Thunderbirds Down Mavericks In First Home Match
By SUU Strategic Communication
ST. GEORGE, Utah - The Southern Utah men’s tennis team hosted Colorado Mesa in their first home match of the 2017 season Saturday afternoon in St. George. After taking the doubles point the Thunderbirds never looked back, taking the match by a score of 5-2.
“To win 5-2 against a team we lost 0-7 multiple times last year is a big accomplishment for this program. I am so proud of every player on this team,” head coach Sadhaf Pucher said. “Once again every player contributed towards our victory today. We are molding into better players each week which is rewarding to see as a coach.”
The Thunderbirds dominated the doubles competition as Ben Yeacker and Guy Feigin defeated CMU’s Nicholas Farmen and Oliver Lindqvist and Conor Tordoff and Cedric Rupa defeated Lucas Martin and Alain De La Bastide, both by a score of 6-3.
Up 1-0, the Thunderbirds turned to the singles competition where they picked up two quick points from Rupa in the No. 6 position and Feigin in the No. 3 spot to go up 3-0. The Mavericks got their first point of the match when Farmen defeated Micah Alba (7-6, 6-3) in the No. 2 position.
The Thunderbirds responded immediately when Sergio Palacio secured the match-winning point by defeating CMU’s Oliver Lindqvist (7-6, 0-6, 6-3) in the No. 5 position. Their fifth and final point of the match came when Nicolas de Enrique Schmidt defeated Alain De La Bastide (6-1, 2-6, 6-3) for his first singles win of the season.
The Thunderbirds will hit the road next week for two Big Sky matchups with Montana and Montana State.
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1. Max Lindqvist (CMU) def. TORDOFF, Conor (SUU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
2. Nicholas Farmen (CMU) def. ALBA, Micah (SUU) 7-6, 6-3
3. FEIGIN, Guy (SUU) def. Lucas Martin (CMU) 6-2, 7-6
4. ENRIQUE SCHMIDT,Nico (SUU) def. Alain De La Bastide (CMU) 6-1, 2-6, 6-3
5. PALACIO, Sergio (SUU) def. Oliver Lindqvist (CMU) 7-6, 0-6, 6-3
6. RUPA, Cedric (SUU) def. Daniel Ness (CMU) 6-3, 6-2
1. YEACKER, Ben/FEIGIN, Guy (SUU) def. Nicholas Farmen/Oliver Lindqvist (CMU) 6-3
2. ALBA, Micah/PALACIO, Sergio (SUU) vs. Max Lindqvist/William Agritelley (CMU) 4-2, unfinished
3. TORDOFF, Conor/RUPA, Cedric (SUU) def. Lucas Martin/Alain De La Bastide (CMU) 6-3
Colorado Mesa 0-3
Southern Utah 2-6Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,3,2,5,1,4)