No. 30 Santa Clara Downs Portland and Gonzaga, Secures Second Place in WCC

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – In its final weekend of West Coast Conference play, the No. 30 Santa Clara men's tennis team tallied two wins in the Northwest and clinched second place in the WCC. The Broncos (21-4; 7-1 WCC) picked up commanding victories over Portland and Gonzaga on their way to an all-time program high 21 victories this season.

On Fri., April 20, Santa Clara bested Portland 5-2. The Broncos grabbed the doubles points with wins by their No. 2 and No. 3 doubles pairings. Kyle Dandan and Tom Pham downed Stefan Micov and Ratan Gill 8-2 before Eugene Muchynski and Nico Vinel secured the doubles portion.

Against Portland, Dandan eased by Stefan Micov in straight sets for Santa Clara's first singles point. Sophomore John Lamble acquired his sixth-straight singles win in the No. 2 spot. Lamble defeated Geoff Hernandez 6-1, 6-4 to put the Broncos ahead 3-0. After two Portland victories, Ilya Osintsev continued his productive freshman campaign with a victory over Justin Guay. With the dual match in hand, Muchynski added an insurance point by downing Daniel Coelho 6-1, 6-4 to give the Broncos a 5-2 win. 

On Sat., April 21, the Broncos secured a second place finish in the WCC with a dominant 7-0 performance over Gonzaga. Santa Clara overwhelmed the Zags, sweeping both doubles and singles. In doubles, Osintsev and Lamble teamed up for a solid win over the country's No. 79-ranked tandem. Lamble and Osintsev are currently ranked No. 84 in the ITA's doubles rankings and added to their resume with the 8-2 win. The two Broncos are the reigning WCC Doubles Players of the Month. 

In singles, all six Santa Clara players posted victories. Dandan and Lamble secured the points in the No. 1 and No. 2 spot, respectively. Senior Nicolas Vinel added a 6-1, 6-4 victory in the No. 3 spot.

Junior Tom Pham tallied his 21st win of the season in the No. 4 spot. Pham won the first set 6-4, but was not able to close out the match in the second frame. Pham continued to battle and edged Zhia HwaChong 1-0(2) in the third set. Osintsev and Muchynski, who have held down the No. 5 and No. 6 spots all season, added victories to complete the Bronco sweep.

With the two victories this weekend, Santa Clara secures second place in the WCC. The Broncos finish conference play with a 7-1 record. Their only blemish in conference play was against No. 7 Pepperdine. In conference play, Santa Clara picked up impressive victories over then-No. 19 San Diego and then-No. 40 BYU. On their way to a 21-4 record, the Broncos have set a school-best in wins in a season and are currently just one spot removed from the highest ITA ranking in school history. The program-high for ITA ranking is No. 29, which as achieved earlier this season. 

The Broncos can add to their impressive season in the WCC Tournament held in San Diego from April 25-28. Santa Clara will be the second seed in the tournament. Check back for a full preview of the conference tournament later this week.

 

 Position

 Santa Clara University

 University of Portland

 Winner

 Score

 #1 Singles

 #68 Kyle Dandan

 Stefan Micov

 Santa Clara University

 6-2, 7-5

 #2 Singles

 John Lamble

 Geoff Hernandez

 Santa Clara University

 6-1, 6-4

 #3 Singles

 Nicolas Vinel

 Michel HuKwo

 University of Portland

 6-4, 6-3

 #4 Singles

 Tom Pham

 Alex Ferrero

 University of Portland

 7-5, 3-6, 1-0(9)

 #5 Singles

 Ilya Osintsev

 Justin Guay

 Santa Clara University

 6-0, 6-2

 #6 Singles

 Eugene Muchynski

 Daniel Coelho

 Santa Clara University

 6-1, 6-4

 #1 Doubles

 #84Ilya Osintsev 
 John Lamble

 Alex Ferrero 
 Michel HuKwo

 University of Portland

 8-3

 #2 Doubles

 Kyle Dandan 
 Tom Pham

 Stefan Micov 
 Ratan Gill

 Santa Clara University

 8-2

 #3 Doubles

 Eugene Muchynski 
 Nicolas Vinel

 Geoff Hernandez 
 Daniel Coelho

 Santa Clara University

 8-5

 
 

 Position

 Santa Clara University

 Gonzaga University

 Winner

 Score

 #1 Singles

 #68 Kyle Dandan

 Alvaro Nazal

 Santa Clara University

 6-2, 6-4

 #2 Singles

 John Lamble

 Levin Guillermo

 Santa Clara University

 6-4, 6-2

 #3 Singles

 Nicolas Vinel

 Olivier Jamin

 Santa Clara University

 6-1, 6-4

 #4 Singles

 Tom Pham

 Zhia HwaChong

 Santa Clara University

 6-2, 4-6, 1-0(2)

 #5 Singles

 Ilya Osintsev

 Vladimir Mijatovic

 Santa Clara University

 6-1, 7-6

 #6 Singles

 Eugene Muchynski

 Scott Sullivan

 Santa Clara University

 7-5, 6-0

 #1 Doubles

 #84Ilya Osintsev 
 John Lamble

 #79 Scott Sullivan 
 Zhia HwaChong

 Santa Clara University

 8-2

 #2 Doubles

 Kyle Dandan 
 Tom Pham

 Vladimir Mijatovic 
 Olivier Jamin

 Santa Clara University

 7-2

 #3 Doubles

 Eugene Muchynski 
 Nicolas Vinel

 Jake Davis 
 Levin Guillermo

 Santa Clara University

 8-3