up a point in the match score.
Errol Smith, playing at #3 singles, promptly defeated Gu, 6-3, 6-0, to make it 2-0 LMU, but SCU’s Connor Garnett managed a victory over Joat Farah, 6-3, 6-3, on court four to draw the visitors within a point.
Jamie Thorp, who played at #6 singles due to Moenter having to scratch, cruised past Sebastien Mathieu, 6-2, 6-2, to push LMU within a point of capturing the match. Khacharyan kept the Broncos alive with a hard-fought 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) victory over Boyce at #1 singles, but the senior Rivera rallied from a set down on court two to defeat Robert Seby, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, to hand LMU the victory and punch the ticket to the WCC Tournament.
LMU will close out the regular season tomorrow at 11 a.m. when it hosts Gonzaga.
Santa Clara vs LMU (Apr 23, 2016)
LMU 4, Santa Clara 2
Apr 23, 2016 at Los Angeles, Calif. (LMU Tennis Center)
1. Ashot Khacharyan (SCU) def. Charles Boyce (LMU) 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-3)
2. Cristobal Rivera (LMU) def. Robert Seby (SCU) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
3. Errol Smith (LMU) def. Andrew Gu (SCU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Connor Garnett (SCU) def. Joat Farah (LMU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Luke Bohuslav (LMU) vs. Kamram Khan (SCU) 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 1-0, unfinished
6. Jamie Thorp (LMU) def. Sebastien Mathieu (SCU) 6-2, 6-2
1. Joat Farah/Errol Smith (LMU) vs. Robert Seby/Connor Garnett (SCU) 5-5, unfinished
2. Charles Boyce/Cristobal Rivera (LMU) def. Andrew Gu/Kamram Khan (SCU) 6-4
3. Lukas Moenter/Luke Bohuslav (LMU) def. Ashot Khacharyan/Max Heerinckx (SCU) 6-3
Santa Clara 10-12, 3-5
LMU 11-9, 4-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,4,6,1,2)
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