San Francisco men’s tennis fell 0-7 to No. 19 San Diego on Sunday, April 15 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. The Toreros (13-6, 4-1 WCC) brought a fresh team after both their previous Bay Area matches of the weekend, Santa Clara and St. Mary’s, were cancelled due to rain. The Dons (3-15, 1-5 WCC) have one conference win this season, a 5-2 victory over St. Mary’s in Moraga. However this weekend they just weren’t able to compete with the powerhouse from down south.
USF’s strongest singles performance was a 7-5, 6-1 loss by the Dons No. 1 Germain Bahri to No. 36 ranked Nikola Bubnic of San Diego. Bahri, a sophomore from Gosselies, Belgium, has been a top competitor for the Dons this season. Bahri’s doubles match, with fellow Don, junior Jonathon Knowlman, ended in an 8-2 loss to Toreros team senior Patrick Pohlmann and junior Thibaut Visy.
The No. 2 doubles match came down to an 8-6 loss for the Dons, with junior William Schumacher and senior Thai Tu falling to sophomore Clarke Spinosa and freshman Victor Pugliese of USD.
Schumacher summed up the tough day for the Dons in just a few word, “I lost…and the team lost.”
San Francisco has played better matches this season and is looking to put up some better performances in the rest of the regular season and the final tournament.
“As a team I hope that we can finish the year strong by winning both of our last regular season matches on the road this upcoming weekend,” Schumacher said.
The Dons are headed on a road trip to the Pacific Northwest this weekend to play the Gonzaga Bulldogs in Spokane, Wash. on Friday, April 20 and the University of Portland Pilots in Portland, Ore. on Saturday, April 21. The results of their final two WCC regular season matches will help determine USF’s seeding in the WCC Championships Tournament. The tournament will be held in San Diego on April 26-28.
“I would like for the team to make a deep run in the conference tournament and build some momentum for next season to reach our goal of making the NCAA tournament,” Schumacher said.
The current WCC leader is the Pepperdine Waves of Malibu, Calif. The Waves are ranked No. 8 in the nation and are currently undefeated in the WCC. “The WCC is a very strong conference this year and every team is a good team, but I think that our toughest opponent has been Pepperdine, who is having a great season,” Schumacher said.
Schumacher, a 5’11” junior from New Orleans, Louisiana is personally working towards getting healthy and finishing his season strong. “I would like to recover to full health after suffering a few injuries this season and regain full confidence in my game.”
With a tennis coach for a father, Schumacher has been playing the sport since the time he learned to walk. “The best part about tennis is the satisfaction I get in those matches when I play my best and have total confidence in all of my shots.”
Schumacher and the rest of the Dons team return to action this Friday at 12:00 PM against Gonzaga University (8-10, 1-5 WCC) in Spokane, Wash.