February 5, 2012

Men's tennis wins first spring match

The Northern Colorado men's tennis team competed in a close match up with non-conference rival Seattle and went on to beat the Redhawks 4-3 on Sunday.

Match times for the weekend kept changing due to weather so the Bears and Redhawks competed in a different format. Singles play took place first with the five and six singles playing eight game pro sets instead of full sets, as well as a 10-point tiebreaker for the third set if necessary.

After singles play, the match was tied at 3-3, so the doubles matches were played in order to determine who came out victorious.

"The guys competed well all weekend, with great intensity and focus and I'm glad that we were able to grind out that win against Seattle University," said Head Coach Tim Bearman.

All of the singles matches were close and the Bears were able to get wins in the one, four, and five positions.

It started with senior Brandon Lupo defeating Andrew Anderson 6-3, 7-5 at number one. Freshman Ben Gendron  then defeatedJason Bediones in a close 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) match. Finally, to tie the match at 3-3, sophomore Michael Moya defeated Yusuke Kaneharia 8-6 in a pro set.

The doubles action saw a win for all three Northern Colorado doubles teams giving the Bears their first win of the season. Lupo and Gendron beat Tom Plunkett and Flavio Malagutti 8-4 at number one singles to stay undefeated on the day

Ryan Lane and Jordan Loughnan defeated Bediones and Kevin Lynch 8-6 while sophomores Moya and Jeff Carlson came away with a close 8-7 (7-5) victory over Anderson and Eric Chalmers at number three

"Hopefully it's a turning point for the men," said Bearman. "We have two extremely tough conferences matches this weekend against Northern Arizona and Portland State and if they continue to play with that kind of energy and discipline, we will continue to see positive results.

The Bears compete Saturday against Northern Arizona at 2 p.m. following the women, and another conference match Sunday against Portland State at 9 a.m.