March 18, 2014

Men's Tennis stay near top of Big Sky with sweep of Southern Utah

Collin Boyles

CEDAR CITY, Utah -- The Northern Colorado men's tennis team made quick work of its match on Monday afternoon, sweeping Southern Utah, 7-0, to move to 7-3 and 5-1 in Big Sky Conference play. Winds reached around 25 mph at the Thunderbird Tennis Courts.

The Bears won all six singles matches in two sets, allowing four set points just once. The No. 2 and 3 doubles matches also held their opponents to three set points while the No. 1 spot was the closest match of the day.

The No. 2 doubles pair of sophomores Mitchel Knight (Tulsa, Okla.) and Jacob Sheldon (Parker, Colo.) finished first while taking an 8-3 win. Senior Michael Moya (Whittier, Calif.) and sophomore Eric Schuermans (Sao Paulo, Brazil) finished next, also with an 8-3 win, in the No. 3 spot. Junior Ben Gendron (Flower Mound, Texas) and freshman Austin Mayo (Austin, Texas) faced a battle in the No. 1 match, but pulled out the 8-6 win for their ninth doubles win of the season.

Mayo was able to finish the No. 3 singles match quick, getting the 6-1, 6-1 win for the Bears' first singles point of the day. The No. 1 and 6 matches finished next, in that order, to secure the team win with four total points for UNC. The Bears breezed through the No. 5 and 4 matches before the most contested singles match of the day. Knight, in the No. 2 spot, was the only Bear to allow four set points while winning, 6-1, 6-4.

Northern Colorado continues Big Sky play on Wednesday while heading to Northern Arizona. The Bears and Lumberjacks will have first serve at 3 p.m., following the conclusion of the women's match.

Northern Colorado 7, Southern Utah 0 - Cedar City, Utah
Singles competition
No. 1: GENDRON, Ben (UNC) def. BENSON, Troy (SUU) 6-1, 6-3
No. 2: KNIGHT, Mitchel (UNC) def. ROBBINS, Blair (SUU) 6-1, 6-4
No. 3: MAYO, Austin (UNC) def. DIAL, Alex (SUU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 4: SCHUERMANS, Eric (UNC) def. STORY, Ammon (SUU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 5: LOUGHNAN, Jordan (UNC) def. OLCOTT, Branden (SUU) 6-0, 6-2
No. 6: CARLSON, Jeff (UNC) def. JOHN, Mitchell (SUU) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition
No. 1: GENDRON, Ben/MAYO, Austin (UNC) def. BENSON, Troy/ROBBINS, Blair (SUU) 8-6
No. 2: KNIGHT, Mitchel/SHELDON, Jacob (UNC) def. DIAL, Alex/OLCOTT, Branden (SUU) 8-3
No. 3: MOYA, Michael/SCHUERMANS, Eric (UNC) def. STORY, Ammon/JOHN, Mitchell (SUU) 8-3