Singles First Set-Up Serves Dons Well in Win Over LMU

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After dropping Friday’s match 6-1 to WCC foes No. 6 Pepperdine, the Dons men’s tennis team brought some vengeance to the courts on Saturday, crushing Loyal Marymount in a 5-2 victory.

San Francisco won four out of six singles matches. In an unorthodox twist, singles matches took place before the doubles matches — NCAA standard tennis format is to play doubles first.

The two teams were tied 2-2 after the first four singles matches. Freshman Nils Skajaa’s 6-0, 6-1 defeat of LMU’s freshman Cristobal Rivera was the first match to be completed. LMU took the second completed match, as the Lions’ junior Sebastian Baustamante defeated junior Germain Bahri, 6-3, 6-3.

The Dons No.1 singles man, senior Thai Tu, took his match 6-2, 6-3, followed by another LMU victory in the No. 6 matchup between USF senior Richard Bucalem and the Lions’ sophomore Felix Van Kann. USF’s No. 3 senior William Schumacher and No. 2 sophomore Bernardo Saraiva came through for the Dons with 6-7, 7-6 and 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victories respectively to win the singles portion for USF.

Two more victories on the doubles side were just icing on the cake for San Francisco, who took home their first WCC win of the season.

“It was good to see the guys close a match out today with opportunities on the line,” said USF coach Peter Bartlett to usfdons.com. “The WCC conference is definitely a dog fight right now and we’ll take any win we can get.”

The Dons will face San Diego on Friday, April 5 at 1:30 p.m. in San Diego.They will not return home until they face Portland on April 19, followed by Gonzaga on April 20.

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