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Men’s Tennis Picks Up First Win In Program History

February 17, 2017
By SUU Strategic Communication

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GREELEY, Colo. - The Southern Utah men’s tennis team opened up play in Greeley Friday afternoon with a 4-3 win over Creighton University. The win over the Bluejays is the first win in the five-year history of the program.

Today we made history for our men's tennis team at Southern Utah University. Every person on our team contributed to this win today,” head coach Sadhaf Pucher said. “I would like to give credit to my volunteer assistant coach (Colin Brown) for keeping Ben (Yeacker) and Cedric (Rupa) resilient throughout their match. We need to build off of this and finish strong with our next three matches.”

The match opened with the doubles competition where the Thunderbirds would fall 2-1 and lose the point. Guy Feigin and Ben Yeacker were the only doubles team to pick up a match win as they defeated Armando Gandini and Daniel Lopez-Rey 6-4.

The singles competition is where things got interesting for the Thunderbirds. After going down 2-0 in the match, Ben Yeacker (3-6, 6-3, 6-3) and Cedric Rupa (4-6, 6-3, 6-4) pulled off comeback wins in the No. 4 and No. 6 positions respectively. Guy Feigin then gave the Thunderbirds their third point in a row and a 3-2 lead by defeating Brooks Kendall (6-4, 7-5).

Creighton would answer back immediately, tying the match at 3-3 when Lopez-Rey defeated Sergio Palacio (4-6, 6-4, 6-2) in the No. 5 position. The match came down to the winner of the battle between Conor Tordoff and Armando Gandini in the No. 1 singles position.

The freshman from Sheffield, U.K. defeated Gandini in three sets (7-6, 1-6, 7-5), securing the win for his team and cementing their place in SUU history.

The Thunderbirds will look to keep their momentum rolling when they take on MSU Denver tomorrow afternoon in Greeley.

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Singles competition

1. TORDOFF, Conor (SUU) def. Armando Gandini (CU) 7-6, 1-6, 7-5

2. Harrison Lang (CU) def. ALBA, Micah (SUU) 6-0, 6-2

3. FEIGIN, Guy (SUU) def. Brooks Kendall (CU) 6-4, 7-5

4. YEACKER, Ben (SUU) def. Jake Glazer (CU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

5. Daniel Lopez-Rey (CU) def. PALACIO, Sergio (SUU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

6. RUPA, Cedric (SUU) def. Mac Mease (CU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4


Doubles competition

1. Harrison Lang/Brooks Kendall (CU) def. PALACIO, Sergio/ALBA, Micah (SUU) 6-4

2. Mac Mease/Alex Koca (CU) def. TORDOFF, Conor/RUPA, Cedric (SUU) 6-2

3. FEIGIN, Guy/YEACKER, Ben (SUU) def. Armando Gandini/Daniel Lopez-Rey (CU) 6-4


Match Notes

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles(2,4,6,3,5,1)