March 24, 2012

No. 34 Santa Clara Edges No. 38 BYU in WCC Opener

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by Brandon Rebboah

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -  The No. 34 Santa Clara men's tennis program began the  West Coast Conference portion of its season with an impressive 4-3 victory over No. 40 BYU. The WCC match was highlighted by clutch doubles performances from all three Bronco tandems.

Santa Clara's doubles teams gave the Broncos a lead in the first portion of the match with three victories. Ilya Osintsev and John Lamble teamed up for an impressive win over BYU's top doubles duo of Georgy Batrakov and Patrick Kawka. Osintsev and Lamble put the Broncos on the board with a 8-4 victory. Kyle Dandan and Tom Pham paired up for another Santa Clara victory.

Senior Nicolas Vinel and junior Eugene Muchynski downed Keaton Cullimore and Michael Eraso in a back-and-forth match that had fans on the edge of their seats.

With the doubles point secured by Santa Clara, BYU battled back in singles. Batrakov, the ITA's No. 45 ranked singles player, defeated Dandan in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. Lamble gave Santa Clara its first singles victory with a 6-4, 6-1 victory in the No. 2 spot. After BYU tallied two more singles victories, Osintsev and Muchynski came up clutch for Santa Clara. Osintsev downed Francis Sargeant 6-4, 6-3 before Muchynski ended the dual match by outlasting Eraso 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

RESULTS

 

 Position

 Santa Clara University

 Brigham Young University

 Winner

 Score

 #1 Singles

 #133 Kyle Dandan

 #45 Georgy Batrakov

 Brigham Young University

 4-6, 6-4, 7-5

 #2 Singles

 John Lamble

 Spencer Smith

 Santa Clara University

 6-4, 6-1

 #3 Singles

 Nicolas Vinel

 Patrick Kawka

 Brigham Young University

 6-3, 6-3

 #4 Singles

 #150 Tom Pham

 Keaton Cullimore

 Brigham Young University

 4-6, 6-2, 4-4, ret.

 #5 Singles

 #151 Ilya Osintsev

 Francis Sargeant

 Santa Clara University

 6-4, 6-3

 #6 Singles

 Eugene Muchynski

 Michael Eraso

 Santa Clara University

 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

 #1 Doubles

 Ilya Osintsev 
 John Lamble

 Georgy Batrakov 
 Patrick Kawka

 Santa Clara University

 8-4

 #2 Doubles

 Kyle Dandan 
 Tom Pham

 Spencer Smith 
 Francis Sargeant

 Santa Clara University

 8-2

 #3 Doubles

 Eugene Muchynski 
 Nicolas Vinel

 Keaton Cullimore 
 Michael Eraso

 Santa Clara University

 7-5

 
 

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