March 27, 2010

Van Lier Wins Fourth Straight As Tennis Closes Out Home Season

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GREELEY, Colo. – The Northern Colorado men’s tennis team concluded the home portion of the 2010 schedule with a 6-1 loss to Creighton.

The Bears came out strong in doubles play with Travis Day and Conor Buchanan forced a tiebreaker at number two, but McAvoy and Norman were able to hang on for the 7-3 win.

“Travis and Conor played great today,” said Head Coach Tim Bearman. “They really battled and came back after being down to get the match to a tiebreaker. Unfortunately, the guys from Creighton came up with some big serves to win the breaker.”

Sophomore Calix Van Lier continued to play well, winning his fourth straight match at number one singles with a three-set 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 victory for the Bears lone point.

Day dropped the first set 6-1 at number five singles, but then kicked it in, winning the second set 6-4 and battling to extra points in the third set tiebreaker before eventually falling 14-12.

Creighton won the other four singles points in straight sets en route to their seventh straight victory.

“Van Lier played a great match against a very good player in Billy Paluch,” said Bearman. “Travis also had one of his strongest performances. The tiebreaker for the third set was amazing. Both players fought off a couple of match points and Travis left everything he had on the court.”

The Bears now take the road for four matches, all in Big Sky Conference play, facing Idaho State, Weber State, Montana and Montana State over the next three weeks.