April 22, 2011

No. 47 Broncos Defeat USF To Play USD for WCC Title Saturday

By Rico Chow '12

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Friday afternoon the No. 47-ranked Santa Clara Bronco men's tennis team defeated rival San Francisco in the second round of the West Coast Conference tournament, 4-1. With the win, SCU improves to 15-7 on the season, 4-2 in WCC play.

The Broncos advance to the WCC Championship for the second straight season. Santa Clara will be playing in the finals Sat., Apr. 23, at 11:30 a.m. versus tournament host and nationally ranked No. 34 San Diego Toreros, who are the top seed.

"Our team rebounded well after we lost the doubles point," said head coach Derek Mills. "We know we are the underdog tomorrow but we are going to give it our best shot."

To see live scores of the WCC championship tomorrow, click here.

Bronco teammates John Lamble and Eugene Muchynski at the No. 3 spot grabbed an 8-6 victory against San Francisco's Peder Steen and Germain Bahri pair but that was the only victory the Broncos earned in doubles action, which gave the Dons an early lead in the WCC Championships semi-finals match.

In singles, SCU bounced back confidently when Maxime Armengaud, Tom Pham, Nicolas Vinel and Keith Kamono topped their opponents at the No. 2, 4, 5, and 6 positions, respectively, while Kyle Dandan and Lamble were leading in their match at the No. 1 and 3 spots.

Go Broncos!

 

#2 Santa Clara 4, #3 San Francisco 1

 

Doubles

Score

1. Mark DeCastro/Richard Bucalem (USF) def. Nico Vinel/Maxime Armengaud (SCU)

8-6

2. Ola Bakke/Jacob Hartwig (USF) def. Kyle Dandan/Tom Pham (SCU)

9-8 (3)

3. John Lamble/Eugene Muchynski (SCU) def. Peder Steen/Germain Bahri (USF)

8-6

 

Singles

Score

1. Kyle Dandan (SCU) leads Ola Bakke (USF)

7-6, 6-6 (DNF)

2. Maxime Armengaud (SCU) def. Mark DeCastro (USF)

1-6, 6-3, 7-5

3. John Lamble (SCU) leads Richard Bucalem (USF)

2-6, 6-4, 4-0 (DNF)

4. Tom Pham (SCU) def. Jacob Hartwig (USF)

6-1, 6-1

5. Nico Vinel (SCU) def. Alex Kotlyar (USF)

6-4, 6-2

6. Keith Kamono (SCU) def. Germain Bahri (USF)

6-3, 6-1