March 30, 2013

No. 67 Bronco Men's Tennis Tops LMU in Thrilling, Come-From-Behind Win

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The No. 67 Bronco men's tennis team picked up their first WCC win of the season on Friday, defeating the visiting LMU Lions for their second straight victory. Santa Clara fell behind 3-1 in the match before mounting a furious comeback to secure the 4-3 win.

The Broncos will face No. 6 Pepperdine tomorrow, Mar. 30 at 10 am on the Mission Campus. The match time was moved up one hour due to inclement weather.

Santa Clara is 13-6 overall, including 10-2 on its home courts. The squad has a 1-3 mark on the road and is 2-1 in neutral contests. Santa Clara recorded its first WCC win, improving to 1-2 in conference matchups.

LMU proved its fight early on, winning No. 3 doubles 8-4 and No. 1 doubles in a tiebreaker for the doubles point. The Broncos wouldn't give in, however, storming back to stun the Lions.

Matt Kecki was on a roll at No. 4, overwhelming his opponent 6-1, 6-4. The win was Kecki's 10th on the season and first since Feb. 18, as he was unavailable for the previous few weeks. LMU continued to receive solid production from their No. 5 and No. 6 singles spots. At No. 5, Tomaz Soltyka took the first set and battled until the end in a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 final. Eugene Muchynski, who came up big in the win over No. 55 Tulane, fell 6-4, 6-4 at No. 6.

The Broncos' backs were against the wall, down 3-1 in the match with the remaining SCU players all having dropped the first set. No one would give in, however, and each individual came back in dominating fashion.

In the top spot, No. 63 John Lamble overcame a first set hiccup to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 for his 17th win of the season (17-10). Lamble has won 10 of 11 matches with the only loss due to cramps. Ilya Osintsev, who dropped the first set 3-6, recovered nicely for the 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 final at No. 2. The victory improved Osintsev's record to 12-8 on the season.

With Lamble and Osintsev evening the match, Santa Clara's fate rested in the hands of Tom Pham at No. 4. Pham rebounded with a relentless effort despite a tiebreak loss in the first set, ultimately prevailing 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 before a large crowd of 50 people or more. After clinching the win, Pham yelled in celebration and high-fived his Bronco teammates.

 Position

 Santa Clara University

 Loyola Marymount University

 Winner

 Score

 #1 Singles

 #63 John Lamble

 Othar Kordsachia

 Santa Clara University

 1-6, 6-3, 6-2

 #2 Singles

 Ilya Osintsev

 Nicholas Bjerke

 Santa Clara University

 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

 #3 Singles

 Matt Kecki

 Todd Volmari

 Santa Clara University

 6-1, 6-4

 #4 Singles

 Tom Pham

 Sebastian Bustamante

 Santa Clara University

 6-7, 6-4, 6-2

 #5 Singles

 Tomasz Soltyka

 Cristobal Rivera

 Loyola Marymount University

 3-6, 6-1, 6-2

 #6 Singles

 Eugene Muchynski

 Felix Van Kann

 Loyola Marymount University

 6-4, 6-4

 #1 Doubles

 Ilya Osintsev
 Matt Kecki

 Othar Kordsachia
 Felix Van Kann

 Loyola Marymount University

 9-8

 #2 Doubles

 John Lamble
 Tom Pham

 Nicholas Bjerke
 Sebastian Bustamante

 Unfinished

 

 #3 Doubles

 Eugene Muchynski
 Tomasz Soltyka

 Daniel Simko
 Jack Zapala

 Loyola Marymount University

 8-4