#69 Lions Win Doubles Point, Drop Match to #61 Pepperdine
LMU won the doubles point, but dropped a quarterfinal match to Pepperdine at the WCC Championships.
Playing in the quarterfinals of the 2016 West Coast Conference men’s tennis Championships on Thursday, #69 LMU (12-10) won the doubles point over #61 Pepperdine (13-10), but the Waves rallied to win the first four singles matches to earn a 4-1 victory and end LMU’s season.
With the win, Pepperdine earned another point in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup standings, increasing its lead to 9.5-7.5.
The Lions won an epic doubles match on court one to decide the doubles point. Lautaro Pane/Tom Hill of Pepperdine defeated Luke Bohuslav/Lukas Moenter on court three, 6-3, but All-WCC second team doubles pair of Charles Boyce/Cristobal Rivera kept the Lions alive with a 6-3 victory of its own on court two. With all eyes locked on court one, Errol Smith/Joat Farah defeated Pedro Iamachkine/Stefan Menichella, 7-6 (1) in a tiebreaker.
After dropping the doubles point, Pepperdine rallied to win the first set of every singles match, ultimately recording victories on courts one, two, three and six to capture the match. Hadlich defeated Boyce at #1 singles, 6-2, 6-0, to even the match at 1-1 before Gabriel Sidney knocked off Jamie Thorp, 6-3, 6-2, on court six to hand the Waves the advantage at 2-1. A win from Iamachkine over Smith on court three, 7-6 (2), 6-3, pushed Pepperdine within a win of the match, with Pane outlasting Rivera, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, on court two to send Pepperdine to the next round.
LMU finishes the season at 12-10 and 5-4 in the WCC.
LMU vs Pepperdine University (Apr 28, 2016) #61 Pepperdine University 4, #69 LMU 1 Apr 28, 2016 at Claremont, Calif.
1. Guilherme Hadlich (PU) def. Charles Boyce (LMU) 6-2, 6-0
2. Lautaro Pane (PU) def. Cristobal Rivera (LMU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
3. Pedro Iamachkine (PU) def. Errol Smith (LMU) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
4. Jack Van Slyke (PU) vs. Joat Farah (LMU) 7-6, 3-6, 4-1, unfinished
5. Stefan Menichella (PU) vs. Luke Bohuslav (LMU) 6-1, 4-6, 3-4, unfinished
6. Gabriel Sidney (PU) def. Jamie Thorp (LMU) 6-3, 6-2
1. Errol Smith/Joat Farah (LMU) def. Pedro Iamachkine/Stefan Menichella (PU) 7-6 (7-1)
2. Charles Boyce/Cristobal Rivera (LMU) def. Guilherme Hadlich/Jack Van Slyke (PU) 6-3
3. Lautaro Pane/Tom Hill (PU) def. Luke Bohuslav/Lukas Moenter (LMU) 6-3
LMU 12-10; National ranking #69
Pepperdine University 13-10; National ranking #61
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,6,3,2)
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