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Thunderbirds Drop Match Two In Greeley

February 18, 2017
By SUU Strategic Communication

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GREELEY, Colo. - Fresh off of their first win of the season, the Southern Utah men’s tennis team continued play in Colorado with a match against the MSU Denver Roadrunners. It was another close match, but this time it wouldn’t go the way of the Thunderbirds as they dropped the match by a score of 4-3.

“We needed to rebound from yesterday’s four-hour match better. We competed well in singles today, but we have to execute better in doubles,” head coach Sadhaf Pucher said. “We need to learn how to deal with a quick turnaround between matches.”

The Roadrunners swept the doubles competition with the closest match being a 4-6 loss from the team of Guy Feigin and Micah Alba.

The Thunderbirds were able to pick up a few points in the singles competition with wins in the No. 3, 5, and 6 positions. Guy Feigin defeated Alejandro Martinez-Morilla (7-5, 7-6(3)) in the No. 3, Sergio Palacio defeated Keenan Kaltenbacher (4-6, 6-2, 6-3) in the No. 5 spot, and Cedric Rupa defeated Calum Hayes (6-2, 6-1) in the No. 6 position. The doubles point for the Roadrunners would prove to be the deciding factor as the three other Thunderbirds would drop their singles matches giving MSU the 4-3 win.

The Thunderbirds will play match three of four tomorrow morning in Greeley against Colorado State Pueblo. The match is set to start at 9:00 a.m.

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Singles Competition

1. GRAETZ, Josh(MSU) def. TORDOFF, Conor(SUU) 6-2, 6-2

2. TSCHERNE, Joey(MSU) def. ALBA, Micah(SUU) 6-1, 6-2

3. FEIGIN, Guy(SUU) def. MARTINEZ-MORILLA, Alejandro(MSU) 7-5, 7-6(3)

4. STEMBER, Sam(MSU) def. YEACKER, Ben(SUU) 6-2, 6-2

5. PALACIO, Sergio(SUU) def. KALTENBACHER, Keenan(MSU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

6. RUPA, Cedric(SUU) def. HAYES, Calum(MSU) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles Competition

1. GRAETZ, Josh/TSCHERNE, Joey(MSU) def. TORDOFF, Conor/YEACKER, Ben(SUU) 6-3

2. STEMBER, Sam/KALTENBACHER, Keenan(MSU) def. PALACIO, Sergio/RUPA, Cedric(SUU) 6-1

3. HAYES, Calum/MARTINEZ-MORILLA, Alejandro(MSU) def. FEIGIN, Guy/ALBA, Micah(SUU) 6-4