By Rico Chow, '12
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The No. 65 Santa Clara men's tennis team extended its undefeated home-court winning streak to four with a 5-2 victory against No. 60 UC Santa Barbara on Mon., Feb. 21. The Broncos past six matches have been away and they returned home to grab the first solid win against a higher-ranking team in the season.
SCU will travel again to San Luis Obispo, Calif. to have a dual match against Cal Poly on Sun. Feb. 27. The first serve is scheduled at 1:00 p.m.
Following a competitive loss in the doubles point, with junior pair Kyle Dandan and Nicholas Vinel claiming the sole victory against Taylor Chavez Goggin and Alexander Konigsfeldt at No. 1 doubles action, 8-3, the Broncos came back with five victories in singles actions to claim a 5-2 victory.
At No. 1 singles position, Dandan topped Konigsfeldt at the third-set, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. John Lamble, Nicholas Vinel and Tom Pham successfully defeated their opponents at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. At No. 6 position, Eugene Muchynski scored a victory at the second third-set of the match against Santa Barbara's Philip Therp, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
"After losing the doubles point, I was impressed with the fight in our team to come back and win five singles matches," said Bronco men's tennis coach Derek Mills.
#1Singles: SCU Kyle Dandan def. UCSB Alexander Konigsfeldt; 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
#2Singles: UCSB Benjamin Recknagel def. SCU Maxime Armengaud; 1-6, 6-0, 6-2
#3Singles: SCU John Lamble def. UCSB Matt Forget; 7-5, 6-3
#4Singles: SCU Nicolas Vinel def. UCSB Taylor Chavez Goggin; 6-3, 6-3
#5Singles: SCU Tom Pham def. UCSB Max Glenn; 6-1, 6-4
#6Singles: SCU Eugene Muchynski def. UCSB Philip Therp; 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
#1Doubles: SCU Dandan/Vinel def. UCSB Goggin/Konigsfeldt; 8-3
#2Doubles: UCSB Recknagel/Forget def. SCU Armengaud/Pham; 8-6
#3Doubles: UCSB Therp/Jurgensen def. SCU Muchynski/Lamble; 8-2